The Taming of the Shrew | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Taming of the Shrew | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Italian Renaissance

    Lucentio travels to Padua to study philosophy.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • Soon after

    Petruchio arrives in Padua, looking for a wealthy wife.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Within a few days

    Lucentio and Hortensio are hired as Bianca's tutors.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • That same afternoon

    Petruchio gets Baptista's approval to marry Katherine.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Moments later

    Tranio, acting on Lucentio's behalf, gets permission to marry Bianca.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • A few days later

    Lucentio and Hortensio woo Bianca through their lessons.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Following Sunday

    Petruchio and Katherine are married.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Immediately after the wedding

    Petruchio and Katherine depart for Padua.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Shortly thereafter

    Petruchio "tames" Katherine by denying her food and sleep.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Meanwhile

    Hortensio renounces Bianca and leaves for Padua.

    Act 4, Scene 2
  • Within a few days

    Petruchio, Katherine, and Hortensio return to Padua.

    Act 4, Scene 5
  • Later that week

    Lucentio and Bianca elope.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • Soon after

    Hortensio marries a rich widow.

    Act 5, Scene 1
  • A few days later

    Lucentio and Bianca celebrate their marriage with a feast.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • Wedding feast

    A changed Katherine speaks out against female rebellion.

    Act 5, Scene 2

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Induction, Scene 1 The play begins with two sections labeled Induction, Scene 1 and Induction, Scene 2. These scenes introduce and set the ... Read More
Induction, Scene 2 Sly wakes up, baffled by his clean clothes and comfortable bed. When the servants address him as their master, he insist... Read More
Act 1, Scene 1 As the scene begins Lucentio has just arrived in Padua with his servant Tranio. In his opening monologue he tells the au... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Petruchio, who hails from Verona, is freshly arrived at the home of his friend Hortensio in Padua. With him is his serva... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 In this scene, which takes place at Baptista Minola's house, Katherine's violent temper is on full display. She has boun... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Lucentio and Hortensio (disguised as her tutors) continue to vie for Bianca's affections. Bianca expresses her frustrati... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Katherine and Petruchio's wedding day has arrived, but the groom is nowhere to be found. Baptista is dismayed, and Kathe... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Grumio arrives at Petruchio's house in Verona and rouses the other servants, who prepare for their master's arrival. Pet... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Back in Padua, Tranio and Hortensio eavesdrop on Lucentio who, still disguised as Cambio, is flirting with Bianca. She r... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 This scene opens in a bedchamber at Petruchio's Verona residence, with Grumio waiting on his new mistress Katherine. At ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 4 In this scene the action briefly returns to Padua. Tranio has coached the Mantuan merchant and has told Baptista Minola ... Read More
Act 4, Scene 5 Petruchio and Katherine are returning to Baptista's house, along with Hortensio and some servants. Although it is midday... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Lucentio and Bianca hurry to Saint Luke's to marry. Petruchio and Katherine arrive at Lucentio's house, along with the r... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 This is a banquet scene, in celebration of Lucentio and Bianca's marriage. At the table the other men make fun of Petruc... Read More
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