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Here is a brief The Taming of the Shrew summary:
A wealthy Padua merchant, Baptista, has two daughters. One day Lucentio, a student, comes to Padua, sees Bianca, the younger sister, and falls madly in love with her. He has heard, though, that Baptista will not allow Bianca to be married before her older sister, Katherina – a very forceful character who has a scornful attitude to men and expresses that without restraint.
The situation regarding Bianca is very complicated, and Lucentio’s entry into the equation makes things even more complicated. Two local men, Hortensio and the elderly Gremio are pursuing Bianca, but she doesn’t like either of them so they have to resort to a range of tactics to try and further their interest. Gremio hires Lucentio, disguised as a Latin tutor, to woo Bianca on his behalf. Hortensio poses as a musician to try and get into her company.
While all this is going on, Petruchio, a young friend of Hortensio from Verona, pays a visit to his friend and hears the story about the feisty Kate. He sees her as a challenge, which he decides to rise to. Baptista welcomes this as he is fed up with Kate’s disruptive behaviour, which makes family life difficult. He accepts Petruchio’s offer of marriage and although Kate opposes it, she cannot do anything about a father’s right to marry his daughter off.
Petruchio arrives at the church outlandishly dressed and whisks her off to Verona as soon as the marriage is pronounced. During the journey, Kate rebels against her husband, but he begins training her to obey him. On arrival at his house, Petruchio mistreats her and instructs his servants to do the same. She is denied everything she wants for a civilised life, including food and sleep. She is not allowed new clothes or any luxury. This treatment wears her resistance down and eventually, she submits and becomes an obedient wife.
It is time to visit her father where Petruchio plans to demonstrate his wife’s obedience.
In the meantime, Hortensio has given up on Bianca and married a widow. Lucentio and Bianca, having fallen in love, have run off and married secretly. They return now, while Petruchio and Kate are visiting, and Baptista, relieved that it’s all turned out better than he thought it would, hosts a party for his daughters. They all have a good time, and as the men gather together after the meal Petruchio challenges Lucentio and Hortensio to a competition to see which of their wives is the most obedient. Each one is to command his wife to come to him. Bianco and the widow fail to respond, whereas Kate does and, furthermore, delivers a lecture to the other wives on the duties of a wife.
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This was amazing because i need to learn the play and this has helped me so much in my assay!!
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It is spelled *spelled
Whoever spelt it dealt it.
Yes it will fit
Thats funy write their!
seems confusing but was described well
It is a very nice play and the summary too is well-written
This is really helpful, since I’m too lazy to read the actual play I’m happy that this website provided a short summary of the plot. This will help a lot with the monologue I need to write/perform on this play.
i only read this because i never was going to read the whole play.
Its a good play but there are no lazer guns
u spelled keith wrong bro
it is a bit confusing and if you are someone like me who copies and pastes EVERYTHING you need te words to be a bit more explanatory.
it is great though!!
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It is spelled *Funny
This is helpful, didnt have time to read it before my essay was due and this helped a lot.
I cannot believe such bigotry and misogyny is hailed as a literary exemplar. You need to learn the play? You need to learn about the duties of a woman and how they must obey their old, fat, white, rich husbands? How dare you. How dare you! We, the women, are not slaves! We are not dogs, and I am shaking with fury! We are not animals that have to be called by their husbands and must respond! Even animals have received greater respect! When I clicked on this website, I was unaware that it was a chatroom designed for old, fat, rich, white men! Shakespeare is an idiot, a twat, and nothing more.
“their old, fat, white, rich husbands” that is very well said and I agree we aren’t slaves nor dogs, and it is true that animals have received more respect than the women in this play were treated.
Are you feeling okay? This was written in a time where this was perfectly acceptable. We have used asbestos in roofing until recently because we learned of the health risks it poses. This was the norm back then and isn’t targeted for today’s audience, so sorry that this 500-year-old text does not fit with your beliefs.
Totally agree, people need to stop being so critical of 500-year-old plays.
go back to the kitchen
Enjoyed your exquisite parody of politically correct revisionist indignation
? I’m reading this cause I’m going to see it tonight. Sounds great
From she who listens and then goes her own way – but I’m living in the 21st century
This play is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, and he wrote it as such. It’s really all just poking fun at the whole subject of marriage and of the societal norms of the time. I wouldn’t take the specific subject matter as seriously as some of these respondents have.