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Daemon
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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's earlier comedies. Its main plot involves the marriage of the violently tempered Katherina to Petruchio, who claims he can tame her wild ways and make her an obedient bride. Though modern scholars bristle at the play's misogynistic tones, it has inspired films, a Broadway musical, and a Brazilian soap opera. The Taming of the Shrew even sparked a pseudo-sequel by John Fletcher in Shakespeare's lifetime. What was it called? More...
kphathi
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Very nice story. I have enacted the play in school.
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That the play was successful in Shakespeare's day is evidenced by the existence of The Woman's Prize, or The Tamer Tamed, John Fletcher's pseudo-sequel, perhaps written around 1611. Additionally, the title page of the 1631 quarto states that the play had been acted by the King's Men both at the Globe and Blackfriars, and as the King's Men had only been performing at Blackfriars since 1610, it suggests that the play was still popular enough to be performed at least sixteen years after its debut.
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Shakespeare's Katherine though a shrew is so vulnerable and tender in relation to her family that the reader feels tenderly towards her. Therefore when Petruchio is over the top in his treatment of her the audience naturally questions the validity of partriarchy despite the Church's sanction of it. I like that play.
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I never saw this play but I'm sure it's good. My favorite Shakespearean play is Macbeth.

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The play was funny. Tough woman got out toughed

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Kenturner1, my favorite play is Macbeth, too. Did you see Roman Polanski's version of it? Eerie.
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