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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
Paperback, 291 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1593)
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Jan 18, 2009 Madeline rated it it was ok
Shelves: shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew, abridged.

PETRUCHIO: Hey Mr Minola, I wanna marry your daughter. The fact that she comes included with an awesome dowry has nothing to do with this.

BAPTISTA: Oh, I'm sorry, I have this jackass rule that my daughter Bianca can't get married until her evil older sister does, so...

PETRUCHIO: No, I want to marry the Kate chick. My friends tell me she's a ballbusting bitch - a "shrew", if you will - and I love a challenge.

BAPTISTA: SOLD! to the rich guy with a death wish. Hav
Barry Pierce
Jan 24, 2016 Barry Pierce rated it it was ok
We get it Bill, you hate women.
Nov 05, 2007 Lydia rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
Lucentio: Hey, I'm Lucentio. Who's that hot girl?
Bianca: That would be me. And hotness is about all I have going for me. Because I only have about 5 lines.
Lucentio: Wanna have sex get married?
Baptista: I'm her father, you whippersnapper. Get in line. She can't get married until her older sister does.
Lucentio: Who's that?
Katherina: ROAR! GNASH! GNARL! I don't want to get married, but I live in Elizabethan England so I must. I also have a violent streak and beat up my sister all the time because s
Henry Avila
Dec 25, 2015 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A practical joke can be carried to the extreme, in the northern Italian city of Padua, in the time of the glorious Renaissance, a poor intoxicated man ( a tramp in fact), strangely named Christopher Sly, is found by an amused nobleman, outside a filthy tavern, sleeping on the dirt, in the street, people walking by, ignoring the unfortunate human. Until this Lord has an idea, take him to his impressive mansion and pretend that the lush, is really the owner, exchange identities, the nobleman ...more
Bill  Kerwin

Re-reading the play this time, I liked it a little better than I thought I would. I predicted that the brutal treatment of Katharine by Petruchio would ruin the play for me, but it didn't. From the induction involving Christopher Sly, the text of "The Taming of the Shrew" is full of so many transformations (tinker to lord, page to lady, servant to rich young man, rich young man to teacher of grammar, rich suitor to music teacher, wandering scholar to prosperous merchant, etc.) as well as so many
Jason Koivu
Nov 14, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, fiction, play
They say TV and video games are a bad influence, well, this play has been corrupting minds since 1590!

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...




Oct 12, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it
Taming of the Shrew was, I think, one of Shakespeare’s better comedies, though not one of his better plays.

In fairness, I think I’d like to see this performed and I may enjoy it much more, and a wiser person than I has observed that plays are meant to be seen, not just read. I would perhaps amend that observation that to be fully appreciated, a play should be seen AND read.

This explores betrothal and arranged marriages more than romance and has some psychological and societal issues as well. I
Anthony Vacca
The Taming of the Shrew is definitely not the late 16th century proto-feminist masterpiece you’ve been hankering for, but what it lacks in positive portrayals of the “fairer sex,” is overshadowed by the bounding leaps of comic gusto on display in every line of verse. Simply put, TTotS is a caustic farce of the war between the sexes (the “merry war” that, due to inbreeding and lack of imagination, would eventually devolve into the barely functioning aborted mutant that is the modern day RomCom) t ...more
Emily May
Sep 03, 2016 Emily May rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, plays
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.
Наталия Янева
Шекспировите комедии най-вероятно представляват ситкомите на Ренесанса. На фона на поставяните мистерии и морални пиеси – примерно днешните новинарски емисии и предавания за политика – те са били нещо като шарената кръпка в Елизабетинския театър. В комедиите на „добрия Уил“ Шекспир (както и във всички пиеси от онова време) женските роли, разбира се, се изпълнявали от мъже, което допълнително допринасяло за веселбата на публиката.

Четейки дори само тази Шекспирова пиеса, до голяма степен си мисля,
Abigail Hartman
Feb 26, 2013 Abigail Hartman rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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 ...more
Joe Valdez
May 16, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
To celebrate William Shakespeare on his birthday in April, my plan is to locate a staging of six plays. I'll listen to and watch these on my MacBook, following along to as much of the original text as is incorporated by the production. Later, I'll read the entire play in the modern English version. A good friend I've had since high school recommended this system to me and it's been a very good system for delighting the mind in Shakespeare.

Next up, The Taming of the Shrew. Because none of Shakesp
Sarah Anne
Oct 07, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it it was amazing
"Why, there's a wench. Kiss me, Kate."

This... is terribly sexist and I should have been appalled but I absolutely loved it! It was really funny.
Mar 14, 2016 Wanda rated it really liked it
The Taming of the Shrew has to be one of the most difficult of Shakespeare’s plays for a modern woman to appreciate. I don’t know about you, but I found it difficult to watch an independent young woman being “tamed” into a Stepford wife.

I went to the cinema to see a version filmed at Stratford, Ontario (Canada’s Shakespeare capitol) and I have to say that they did it extremely well. The drunken tinker at the beginning of the play became a drunken blogger, being belligerent in the audience. The
Feb 11, 2016 Jaksen rated it liked it
It was okay.

I know the basic story, as many people do. I've seen the famous movie with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor. I 'studied' this particular play in college, too, and overall I am not overly impressed.

It's the story of a young man who wants a rich wife, but the wife he wants has an older sister who must be 'married off' first. (Typical trope, seen in many a story, movie, etc., and this was already a well-known trope in Shakespeare's time, too.) So clever machinations ensue in which another
Aug 23, 2016 Mahdi rated it really liked it
در اين نمايش هم مثل "رؤیای یک شب نیمه تابستان" و "کمدی اشتباهات" از ايده ى جا به جا شدن شخصيت ها استفاده شده بود، ولى اساس طنز نمايش بر اين نبود.

كشمكش اصلى داستان، يعنى رام كردن زن سركش، به جز خطابه ى پايانى كه زيادى شعارى و زن ستيزانه بود، خيلى خنده دار و شيرين بود. تلاش مرد براى مطيع كردن زن گستاخ و سركش، با مقابله به مثل كردن و گستاخ تر و سركش تر بودن.
غير از اين، بخشى كه لوسنتيو به عنوان معلم سر خانه پيش بيانكا رفت و به عنوان ترجمه ى اشعار لاتين، به بيانكا اظهار عشق مى كرد خيلى مفرّح بود.

Sep 22, 2014 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics

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An engaging and light-hearted comedy, Taming of the Shrew has no real heavy themes other than maybe everyone deserves to be loved or love conquers all. Shakespeare has made so many works that have affected the world over, but I still think his greatest achievements are his comedies. Love, confusion, trickery, misunderstandings, and happy endings are his forte and the way they come together at the end always leaves the audience happy and content. Tam
Aug 26, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: dd, my-classics
This is quite possibly my favourite Shakespeare play and one that I come back to time and time again although not on a regular basis sometimes it's months or in this caes a couple of years. I love it for it's humour and the way the relationship develops between Petruchio and Katharine,and I love the way Katharine eventually submits.

For me this is not a sexist play I read it and enjoy it for what it is, the submission of a woman to her husband:)
Oct 29, 2015 Obsidian rated it did not like it
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David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
This is a very difficult play for us modern minds to come to grips with, though when one approaches this play one does need to consider that this play would have been difficult to stomach for the original theatre goers as well, however, if one does some research into the literature upon which this play is based, one can see that (pardon the pun) this play is quite tame compared to its sources. The source that I am referring to is a poem by Hugh Jackson, written in about 1550, entitled “Here ...more
Feb 03, 2011 ben rated it it was ok
I read this not only because I like Shakespeare, but I'm a big fan of "10 Things I Hate About You." I mean, who isn't? I must have seen the movie well over a hundred times by now. After reading the play, I gotta say I was a little surprised. I knew the movie wouldn't be even close to accurate, but there was one big change I didn't expect. While in the movie Heath Ledger "tames" the shrew Julia Stiles with things like openness, kindness, persistence, kisses and paintball, in the play Petruchio ...more
Jan 01, 2016 AGamarra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Conocí "La Fierecilla domada" por sus adaptaciones en primer lugar, una película protagonizada por Elizabeth Taylor y luego por la telenovela "El clavel y la rosa" protagonizada por Adriana Esteves, única novela que he seguido en mi vida pues nunca veo novelas.
La historia narra las relaciones amorosas de dos hermanas, hijas del rico de Padua, Bautista. Blanca quien tiene como pretendientes a Lucencio, Hortensio y Gremio, quienes lamentablemente no pueden pretender casarse con ella hasta que Cata
Madeline Knight-Dixon
Sep 11, 2012 Madeline Knight-Dixon rated it it was ok
The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare:

I have so many problems with this play, I don’t even know where to begin. The thing that is the hardest to realize about Shakespeare is that the word “comedy” doesn’t mean humor. It means the play ends with someone getting married. But to assume this means it ends happily is an ignorant modern notion.

There’s tons of feminist criticism about this play, with the central question being this; Is Katherine pleased at the end because she’s actually been tam
Dany Burns
This is like 3.5 stars really. I actually did enjoy this. I had to read this for school and the only other Shakespeare I have had to read has been Romeo and Juliet. It helped that my version had the modern interpretation as well because it helped me better understand the play. Shakespeare is always difficult because the language is difficult to understand today, so a translation really helped. Yes, there were some parts of this play that seem awful by modern standards and I totally get why that ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I'd have to say this is one of my less favorite of Shakespeare's works, although it's a lot more fun to see it performed than to read it, since you can get a better idea of the absurdity of all the impersonations.
As a modern woman, I'm a bit put off by the way Petruchio "tames" Kate by what really amounts to abuse ---refusing her food and sleep. Also, the speech Kate makes at the end is a little far-fetched, as if she has magically been transformed into this perfect example of the Christian mono
Yomna Suwaïdan
إليك شكسبير ، معارضتي المتذبذبة لك حيال نظرتك السادية - غالبًا - للمرأة لا زالت كما هي ، رغم اعترافي بأن ما عرضته في مسرحيتك - أو ما عدلته من عمل كريستوفر مارلو - كان حلًا لترويض كل من هو شرسٌ على وجه الأرض بمثل ما يأتي به .. لكني - أقسم لك - أني لو تعرضت لمثل من يُملي عليَّ خياراتي ، و يحاول التحكم فيها على النحو الذي يريد ، لقتلته في أرضه :)) .

لن أتحدث عن الترجمة :D
Anastasia シ
Oct 23, 2011 Anastasia シ rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Anastasia by: Teacher
Bülent Çallı
Shakespeare'in oyunlarının Türkçe çevirilerini belli bir kronolojiyi takip ederek okuma işine giriştim. Hırçın Kız okuduğum üçüncü oyun. Yine bir takım dalavereler ve kılık değiştirmeler eşliğinde sevenler sevdiklerine kavuşmaya çalışıyor. Kadının yeri kocasının yanıdır temalı bu oyun günümüzde pek hoş karşılanmazdı herhalde. Yine de dönemi itibariyle Kate karakteri oldukça özgün ve dikkate değer bir yaratım.
Huda Aweys
I love women in Shakespeare's theater, she is always main .., She is special .. have a rich and complex character ..
and nice :)
أحب المرأة فى مسرح شكسبير فهي دائما بطلة ، مميزة .. صاحبة شخصية معقدة و غنية .. و لطيفة :)
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been ...more
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