We get it Bill, you hate women. Lucentio Hey, I m Lucentio Who s that hot girl Bianca That would be me And hotness is about all I have going for me Because I only have about 5 lines.Lucentio Wanna have sex get married Baptista I m her father, you whippersnapper Get in line She can t get married until her older sister does.Lucentio Who s that Katherina ROAR GNASH GNARL I don t want to get married, but I live in Elizabethan England so I must I also have a violent streak and beat up my sister all the time because s Lucentio Hey, I m Lucentio Who s that hot girl Bianca That would be me And hotness is about all I have going for me Because I only have about 5 lines.Lucentio Wanna have sex get married Baptista I m her father, you whippersnapper Get in line She can t get married until her older sister does.Lucentio Who s that Katherina ROAR GNASH GNARL I don t want to get married, but I live in Elizabethan England so I must I also have a violent streak and beat up my sister all the time because she s a wuss.Lucentio Damn Guess I ll disguise myself then, because this is a Shakespeare comedy.Petruchio WAASSSSSSUP Hortensio Hey buddy Petruchio My dad s dead, yo I need a rich woman You know any Hortensio Well, there s this shrew I know I m trying to get with her sister I figure the best way to get with her is through disguise, like that other guy.Petruchio Enough about you Where s the rich chick Baptista She s right here KATHERINE Katherina WHAT Baptista Marry this guy Katherina NO Baptista YES Katherina FINE I hate you You just don t understand And you like Bianca best Petruchio Shut up Hey, guess what We got married offstage, and I dressed up like a jackass.Katherina This sucks.Petruchio Okay, let s go home PS you don t get to eat or sleep.Katherina But I m hungry and tired.Petruchio Too bad.Katherina AARHRGRGG Lucentio Remember me I m putting evenpeople in disguises It s zany Also, I totally married that chick in secret Bianca Huh Lucentio Shut up.Petruchio Here we are We came back for your wedding.Lucentio Sweet I see you tamed that shrew but good.Petruchio For reals.Lucentio But she still isn t as obedient as my wife.Petruchio You wanna bet Lucentio You re on.Hortensio Me too I got married too Lucentio Whatever Servant, call my wife.Servant She won t come.Hortensio Call my wife.Servant She won t come.Petruchio That s what she said I mean, other servant, call my woman.Katherina Yeah Petruchio Tell em about it.Katherina Women suck.Petruchio Kiss me, Kate CURTAINOkay, here s the deal The Taming of the Shrew is a well written and genuinely funny play that glorifies spousal abuse You have to forgive a lot because of when it was written and how it was written, with the framing device and all that jazz But it still draws laughs from brainwashing your wife Uncool As a theater practitioner, you have to make some decisions Do you cut most the abuse Do you change the intention of the final speech Do you keep the blatant misogyny Whatever you do, you end up with something either very far from what Shakespeare wrote or something very far from what we in theory believe today Oh well, Shakespeare What do you expect me to make of this, Sir Me, being a Kate, but not starved, tortured, and humiliated into obedience, submission, complete surrender How shall I read this play, that made me literally feel a knot in my stomach, that filled me with nausea, anger, and sadness My first reaction was to think Thank you, Sir, that s enough I ll have none of this any, you may be my literary hero, but this is TOO MUCH Then all those other authors came to mind, those bril Oh well, Shakespeare What do you expect me to make of this, Sir Me, being a Kate, but not starved, tortured, and humiliated into obedience, submission, complete surrender How shall I read this play, that made me literally feel a knot in my stomach, that filled me with nausea, anger, and sadness My first reaction was to think Thank you, Sir, that s enough I ll have none of this any, you may be my literary hero, but this is TOO MUCH Then all those other authors came to mind, those brilliant authors who wrote about misogyny, colonisation and taming of human minds, and I reconsidered If I read Shakespeare s taming of Kate as a moral play, I have to reject it with disgust, regardless of what the customs of the time were But as a parable on how to break a spirit, it is quite unsurpassed in its cruelty and effectiveness, and as such, it holds a truth that still, unfortunately, is quite unchallenged in many parts of society.At the beginning of the play, Kate is a wild cat , a falcon that cherishes her own way of living and thinking and speaking, and fears no man She doesn t know the treacherous power of the falconer, who uses her talents to tame her, as Petrucchio himself puts it My falcon now is sharp Chinua Achebe, in the title for his classic novel Things Fall Apart, chose a a line from a poem by Yeats to allude to the same kind of relationship between European colonisers and free African men, with a similar end result of complete breakdown of the falcon s way of life after being forced to surrender to the game of the falconer Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer Things fall apart the centre cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity.Survival of the cruellest and most ruthless players, the rule seems to be It is extremely painful to follow Kate s path from an educated, strong willed, thinking young woman to a brainwashed puppet , similar to the alternative Nora in Ibsen s rewritten ending of A Doll s House forced to surrender Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak And speak I will I am no child, no babe Your betters have endured me say my mind And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.My tongue will tell the anger of my heart Or else my heart, concealing it, will break And rather than it shall, I will be freeEven to the uttermost, as I please, in words Wouldn t those have been wonderful last words for a strong heroine, standing her ground Better than what came after her ordeal, in any case, a sermon held in front of her husband, who celebrates and cashes in money after betting that he can prove that he has broken his wife s spirit completely, spoken as an appeal to the other men and women in the play as well Kate now is claiming women should love the masters that force their will upon them Such duty as the subject owes the prince,Even such a woman oweth to her husband She adopts this attitude, of missionary female submission, after going through an episode where Petrucchio makes her claim that the sun is the moon or whatever else he calls it This brainwashing method calls to mind the horrible torture in Orwell s 1984, where citizens are pushed to the point of accepting whatever falsehood Big Brother chooses to sell as truth of the day If Big Brother says 2 2 5, then that is true Period Neither Orwell nor Shakespeare leave it at that, though The taming is not complete until Winston whispers in the end I love Big Brother , and that is precisely what Kate does as well Having been pushed over the edge, she accepts, and embraces, her prison and loves her jailer The Spanish Inquisition worked with similar methods.So, what do I make of this piece I hate it And I admire Shakespeare for putting abuse of power on stage so clearly For his female characters are strong falcons, they are intelligent and free in their own chosen life style But they break under cruel torture and horribly unjust social conditions, just like any human being does Achebe s Okonkwo is a proud man, but he breaks under the superior weapons of the European usurpers Winston is a rebel, but Big Brother has better tools of control.I will close the review with an echo of Kate s words when she was still a bird outside the cage, free to use her words to speak her mind As long as those words are not erased from the play, but hold their position in the history of Kate, she will never completely surrender Why, sir, I trust I may have leave to speak And speak I will I am no child, no babe You betters have endured me say my mind And if you cannot, best you stop your ears.My tongue will tell the anger of my heart Or else my heart, concealing it, will break And rather than it shall, I will be freeEven to the uttermost, as I please, in words And Nora, keep running from A Doll s House The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship however, Petruchio tames her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride T The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship however, Petruchio tames her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride The subplot features a competition between the suitors of Katherina s younger sister, Bianca, who is seen as the ideal woman The question of whether the play is misogynistic has become the subject of considerable controversy, particularly among modern scholars, audiences, and readers 2007 1395 178 16 1377 148 The gentle gentleman, William Shakespeare pokes glorious fun at customs, marriages , greed and scoundrels, especially pretentious men and women A practical joke can be carried to the extreme, in the northern Italian city of Padua, in the time of the brilliant Renaissance, a poor intoxicated man a tramp in fact , strangely named Christopher Sly, is found by an amused nobleman, outside a filthy tavern, sleeping on the dirt in the street, people walking by ignoring the unfortunate human Unti The gentle gentleman, William Shakespeare pokes glorious fun at customs, marriages , greed and scoundrels, especially pretentious men and women A practical joke can be carried to the extreme, in the northern Italian city of Padua, in the time of the brilliant Renaissance, a poor intoxicated man a tramp in fact , strangely named Christopher Sly, is found by an amused nobleman, outside a filthy tavern, sleeping on the dirt in the street, people walking by ignoring the unfortunate human Until this Lord has an idea, take him to his impressive mansion and pretend that the lush, is really the owner, exchange identities, the nobleman becomes a servant and Sly, the powerful aristocrat, a long illness had made him think, the dreams of a lowly situation in life, were correct He awakes in his luxury, a miracle, after so many hard years the diluted man comes to his senses they say, everyone acts like this is the lord of the manor Thrilled, after some effective persuasion, the truth of this he learns about a beautiful wife a boy dressed like a woman , begins ordering his smiling servants barely keeping from laughing out loud , to get liquor of an inferior quality, which is not present, he has to receive a better drink, a costly wine never experienced by him A troupe of actors arrive on site, to perform Shakespeare loves a play in a play , the bored, sleepy Christopher , gives permission reluctantly to get this over with, as quickly as possible , he rather go to bed, there is a reason now to do so The play begins, The Taming of the Shrew , Baptista Minola, a very wealthy merchant, a widower , in the same city has two pretty , marriageable daughters, the calm, kind , charming Bianca, with many suitors, and her older sister Katherine, who does not have any her sharp tongue, violent, and combative nature, keeps the frightened men, far far away The father decrees that Katherine must marry first, causing much turmoil, the very generous dowry of both , still cannot get anyone to come forth, the shrew is too well known in town Until Petruchio, a rich gentleman from Verona, comes to Padua, he wantswealth and will marry for it, isn t afraid of difficulties, he has only an eye for the gold Also the son of a well to do nobleman, from Pisa, Lucentio, studying at the famous university here sees Bianca, instant love , but the Katherine problem continues, no hope, he will not give up the prize, his feelings are too strong Disguises himself as a teacher, Minola needs one for his younger daughter, in order to be near Bianca, under an assumed name of Camibio, the mutual attraction is apparent to all, but the clueless father Now if the brave or is it the foolish Petruchio, can somehow get Katherine to marry him, everyone will live presumably happily ever after , that is what fairy tales state Would they mislead the public An diverting satire not to be taken seriously I really don t buy the irony Here is a play by a very young Shakespeare trying to appeal to the masses here is a play that purposely appeals to the misogynistic beliefs of its early audiences, and I really don t like it This is what should have happened at the end Katherine I m a Shrew I m a woman who stands upFor herself and for her sisters alikeI have a voice I will not be tamed byMen who think themselves overlords Instead we have a rather meek speech in which a broken woman who has bee I really don t buy the irony Here is a play by a very young Shakespeare trying to appeal to the masses here is a play that purposely appeals to the misogynistic beliefs of its early audiences, and I really don t like it This is what should have happened at the end Katherine I m a Shrew I m a woman who stands upFor herself and for her sisters alikeI have a voice I will not be tamed byMen who think themselves overlords Instead we have a rather meek speech in which a broken woman who has been deprived of sleep and food agrees to live under her husband s thumb Some may call this the comedy element, but I just can t see it in that light I didn t find anything funny about the situation Thankfully, Shakespeare learnt to do much better Re reading the play this time, I liked it a little better than I thought I would I predicted that the brutal treatment of Katharine by Petruchio would ruin the play for me, but it didn t From the induction involving Christopher Sly, the text of The Taming of the Shrew is full of so many transformations tinker to lord, page to lady, servant to rich young man, rich young man to teacher of grammar, rich suitor to music teacher, wandering scholar to prosperous merchant, etc as well as so many Re reading the play this time, I liked it a little better than I thought I would I predicted that the brutal treatment of Katharine by Petruchio would ruin the play for me, but it didn t From the induction involving Christopher Sly, the text of The Taming of the Shrew is full of so many transformations tinker to lord, page to lady, servant to rich young man, rich young man to teacher of grammar, rich suitor to music teacher, wandering scholar to prosperous merchant, etc as well as so many literary allusions to Ovid and other metamorphoses, that Kate s transformation from shrew into obedient wife seems just onemythological marvel produced by the magic of the stage, with Petruchio as the play s protean Prospero But I m making the play seem better than it is It is a very slight entertainment indeed, a farce whose lack of even comic seriousness is one of the reason why its brutality and misogyny are relatively inoffensive Book ReviewThe Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare s earliest plays and comedies, produced in the mid 1590s We read this play in 8th or 9th grade as one of the introductions to Shakespeare in an English course I d rank this somewhere in the middle in terms of his comedies as well as works in general It s got several funny moments ironic humor but it s also a bit weaker in terms of style and hidden meanings among all the words and characters The plot is strong, andBook ReviewThe Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare s earliest plays and comedies, produced in the mid 1590s We read this play in 8th or 9th grade as one of the introductions to Shakespeare in an English course I d rank this somewhere in the middle in terms of his comedies as well as works in general It s got several funny moments ironic humor but it s also a bit weaker in terms of style and hidden meanings among all the words and characters The plot is strong, and copied by many in the last 420 years Two men want to date marry two women sisters, brothers or friends, doesn t really matter But only if both girls are married at the same time, thus forcing the hand where 1 man must step up and take one for the team Some argue the play is sexist I won t debate that, only say it is over 400 years old and probablyforward thinking than most others at the time Not saying it s right or fair, tho What does a man do when he agrees to marry the shrewish girl especially when she won t have anything to do with him Inject some humor, fiendish plot and sarcasm, of course What makes this an interesting play is there is a lot of action and definition in the characters There s enough to go around, unlike some of the other works where you can t quite tell which characters are important and sometimes mix up a few Much easier to stay focused here But it s not as funny as you d like it to be I like plays with strong female characters Katherine is strong but unfortunately has a few weak moments And the ending doesn t fit for me.But as far his plays go, definitely worth a readAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators polldaddy poll 9729544 polldaddy poll 9719251 Renowned as Shakespeare s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola But before they can marry, Bianca s formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine against her will and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare s most enjoyable works It makes some people feel better to believe that the rampant misogyny in this play is supposed to be ironic Well, whatever I still don t much enjoy watching a woman having her spirit broken down until she s nothing but a shell of what she once was.