The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Audiobook CD - 2003
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Considered one of Shakespeare's bawdier works, the play describes the volatile courtship between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katharina's legendary temper and win her dowry. The main story is offered as a play within a play; the frame story consists of an initial two-scene induction: a lord offers the love story as an entertainment for tinker Christopher Sly, recovering from a drunken binge at an alehouse. Although Katharina repeatedly insults Petruchio, he woos, wins, and tames her by insisting that she is actually the soul of gentleness and patience. After their marriage, he makes her forgo food, sleep, and fancy clothing, and he outdoes her mean tongue by abusing the servants. In the final scene, Petruchio wins a bet that his wife is the most obedient after Katharina gives a speech extolling the virtues of wifely subservience.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : CBC Audio, p2003
Edition: Dramatization
ISBN: 9780660189659
0660189658
Branch Call Number: 822.33 Q3
Characteristics: 2 compact discs (ca. 2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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Feb 21, 2018

This started great: a prank played on an extremely drunk character. Fun and funny.
However, the play within this play, the entire scope of this work.....what was Shakespeare thinking??!!
Questions I have:
Why is Kate so angry? What happened in her life to cause that anger? What is going on in her home? Anger like this comes from hurt & pain. It stops her from enjoying and living. Then she marries the first guy who "wants" her (to get away from this home situation?). Didn't she jump from the frying pan into the fire?!!
Why is Petruchio seen as such a good guy? He marries a woman for her money, then abuses her until she breaks (or at least agrees with him to keep the abuse away). He's seen as a complete success story and highly admired by his friends. What???!! Why?
Yikes!!
Yes, there are some witty remarks throughout and this play seemed easier to understand than some other Shakespearean plays I've read (it's a bit "Shakespeare-lite") but the premise of this play is a bit off-kilter to me.

I read this after reading Vinegar Girl, which was a kind hearted, light, funny story of a somewhat bitter, disillusioned girl learning to trust herself by trusting love. It was a warm story based on this play. I prefer the Kate in Vinegar Girl to Shakespeare's Kate. This Kate grew and flourished. Shakespeare's Kate is confined to an abusive, shrunken life.

Also, what happened with the prank played on the drunken guy at the beginning? What happened to that group of people? They seem to have been forgotten. What's their purpose?

......scratching my head on this one.......

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