The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Washington Square Press, 2002, c1992.
Edition: Washington Square Press new Folger Library hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9780743452977
0743452976
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Q3
Characteristics: xlix, 253 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. --
Additional Contributors: Werstine, Paul
Mowat, Barbara A.

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britprincess1ajax
Dec 09, 2016

I do love Shakespeare, but boy, am I not a fan of this work. It is markedly misogynistic, thinking starving and abusing women into submission is comedy. It is kind of despicable. I was drawn to it because I loved the film 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU. Well, the premise is there, of a younger sister who is not allowed a love life until her alleged shrew of an elder sister has one. Let's digress for a moment to talk about the film. 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU plays with these conditions cleverly with a father who delivers babies for a living and is terrified of his baby girl becoming pregnant at sixteen. All the parts move perfectly in that film and tell a compelling story with a worthy message. Go watch that film. Do not read this book. It may be Shakespeare, eloquent in its elocution, but it's tripe dressed up in fanciful verse. If that's truly what it was like in the 1590s, I'm glad I'm living in the twenty-first century.

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Dec 09, 2016

“I see a woman may be made a fool,
If she had not a spirit to resist.”

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