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Taming Of The Shrew

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One of the most controversial and problematic of all of Shakespeares plays, The Taming of the Shrew is a typical Elizabethan domestic comedy written around 1592. Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, arrives in Padua and announces to his friends that I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily, then happily in Padua. He soon finds that a group of men keen to marry One of the most controversial and problematic of all of Shakespeares plays, The Taming of the Shrew is a typical Elizabethan domestic comedy written around 1592. Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, arrives in Padua and announces to his friends that I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily, then happily in Padua. He soon finds that a group of men keen to marry Bianca, the younger daughter of rich old Baptista, are frustrated by her elder, shrewish sister, Katherine. There is much subsequent hilarity as Biancas suitors make a bet with Petruchio that he cannot tame and marry Katherine. Despite Katherines protestations, Petruchio goes ahead with the match, using deliberately unorthodox behaviour to confuse Katherine (including a scene where he starves her), claiming that this is the way to kill a wife with kindness. The play culminates with a scene of Katherines apparently spontaneous subjection to her husbands will, where she places her hand beneath her husbands foot, and tells the other wives present that thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper. The plays gratuitous scenes of women being abused and vilified in the name of comedy has made many directors and critics very uncomfortable with the play, and many feminist critics have condemned contemporary productions of the play as reproducing certain 16th-century stereotypes concerning women who speak out against male authority. -- Jerry Brotton

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One of the most controversial and problematic of all of Shakespeares plays, The Taming of the Shrew is a typical Elizabethan domestic comedy written around 1592. Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, arrives in Padua and announces to his friends that I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily, then happily in Padua. He soon finds that a group of men keen to marry One of the most controversial and problematic of all of Shakespeares plays, The Taming of the Shrew is a typical Elizabethan domestic comedy written around 1592. Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, arrives in Padua and announces to his friends that I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily, then happily in Padua. He soon finds that a group of men keen to marry Bianca, the younger daughter of rich old Baptista, are frustrated by her elder, shrewish sister, Katherine. There is much subsequent hilarity as Biancas suitors make a bet with Petruchio that he cannot tame and marry Katherine. Despite Katherines protestations, Petruchio goes ahead with the match, using deliberately unorthodox behaviour to confuse Katherine (including a scene where he starves her), claiming that this is the way to kill a wife with kindness. The play culminates with a scene of Katherines apparently spontaneous subjection to her husbands will, where she places her hand beneath her husbands foot, and tells the other wives present that thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper. The plays gratuitous scenes of women being abused and vilified in the name of comedy has made many directors and critics very uncomfortable with the play, and many feminist critics have condemned contemporary productions of the play as reproducing certain 16th-century stereotypes concerning women who speak out against male authority. -- Jerry Brotton
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Title Taming Of The Shrew Height 11.6
William Shakespeare, George R. Hibbard Width 1.6
ISBN-13 9780140707106 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 0140707107 Spine Width
Publisher Penguin Books Pages 255
Edition The New Penguin Shakespeare Availability In Stock

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