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the last two), and now with Taming of the Shrew. Few will be the exactly by the book, either). Still others . Sly makes Taming of the Shrew the most ironic of. The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written . , and into English until , there is evidence the story existed in English in a jest book (now lost) by Richard Edwardes, written in This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to The Taming of the Shrew, a chronology.
In the course of a relatively short but quite action-ridden plot with numerous identity swaps and plays within plays, we observe the drastic evolution of a woman who morphs from a free individual whose words cut like the most sharp-edged sword to the perfect role model of a subjugated, submissive wife held captive in a patriarchal system ruled by fathers and husbands. The contempt in which the male characters treat their female equals in this play is nothing short of abhorrent, but as I advanced reading, I realized that the female characters are the only ones to evolve throughout the course of the story.
Their psychological portraits are much more complex, their states of mind are more delineated, and the reader gets a sense of the double meanings that impregnates their monologues.
Therefore… I wonder. I wonder whether Shakespeare meant to present the battle between the sexes as literal as he made his characters speak in this comedy. I might be reading this wrong, but Shakespeare was an impudent teaser, and I see the female characters in this play rule their male peers… in words, intelligence and action.
So my advice: View all 25 comments. Dec 09, Emily May rated it liked it Shelves: 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. View all 5 comments.
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Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: As with all of Shakespeare's plays, there's always a different interpretation always handy at foot, be it a woman's duty to place her hand under her husband's foot or not. As it is, though, I can both be supremely annoyed with a society that demands that women be always so obedient, culturally, and be wickedly satisfied that Kate and Petruchio have worked out a true meeting of the minds and wills in such a way as to transcend all other's expectations.
There's a little something for everyone in thi As with all of Shakespeare's plays, there's always a different interpretation always handy at foot, be it a woman's duty to place her hand under her husband's foot or not. There's a little something for everyone in this classic comedy, whether or not you subscribe to the patriarchy or the matriarchy. Kate gets a lot out of the situation because she's discovered just how much power she really holds with the right partner who respects her, and Petruchio finds a mate that will always be his equal in wit and will.
Is there another definition of happiness?
Ignore the setting if it upsets you. These men in this man's world, even Petruchio's methods of "taming" his wife. The method merely demonstrated his deeper positive qualities by the negative, just as Kate's shrewishness belied a razor sharp wit. Don't we all have such depths and thorns? I've seen this one done in many different Veins, now, and the one constant is this: There are no victors, merely endless combatants that sometimes sue for peace. It could be a true power struggle or perhaps it is just an eventual meeting of the minds.
What do we prefer? That's interpretation. View all 32 comments. Nov 13, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: They say TV and video games are a bad influence, well, this play has been corrupting minds since ! It's crap like this that makes people think that playing mind games with one another is the correct path to true love. It says that lying about who you are and what your intentions are, as well as flat out pretending to be something you're not, that is the way, says The Taming of the Shrew , to win love and warp a person into who you want them to be.
Poppycock, I say! Hold on please I'm almost off my high horse. The Taming of the Shrew is good, solid entertainment and nothing more.
You have to look at it like that or otherwise rail against its inequities towards women. It is a play of its time and it's time was not a good one for women's rights. So, as a play, this is fun. We have multiple deceptions, some for jest, some for love, and who can complain of entertainment filled with love and laughs?
Few, I'm sure. This shouldn't be taken much more seriously than that. And as long as no one takes this thing seriously, it is harmless fun indeed. If for no other reason, I appreciate this play for giving me a chance to say poppycock! View all 20 comments. Maybe I'll feel differently after I see this staged. I'll keep you posted.
Nov 24, Jason rated it it was ok Shelves: This play is more violent than King Lear. True, nobody dies in it—after all, it is a comedy although whether you find it funny or not is a different matter —but it is violent nonetheless.
You know that sick feeling that manifests itself in the pit of your stomach when watching scenes of domestic violence or otherwise abusive relationships in movies or on TV? This play actually started off great. I loved the frame story here: But the fun ended there. Never before has my estimation of a book plummeted as quickly as it did while reading this play.
View all 29 comments. The obvious discussion surrounding this play has to be Shakespeare's views, as expressed in this play, of women. I think any defense of Shakespeare's attitudes are silly. Shakespeare was a contradiction, es "I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace, Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway, When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.
Shakespeare was a contradiction, especially towards women. Some of his best characters and lines are delivered by women. They are often strong, strong-willed, intelligent, cunning, etc. I am less concerned with Shakespeare's attitudes towards women than I am about Trump's or the Duggars and that ilk.
Actually, I probably side more with Harold Bloom, who thought the bard clearly preferred women to men excepting Hamlet and Falstaff on this issue. The other piece that might get overlooked in Shakespeare's second play is how early in his career Shakespeare is completely bending the structure of his plays. This one is basically a play within a play later to be repeated in Hamlet and others and most of the players in the play in a play are playing parts.
Oooo Meta. So, while I'm not thrilled with some of the attitudes and I think those are more of his characters' attitudes and not his the dialogue and characters are great.
The play within a play, however interesting served no great purpose that I could figure out. So, as far as Kate is concerned. I'm with HER! There were also several nice lines, specifically: A wealthy Neapolitan nobleman is cursed with a total babe of a daughter, Bianca, with the unfortunate caveat of an unruly, acerbic older daughter—the Shrew of the title, Kate.
Luckily, Petruchio, who is in town visiting one of his friends, Hortensio—a suitor of Bianca—has no problem at all with immediately marrying someone solely for money marrying Kate.
What follows is a fast-paced comedy characterized by its charming cruelty and bawdy wit. Everything you love in a Elizabethan Comedy is here, folks: Someone please quote me on this. View all 23 comments. I think it can go undisputed how misogynistic this is, but in a way, its ability to anger me was impressing? The content sucked, but I think it sucked for a reason.
I don't think Shakespeare hates women and thinks they're inferior to men, yet I wish this had more of a comeback arc. I loved when Katharina was sassy and angry and at the end of the book she ended up so subdued, and I was waiting for her to snap back, but she never did.
I'm disappointed. View 2 comments. May 17, Michael rated it liked it. This is a deeply troubling and often frankly misogynistic play, and I'm not here to defend those aspects of it. However I saw a version of it years ago that turned the misogyny on its head in a way that I thought was interesting, and perhaps truer to the many levels on which Shakespeare worked.
The best part was how they did the end of the play--that This is a deeply troubling and often frankly misogynistic play, and I'm not here to defend those aspects of it. The best part was how they did the end of the play--that long, troubling speech by Kate where she prostrates herself before Petruchio and declares her obedience.
What the director of that production realized, brilliantly, is that the speech goes on way, way too long! In fact, it becomes self-parody, a way for Kate to mock Petruchio with the words he wants to hear.
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Tracey Ullman played it to perfection. She kept pausing in the speech, goading Morgan Freeman into thinking she was done, and then she piled on some more, and then kept pausing and piling on until it was clear she was making fun of him, thereby undermining everything she was saying. It was utterly brilliant and has become my "gold standard" for how to perform--and understand--the play. View all 19 comments.
Feb 20, Abigail Hartman rated it really liked it Shelves: I can see why this play is little appreciated nowadays - it runs so completely counter to the modern notions of "gender equality" and feminism. I freely confess that Petruchio's methods with Katharina are rough in an indirect manner; from passionate reviews I expected him to beat her every day before breakfast, but in fact he uses crazier, more shrewish means.
On the other hand, she frankly deserves what she gets. She was not "strong-minded" - she was downright nasty, and the way Petruchio bri I can see why this play is little appreciated nowadays - it runs so completely counter to the modern notions of "gender equality" and feminism. She was not "strong-minded" - she was downright nasty, and the way Petruchio brings their relationship around to something like what it ought to be was hilarious.
He was mercenary; she was a shrew; but in the end, I think they were the couple best suited to each other. To modern ears the moral Katharina pronounces at the end will probably be grating, and probably it was meant by Shakespeare to be rather tongue-in-cheek it is a comedy ; but it is not far off the mark, for all its hyperbole. Lighthearted, insane, and very politically incorrect, I think "The Taming of the Shrew" might have displaced "Much Ado About Nothing" as my favorite Shakespearean comedy.
Also, I wish an adaptation had been made with Anthony Andrews as Petruchio. Jan 08, Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was ok Shelves: The feminist issues can be answered with the simplest argument that there is no knowing Shakespeare's intentions. The best of his characters are always doing most villianious things - Shylock Othello, Caliban, Brutus, Iago etc. The fact that they come to a bad end might only show Shakespeare's realism.
But amid all prejudice that other characters show to them, the dislikable things they do and bad end they meet; they are still the ones that one feels most attracted towards. Kate is no different The feminist issues can be answered with the simplest argument that there is no knowing Shakespeare's intentions. I don't think anyone will claim to like Petruchio - and yet he is the most liked character in the play. I think one can thus argue that Shakespeare was questioning the very prejudice that he is accused of having.
My problem is different - Kate seemly badly characterized. One doesn't expect complex characters in a comedy but this one just didn't make sense to me. And then again, marries Petruchio for a silly reason and, despite knowing the very nature of tricks that her husband is playing on her, doesn't show resistance. She had enough money and independent spirit in her to simply walk out on him and yet. The prank played on beggar in frame story is taken from Arabian Nights.
And tricks of play within a play or making a submissive person saying stupid and contradictory things are used by Shakespeare in Hamlet too. And so, there is not much to recommend the play except a few witticism.
And witticisms, not being wisdom, can not claim more than one additional star from me.
On a side note, Kate's speech on why wives should be submissive is added in Goodreads quotes and I am deeply interested in 67 people who have liked it. It seems funny at first and has made me laugh plenty of times — although some of that may be down to my own humour of finding the way Shakespeare writes phrases such as Sir! Give him head! Quickly, a play arises within the play and this is where my issues lie with The Taming of the Shrew.
However, the pure misogyny in the play of The Taming of the Shrew makes me feel very uncomfortable. Slight spoilers below. This is so worrying to read and it makes my stomach churn slightly. The Taming of the Shrew could really have done without this play inside of it, full of pure disrespect of women. Around half way through, the play began to lag terribly.
I started getting headaches, trying to follow all the dialogue, long text after long text. It was disappointing that this happened, really, because I had been enjoying the play before hand. The drama in the later chapters did make this a little more exciting to read but it was still trivial to read and get through.
I could not wait for this to be over, I just wanted it to be done with so I could shelve it as read and move on to ultimately forget such a boring play. Give this one a miss. Oct 07, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kiss me, Kate. It was really funny. Nov 22, Roy Lotz rated it liked it Shelves: Talk not to me. I shall go sit and weep Till I can find occasion of revenge.
Like The Merchant of Venice , whose anti-Semitism makes us squirm, this play presents a sticky problem to modern audiences: And it must be said that the misogyny present in this play is more difficult to excuse than the prejudice against poor Shylock, since Shakespeare is not clearly in sympathy with the titular shrew, Katherine, as he is with the Venetian merchant.
So just as bardolaters ha Talk not to me. First there is the induction, a seemingly extraneous introductory bit that frames the rest of the work, making it a play-within-a-play. Did Shakespeare do this to distance himself from the misogyny? A rather flimsy shield, if you ask me. Another way to excuse the bard has been historical relativism, noting that misogyny was universal in his day and thus excusable.
But perhaps Shakespeare meant this as a negative example, not to emulate but to scorn? This does not seem plausible to me; rather it strikes me as a wholly un-Shakespearean reading—with evil unapologetically triumphant, something that never happens even in his tragedies. Somewhat differently, Harold Bloom frees Shakespeare with irony.
Using evidence such as this, Bloom asserts that Katherine is not tamed at all, but rather learns to dominate Petruchio. We are thus left, uneasily, with simple misogyny. This is because several factors serve to mitigate the main theme of shrew-taming. For one, however unhealthy their relationship might be by modern standards, Petruchio and Katherine have undeniable chemistry.
Then there is the obvious ironic comparison with the relationship between Lucentio and Bianca. Bianca, the sweetly submissive girl who every suitor pursues, ends up deceiving her father and making her own choice of marriage; while Katherine, the infamous shrew, compliantly marries the first suitable suitor who comes along with no deception whatsoever.
And it is also worth noting that, all the bizarre torture notwithstanding, Katherine does seem better off with Petruchio, who is deeply fond of her, than with her father, who finds her to be a pestilence.
In any case, this play can take its place alongside A Comedy of Errors as a light comedy with finely-drawn characters, full of life and wit—indeed in many ways it is far better. View all 10 comments.
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Twelfth Night William Shakespeare. Vivat Rex: Volume 2 William Shakespeare and others. Volume One Dramatisation William Shakespeare and others. Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare. Hamlet William Shakespeare. Antony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare. Some of the comedies of this early period are classical imitations with a strong element of farce. The two tragedies, Titus Andronicus and Romeo and Juliet, were both popular in Shakespeare's own lifetime. In Romeo and Juliet the main plot, in which the new love between Romeo and Juliet comes into conflict with the longstanding hatred between their families, is skillfully advanced, while the substantial development of minor characters supports and enriches it.
The comedies of this period partake less of farce and more of idyllic romance, while the history plays successfully integrate political elements with individual characterization. Taken together, Richard II, each part of Henry IV, and Henry V form a second tetralogy of historical plays, although each can stand alone, and they are usually performed separately.
The two parts of Henry IV feature Falstaff, a vividly depicted character who from the beginning has enjoyed immense popularity. The period of Shakespeare's great tragedies and the "problem plays" begins in with Hamlet. On familial, state, and cosmic levels, Othello, Lear, and Macbeth present clear oppositions of order and chaos, good and evil, and spirituality and animality. Stylistically the plays of this period become increasingly compressed and symbolic. Through the portrayal of political leaders as tragic heroes, Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra involve the study of politics and social history as well as the psychology of individuals.
Shakespeare also may have had a small part in writing the play Double Falsehood, first published in and thought to be mainly the work of Fletcher. They feature characters of tragic potential, but resemble comedy in that their conclusions are marked by a harmonious resolution achieved through magic, with all its divine, humanistic, and artistic implications. Appeal and Influence Since his death Shakespeare's plays have been almost continually performed, in non-English-speaking nations as well as those where English is the native tongue; they are quoted more than the works of any other single author.
The plays have been subject to ongoing examination and evaluation by critics attempting to explain their perennial appeal, which does not appear to derive from any set of profound or explicitly formulated ideas. Indeed, Shakespeare has sometimes been criticized for not consistently holding to any particular philosophy, religion, or ideology; for example, the subplot of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes a burlesque of the kind of tragic love that he idealizes in Romeo and Juliet.
The strength of Shakespeare's plays lies in the absorbing stories they tell, in their wealth of complex characters, and in the eloquent speech—vivid, forceful, and at the same time lyric—that the playwright puts on his characters' lips. It has often been noted that Shakespeare's characters are neither wholly good nor wholly evil, and that it is their flawed, inconsistent nature that makes them memorable.
Hamlet fascinates audiences with his ambivalence about revenge and the uncertainty over how much of his madness is feigned and how much genuine.
Falstaff would not be beloved if, in addition to being genial, openhearted, and witty, he were not also boisterous, cowardly, and, ultimately, poignant.
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Finally, the plays are distinguished by an unparalleled use of language. Shakespeare had a tremendous vocabulary and a corresponding sensitivity to nuance, as well as a singular aptitude for coining neologisms and punning. Editions and Sources The first collected edition of Shakespeare is the First Folio, published in and including all the plays except Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen the latter play also generally not appearing in modern editions. Eighteen of the plays exist in earlier quarto editions, eight of which are extremely corrupt, possibly having been reconstructed from an actor's memory.
The first edition of Shakespeare to divide the plays into acts and scenes and to mark exits and entrances is that of Nicholas Rowe in Among Shakespeare's most important sources, Raphael Holinshed 's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland is significant for the English history plays, although Shakespeare did not hesitate to transform a character when it suited his dramatic purposes.
He also used the works of contemporary European authors. For further information on Shakespeare's sources, see the table entitled Shakespeare's Play. In a volume of poetry entitled The Passionate Pilgrim was published and attributed entirely to Shakespeare. However, only five of the poems are definitely considered his, two appearing in other versions in the Sonnets and three in Love's Labour's Lost.
A love elegy, The Phoenix and the Turtle, was published in Shakespeare's sonnets are by far his most important nondramatic poetry. They were first published in , although many of them had certainly been circulated privately before this, and it is generally agreed that the poems were written sometime in the s. Scholars have long debated the order of the poems and the degree of autobiographical content.
The first of the sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials W.
Some have thought these letters to be the transposed initials of Henry Wriothesley, 3d earl of Southampton , to whom Shakespeare dedicated Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece; or they are possibly the initials of William Herbert, 3d earl of Pembroke , whose connection with Shakespeare is more tenuous. The identity of the dark lady addressed in sonnets — has also been the object of much conjecture but no proof. The sonnets are marked by the recurring themes of beauty, youthful beauty ravaged by time, and the ability of love and art to transcend time and even death.
Critical Opinion There has been a great variety of critical approach to Shakespeare's work since his death. During the 17th and 18th cent. Since then, much of the adverse criticism has not been considered relevant, although certain issues have continued to interest critics throughout the years. For instance, charges against his moral propriety were made by Samuel Johnson in the 18th cent.
Early criticism was directed primarily at questions of form.Shakespeare and Women. Why sir, I trust I may have leave to speak, And speak I will. However, when Polynesta is found to be pregnant, Damon has Dulipo imprisoned the real father is Erostrato. Nov 13, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: Still, this makes for a very interesting contrast with our times.
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