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The Taming of the Shrew (original 1623; 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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I read this play when I was in the sixth grade and at that time I did not completely understand the meaning of "male ego" or "abusive relationships". As the message hidden in this play depicts that women of those times had to succumb dutifully to their "chauvinist" husbands, years later I came to realize how the society of that era looked down upon the uprising and independent women of all times.

While the reason for this play may or may not have been to contemplate women rights and gender equality, nothing makes it anything less than an excellent read, perhaps a minute literary classic in my say!

First of all, notoriously famous for the dark comedy, this play in my opinion is the best Shakespearean Comedy. The play consisting of extremely comical, vivid and humorous energetic ploys never offered me a chance to put it down and stop reading.

From the beginning of the play the readers get an entertaining idea of how terrifying a shrew, the leading character Kate is because of her amusingly foul mouth and vicious temper. Pair that with an equally determined and witty leading male character, Petruchio, who employs comical methods to shape Kate, and you get a splendid comedy. The play proceeds with an interesting insight into how Kate gradually evolves into his devoted wife and a polite woman.

The characters and their dialogues fashion the utmost wit and brilliant excitement all through out the play. Every scene is composed of numerous hilarious and amusing acts that just grip the readers to continue being indulged in the entertaining story.

The play also stands out because of its unique structure. Most Shakespearean plays comprise of romance, banishment, and disguise as a key theme to the plot.
For instance, one never fails to identify the certain styles of Shakespeare; namely one method would be: Male characters in the beginning disguise themselves and they fall for the wrong women who were also disguised. However, everyone reconcile with their true one in the end after a series of farce incidents.
Another signature style would be: Groups of high ranked men and their king are banished to the forsaken islands or forests by a nemesis. Then the noble men and their king would regain power and get invited back in the end by the strange love marriage between the children of the king and his nemesis!

To a great relief this play consisted of none of those techniques which therefore was a remarkably fresh way of journeying through a wonderful Shakespeare comedy. ( )
  Toufiq | Dec 18, 2014 |
I read this play when I was in the sixth grade and at that time I did not completely understand the meaning of "male ego" or "abusive relationships". As the message hidden in this play depicts that women of those times had to succumb dutifully to their "chauvinist" husbands, years later I came to realize how the society of that era looked down upon the uprising and independent women of all times.

While the reason for this play may or may not have been to contemplate women rights and gender equality, nothing makes it anything less than an excellent read, perhaps a minute literary classic in my say!

First of all, notoriously famous for the dark comedy, this play in my opinion is the best Shakespearean Comedy. The play consisting of extremely comical, vivid and humorous energetic ploys never offered me a chance to put it down and stop reading.

From the beginning of the play the readers get an entertaining idea of how terrifying a shrew, the leading character Kate is because of her amusingly foul mouth and vicious temper. Pair that with an equally determined and witty leading male character, Petruchio, who employs comical methods to shape Kate, and you get a splendid comedy. The play proceeds with an interesting insight into how Kate gradually evolves into his devoted wife and a polite woman.

The characters and their dialogues fashion the utmost wit and brilliant excitement all through out the play. Every scene is composed of numerous hilarious and amusing acts that just grip the readers to continue being indulged in the entertaining story.

The play also stands out because of its unique structure. Most Shakespearean plays comprise of romance, banishment, and disguise as a key theme to the plot.
For instance, one never fails to identify the certain styles of Shakespeare; namely one method would be: Male characters in the beginning disguise themselves and they fall for the wrong women who were also disguised. However, everyone reconcile with their true one in the end after a series of farce incidents.
Another signature style would be: Groups of high ranked men and their king are banished to the forsaken islands or forests by a nemesis. Then the noble men and their king would regain power and get invited back in the end by the strange love marriage between the children of the king and his nemesis!

To a great relief this play consisted of none of those techniques which therefore was a remarkably fresh way of journeying through a wonderful Shakespeare comedy. ( )
  Toufiq | Dec 18, 2014 |
Not every play by Shakespeare is a masterpiece, or even all that good, though each is interesting in relation to the rest of Shakespeare's body of work. There are multiple examples in Shakespeare's oeuvre of works that serve as trial runs for later, better plays, like how As You Like It served as a prototype for Twelfth Night. The Taming of the Shrew likewise serves as a precursor to Much Ado About Nothing. The Taming of the Shrew on its own isn't all that great, but the ideas it contains were clearly reused by Shakespeare in Much Ado to far better effect, and in order to see how The Bard's work evolved it might be worth reading.

The play starts with an induction that I actually quite like, of a poor drunk tricked by a lord into thinking himself a nobleman of wealth and power, mimicking the way in which the audience is about to be temporarily lost in and fooled by the events of the play. This framing narrative, however, gets only a single reference after the induction and has no resolution. While Puck's final speech in A Midsummer Night's Dream was bound to the play itself and added meaning to it, the induction here does not benefit the play and in fact could seemingly have been the induction to any of Shakespeare's comedies.

Once the play proper starts we are given two main plot lines to follow, the wooing of younger daughter Bianca by Lucentio and the "wooing" of shrewish older daughter Kate by Petruchio. Given that the marriage of the youngest daughter is governed entirely by financial considerations the first plot thread seems rather pointless and overly convoluted, designed mostly so that Shakespeare can dive into his favorite comedy bag of tricks, disguises and mixed-up identities (at least they aren't so overused here as they are in The Two Gentlemen of Verona , the only Shakespeare play I'd call downright bad). The second plot line has some hints of the Benedict/Beatrice relationship of Much Ado in the beginning, but devolves into shrew training by Petruchio that falls flat, and not just because of modern sensibilities: ignoring for a moment the sleep deprivation, starvation tactics, and psychological warfare employed by Petruchio, his main idea is summarized as "the best way to stop someone from being a bitch is to be a bitch to that person yourself." This doesn't ring true to life in the slightest, so we're left with an intellectually uninteresting torture plot line.

Anyway, this play isn't very good. It does however introduce elements that recur in Much Ado, one of the archetypes for romantic comedies that continues to be highly influential to this day. In Much Ado Shakespeare repeats the couple disliking each other but then getting married, except with a greater emphasis on clever banter and a promotion of the female character to an equal of the male. Likewise Much Ado also includes a second plot that's a more standard romance story in the Hero-Claudio relationship, but adding more twists like a faked death, a manipulating villain, and more that make it more interesting. Much Ado isn't a perfect play, for instance the villain is severely undeveloped, but it's still good and an important work in the genre. Since The Taming of the Shrew served as a testing ground for many of the ideas in Much Ado it might therefore be worth your time, but it's hard to recommend Shrew in isolation.
  BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
Part of Saddleback’s Illustrated Classics series. A simplified and condensed retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew as a graphic novel. The illustrations are done primarily in jewel tones and depict clothing and scenery appropriate to the play’s context. Footnotes define words or concepts likely to be unfamiliar to readers. Act and scene breaks from the play are not included in the novel, so it is not easy to relate the story to the original text of Shakespeare’s play, which may be important to some educators. Blue boxes provide setting information while the characters’ words are in yellow boxes making it easy to distinguish between the two. Pictures and names of the main characters are included at the beginning of the novel, but even with this guidance and the visual clues provided in the illustrations it may be difficult for readers to keep track of the various characters and their motivations. A more complete list of characters including a description of their role in the story would have been helpful. In combination with instruction, this could still be an important tool for introducing The Taming of the Shrew to hi-lo readers, particularly in communicating the inherent comedy of the play. Recommended. Ages 11 & up. ( )
  alovett | Oct 16, 2014 |
I had to give it a second star because some of the jokes were funny but really, this is just horrible. I'm not saying it should never be performed because it's a part of our cultural heritage and significant for influencing a lot of later works but I really think it's unsuitable for casual performance, for entertainment of general audiences. I saw it performed at a summer park show and Petruccio's player kept stopping to apologize out of character because the audience was booing him so loudly. ( )
  jhudsui | Aug 10, 2014 |
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Bergin, Thomas G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the story of two young women, one sweet and gentle, the other a shrew. One marries for love, the other for money. Who is happier? The answer may surprise you!
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