Frustrated, Katharina agrees: It is the moon. Has she been tamed or is she only acting? Act 1, Scene 2 Padua. As Kate, she would be chaste. Here let us breathe, and haply institute 10 A course of learning and ingenious studies. In the 1950s, the musical adaptation Kiss Me, Kate was successful both on Broadway and the screen and In 1967, Franco Zeffirelli cast the famously stormy husband and wife team of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in his filmed version. Study Questions and Essay Topics 1. She has many suitors who vie for her hand with the power of wealth and position.
Take note of all the cruel, violent, or illogical things that Petruchio does in this scene. Good Kate; I am a gentleman. He agrees also to present Hortensio, in disguise, to Baptista as a music teacher named Litio. This is what makes the play exciting and keeps readers on their feet. Take note of any confusion, rough-housing, or mayhem.
From the available sources it seems that The Taming of the Shrew was a great success in its day. When he finally presents himself, he is dressed in ridiculous clothes. After Petruchio and Katharina travel to Padua for a visit, Petruchio orders new clothes for his wife. Act 4, scene 3 1. And in more recent years, the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You moved Shakespeare's romantic comedy from Renaissance Italy to Padua High School, where characters scheme to take the sisters Kat and Bianca to the prom. What is the emotional tone of this scene? I hear the minstrels play.
Lucentio: Vincentio's son, who loves Bianca. Why does the world report that Kate doth limp? How important is or was money in your choice of a spouse? The following example presents dialogue between Petruchio and Katharina. So, is Shakespeare merely reflecting the society and mores of his time, or is he ever-sosubtly encouraging us to question what is acceptable in the world around us? What faults do people attribute to Bianca in this scene? All of the characters' various disguises are put aside, and Baptista and Vincentio approve of the marriage between the real Lucentio and Bianca. Servants of Lucentio: Tranio, Biondello. This condition is she must agree with everything he says no matter how false they are.
For example, the title is a metaphor comparing Katharina Minola to a shrew, a mouse-like mammal that is extremely mean-tempered. It's still dough on both sides. What does the majority expect will be the outcome? See that you read no other books to her. Tranio, the first thing we need to do is exchange clothes. It is very likely that Shakespeare was taking a stab at the traditional view of an ideal wife by showing that these views of women are false. The rest of the party dazed, fazed, and amazed That such a marriage between two had ever been raised The scene comes back to the father, Baptista, As Bianca chose Lucentio, leaving Hortensio just as Buena Vista. Belike, some noble gentleman that means, 70 Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
At the end of the scene he confides to the audience that he intends to tame Katherine in the same way that a hunter tames a falcon — by starving it and keeping it sleepless. Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image! Generally, a dowry was a grant usually consisting of real estate, valuables, or money. Her Greek name was Athena. The guys felt that Kate had given in and the man had the upper hand. Meanwhile Lucentio has fallen in love with Bianca and decides to have Tranio impersonate him so that Lucentio, in the disguise of a schoolmaster, can secretly woo Bianca.
Taken in context, the speech makes this very clear. At first, he uses his tongue to praise her rather than scold her. Demonstrate that Katherine agrees with everything Petruchio says or suggests in this scene. In each case, note who is violent, and towards whom. Amid the merriment among the men, Tranio— a servant of Lucentio— taunts Petruchio, claiming that Katharina controls him. When Petruchio and Katharina meet the first time, Petruchio boldly announces that he plans to woo her. Accodring to Grumio in lines 21-24, what has changed? It was first performed in the United States in 1887, by Augustin Daly, and has been played by such illustrious actresses of stage and screen as Margaret Anglin, Josie Lawrence, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Peggy Ashcroft, and Fiona Shaw.
Act 4, scene 5 1. You'll keep house and do everything else that I normally do. She was born fully grown in a suit of armor, issuing from the forehead of Jupiter Zeus. This is also the best part to act out because there is lots of entertainment, drama, characters, revelations, and comedy. What reason does he give in line 229? Why are these images chosen? This is because not only would the person have to take on the role of Tranio, but also a Tranio acting as Lucentio. How does Tranio get him to play along? Although Katherine is not the most sympathetic character in the play she attacks her sister, etc. The Quandary of Renaissance Women Katharina is an intelligent, capable young woman who would probably thrive independently in a challenging career, eventually marrying a man of her choice.
What offensive does the widow make to Kate? How does he react to this edict? His ranting keeps Katharina up all night, further wearing her down. Semiramis was a legendary queen of Assyria. Shakespeare frequently uses imagery that compares Katharina to animals. What is Bianca doing during the banter? They travel together to Padua. His friend Hortensio suggests that Petruchio woo Katherine.
This makes it hard to draw a conclusion about the circumstances. When we finished the reading and discussion, each group prepared a Study Guide for the assigned Act. Take notes to describe the character of Petruchio. Take notes to support your reading. He also pretends to be dissatisfied with the way his servants made the bed, then tears up the sheets and covers. A descendant of the respected Bentivoglio family of Bologna, he became a wealthy merchant while we were living in Florence, where he brought me up.