The Taming of the Shrew | Study Guide

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the-taming-of-the-shrew-william-shakespeareKatherineHot-tempered young woman; drives away potential suitorsBiancaKatherines scholarly, mild-mannered sister; loves books and music Baptista MinolaWealthy father of Katherine and Bianca; oblivious to othersfeelingsLucentioComes to Padua to study; marries BiancaTranioLucentios loyal servant and Biancas suitor; master of disguise PetruchioFortune hunter; seeks a wife in Padua and marries KatherineMotifsThemesDisguise & DeceptionCourtship is a masquerade in Padua, where suitors pose as schoolteachers and servants pretend to be lords. Gender RolesIn this society, men are in charge, while women are forced into obedience that may even alter their personalities. Wealth Conquers AllOn the Paduan marriage market, greed almost always trumps high-minded ideals of love.MotifsMotifsMusicIn addition to signifying sophistication, music reveals the personalities of those who play it. Ships, Sailing & TradeFor the merchants in the play, sea commerce is a way of life—and a metaphor for marriage. Katherine, Act III, Scene IIsee a woman may be made a foolIf she had not a spirit to resist.The Taming of the Shrewby the NumbersYearly income, in ducats, that Tranio promises to Bianca on Lucentios behalf2,000Year a film adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, was released1967Year The Taming of the Shrew first appeared in printnearly three decades after it premiered1623Bonus,” in crowns, that Baptista Minola pays Petruchio for taming” his daughter 20,000Shakespeare was just starting out as a dramatist when he penned The Taming of the Shrew. This comedy, quite possibly his first, draws on earlier plays and stories dealing with courtship and disguise. Its theme of female submissiveness has made it a controversial work, especially in modern times.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorFor Petruchio, marriage is about one thing: money. When he arrives in Padua, he finds his perfect match in Katherine, a hotheaded young woman whose rich father can’t wait to marry her off. His friends warn him to stay away, but Petruchio has a sinister plan to tame” his ill-tempered bride.For Love orMoney?MAIN CHARACTERSSources: British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare OnlineCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.EnglishOriginal Languagec. 1590–94Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorThe Taming of the ShrewPlayComedy

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