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The Taming of the Shrew (edition 2011)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:The Taming of the Shrew
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 148 pages
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This is what inspired me to get into acting. I had to read it several times and watch the movie version several times (Burton & Taylor), but when it sunk in . . . it changed my life. ( )
  randybabbs | Sep 30, 2016 |
I've been slowly making my way back through Shakespeare's canon in the amazing Folio Letterpress editions. I pretty much read them all in high school but it's been so long that I have forgotten the lesser known plays. However, I bumped this one up in the reading queue because I just discovered the new Hogarth Shakespeare series. The project pairs acclaimed and bestselling novelists with the plays to re-imagine and retell them. So I'll be reading Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler as soon as it arrives from Powell's. But enough of that...

While the play was enjoyable for the battle of wills between Kate and Petruchio, and made for some comedy, great passages, and quotes, the ally in me exited the "theater" with disgust. Kate's last speech might have been what was pushed as the norm in the Bard's time, and some people might wish it was the "family value" way still. But that speech didn't sit well with this feminist; rather, it almost pushed me over the edge of forgetting the play was written 450 years ago.

Nevertheless, it is Shakespeare, and I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to see the Shrew staged. Nor am I ever sorry to read one of his plays in this particular edition. So thumbs up on the wit and artistry of Shakespeare; thumbs down on Kate's transformation.
  jveezer | Sep 27, 2016 |
Really funny. Although, yes, it is technically sexist. When I heard that last speech performed live, there was no real mutual respect it seemed, and maybe it was a little dull. But when the mutual respect is clear, you realize it isn't just Kate who has changed, but her husband as well. Thus it becomes clear that they respect each other, and truly, while it appears that she is 'beneath him' and always agreeing with everything he says, there is an air that she is only learning to not be contrary and she thus becomes able to be in a relationship, in a partnership. ( )
  knotbox | Jun 10, 2016 |
Review: The Taming Of The Shrew by W. Shakespeare. The play is full of action, comedy, and many mistaken and hidden identities to keep the reader captivated by Shakespeare style of writing. The Folger edition I read was very helpful in explaining and understanding the context with ease. There detailed side notes and definitions of unfamiliar words was very helpful. It’s a story of love, family, money, greed, loyalty written as a play. I believe Shakespeare was an absolute genius in terms of understanding human psychology and expressing manner that justifies the existence of the English language. Some readers may feel offended with “The Taming of the Shrew” but I thought it was brilliant for the era it was created and set as a comedy. Shakespeare exhibited the submissive role of women as well as the poor treatment of servants, always from a comical view, which is a useful way to understand the era and its habits and customs. The characters are real and enchanting. It starts off with Baptista Minola having two daughters, sweet Bianca and all her suitors and stubborn Katherine who wants to do what she wants, but their father is only concerned in selling them to rich husbands and not their happiness. Since Bianca is not allowed to marry before Katherine she comes up with a plan to move Katherine in the path of one of her own suitors but the plan takes a twist in another direction. An impoverished nobleman named Petruchio with a sharp wit as Katherine is the only suitor who would marry her and their father gladly jumps at the chance. Petruchio claims he can tame Katherine, “the Shrew” like an animal in no time by starving her and keeping her in old clothing and shaming her in public. … Katherine soon appears to be “Tamed” by Petruchuo’s cruelties, learns the art of subtlety and diplomacy that will enable her to survive in a society ruled by men. Katherine surprised all in the last scene when she gave a humble affirmation speech of the superiority of men while ridiculing Petruchio, Lucentio, and Hortensio for their efforts of taming there women in a few days by incompetent control method. This speech comes from a woman who, after years of intimidating the men around her, has been browbeaten, emotionally abused and humiliated but still survived…. ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
The Roma Gill study guide is a great study guide for students and teachers alike. She can explain the ins and outs of the play that is relevant for students. The notes are clear and comprehensive and will help to create meaningful learning. ( )
  redstardude | May 13, 2016 |
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Baudissin, Wolf Heinrich GrafTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergin, Thomas GoddardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevington, David M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

• Scene-by-scene plot summaries

• A key to famous lines and phrases

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Essay by Karen Newman

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