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Shakespeare’s controversial comedy about a man’s quest to break the will of his headstrong wife.
Whether this tale is motivated by misogyny, or is simply a satirical critique of men’s treatment of women is a matter up for much debate. Regardless of its potentially polarizing intentions, The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare’s most intriguing comedies. Framed as a play within a play, it tells the story of the assertive Katherina’s marriage to Petruchio, who resorts to all sorts of psychological abuse in order to force her to be a traditional obedient wife.The inspiration for the Broadway play Kiss Me, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew is a fascinating glimpse into the sexual politics of the Elizabethan era.
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- ASIN : B087TD8C7Z
- Publisher : Open Road Media (May 5, 2020)
- Publication date : May 5, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2926 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 110 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1095048465
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,258,787 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The formatting makes it impossible to orient yourself (no line numbers, but also, the titles of acts and scenes are often jambed up against the end of actual dialogue, with occasional signifiers like SC_2 that have no meaning and no context is provided).
We purchased this book because we're in a Shakespeare read-aloud group and wanted to use a book instead of a screen to read from. We purchased it over a month ahead of time, which unfortunately means it can't be returned at this point, so I'm hoping that this warning to others will be helpful.
DO NOT BUY THIS COPY. You'd be better off going to MIT's online collection and just printing it off.
But that would be to miss the major storyline of the play. It has been imitated so much that reading it anew is an arduous task in itself. Shakespeare set the tone at the beginning of modernity for the training of a potential spouse, male or female, to be one’s lifelong mate. Even outside of literature, one must acknowledge that this type of education goes on today throughout the world—creating many a happy marriage.
While Kate’s final monologue and many of Petruchio’s tactics belong thoroughly in the past, the play can still be enjoyed without endorsing them. It was obviously meant by Shakespeare to be a light romance in which love, once again, conquers all.
And, like many of Shakespeare’s comedies, the imagined world is more zany than believable. Are we really to think that Petruchio’s beating of his servants is meant to be taken by Shakespeare as realistic comedy? No more than the beatings which take place in children’s cartoons. Still less are Petruchio and Kate meant to be full-bodied characters.
Sometimes one must simply accept the conventions of an age, both good or bad, to enjoy a work of literature. Who knows what barbarisms the future will see in the works of today? It may not be Shakespeare’s best comedy but it is humorous—even if the mores of a different era can be grating.
The Signet editions are great in general. Very readable, helpful (but not intrusive) footnotes, and good introductions. I recommend them for anyone looking to read more Shakespeare.
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Could do better, WS! (And he did, fortunately .... thank goodness for the tragedies, I say.)