Taming of the Shrew aka Katherine Giving Up

In a lot of Shakespeare’s plays, there is a strong male lead that could be a hero or a villain, and there are also very strong females leads that are described as heroines. Katherine is the chief female role in this play, which makes her the heroine. Katherine is not really someone who the audience…

Stage Directions in Taming of the Shrew

Stage Directions help the reader set the tone for certain scenes. Taming of the Shrew, being a comedy, is rich with stage directions that aid readers in understanding what is going on in a scene. This comedy contains several instances of disguises and without stage directions the whole play would be utterly confusing. The first…

Katherine and Disguise

In The Taming of the Shrew, there are plenty of examples of characters that disguise themselves as someone they’re not in order to defy their social class and accomplish their goals. The duplicity starts before the actual taming of the “shrew” even begins; the frame story that Shakespeare narrates sets the stage (both literally and…

Shakespearean Acceptance of Buying Love

The treatment of women back in Shakespearean time can be seen as repulsive to the modern reader. The women are portrayed as simply being property, in which suitors have the right to their love. In the past, there use to be many trivial family rules concerning marriage. These rules still exist in the present, but…

Disguise

A reoccurring motif in The Taming of the Shrew is Disguise. Many characters disguise themselves to transcend class status for a short time as well as to help their own or a close friend’s situation. Mirrors is the motif I chose to be the expert on, however there is no usage or inference to mirrors…

Shakespearean Thoughts

On the surface, one could easily interpret Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as a sign of his agreement with the idea that women were to be subjected to their husbands and follow their every whim. However, taking a closer look at the dialogue and interactions between characters shows that Shakespeare did not completely adhere to…

A Queer Induction for a Queer Comedy

Shakespeare’s plays, ingeniously formulated to entertain the crowds of the Globe, contain many famous introductions: Richard III’s opening soliloquy, Twelfth Night’s famous “If music be the food of love,” and of course, Romeo and Juliet’s “Two households, both alike in dignity.” Such beautifully crafted sentences are what one comes to expect from Shakespeare, at least…

The Taming of the Shrew

            Shakespeare takes a different approach to The Taming of the Shrew. Unlike most of his plays, this one is a comedy. The characters play a big role in the play. The character that stood out the most to me was Katherine. Throughout the play, Katherine is made out to be this crazy, hot-tempered girl…

Issues with the shrew

Although Taming of the Shrew is a comedic play, and it was certainly quite humorous at times there were some aspects that were dissatisfying. The first issue that I had with this play is the introduction with Christopher Sly. I don’t care for the fact that the play starts out with Sly being tricked into…

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew is a classic tale of a young, independent women refusing to agree to marriage. This story has been made into many movies and other representations of the play. For example, 10 Things I Hate About You is a movie based off of the play. In the play and the movies, the…

A Biblical View on The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is without a doubt one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, especially as the centuries have passed and views on gender roles have adapted.  The characters of Petruchio and Katherina and their bizarre relationship is the topic of many scholarly works and critiques because of the delicate social dynamics they address. …

Bad Romance

Over the course of his life, Shakespeare produced many of the most enduring love stories ever written. The Taming of the Shrew is not one of them. Because it is a comedy, the nature of the romantic relationships in The Taming of the Shrew is inherently different than those in Shakespeare’s tragedies, but the toxicity…