A robust and bawdy battle of the sexes, this ever popular comedy captivates audiences with outrageous humor as Katharina, the shrew, engages in a contest of wills–and love–with her bridegroom, Petruchio. Their boisterous conflict is set off against a more conventional romantic plot involving the wooing of Katharina’s lovely and compliant sister, Bianca. Rich with the psychological themes of identity and transformation, the play is quintessentially lighthearted, filled with visual gags, witty repartee, and unmatched theatrical brilliance from Petruchio’s demand, “Kiss me, Kate!” to the final spectacle of the wedding feast.
Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is a viciously witty battle of the sexes with, some critics claim, a sharp misogynistic edge. The play begins with a framing device: a drunken tinker becomes the ****** of a practical joke when he is dressed up as lord and convinced that he is a wealthy noble. While under this delusion, he witnesses a troupe of actors perform the main plot of THE TAMING OF SHREW. In Padua, Italy, three suitors woo the beautiful and demure Bianca. The only hitch is that Bianca's wealthy father has declared that no one will have Bianca's hand until her famously foul-tempered and violent older sister, Katherine--the "shrew" of the play's title--has been married. Enter Petruchio, a brash young man willing to marry into money regardless of who the woman might be. After marrying Katherine he embarks on an elaborate scheme--involving starvation, sleep deprivation, and a perverse insistence on the impossible--to bend her to his will. By the time the two return to Padua, everyone is shocked to discover that not only does Katherine obey her new husband, but even seems to love him--while meanwhile the now-married Bianca has become disobedient and obstinate. Full of rich rhetorical skirmishes, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW explores the humorous but troubling relationships among power, language, and love.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Humorous Fiction, Classics
- November 1, 1995
- November 1, 1995
- William Shakespeare