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1 The Taming of the shrew

2 I believe that in order to be truly happy, people need to be married.

3 Your parents should have a say in who you marry.

4 It is better to go against the values and norms of society (including those of your family) if it will ensure that you are truly happy.

5 You should marry someone you are passionately in love with and find attractive.

6 You should marry someone who is your intellectual equal.

7 You should marry someone who can take care of you financially.

8 A man should ask permission from a girl’s father before asking her to marry him.

9 The guy should be the one to ask the girl out on a date.

10 The guy should be the one to propose to the girl.

11 At times in my life I have been frustrated by the expectations put on me (by my family, society, etc.)

12 You can easily change your true social status and how people perceive you with external things (i.e. clothes, a car, etc.)

13 Based on our discussion, what predictions do you have for the play?

14 Tired as yesterday’s news
Haiku Voice Inflection Exercises: The famous Spam Haikus by Michael Lubic Getting us ready for voice/Tone & THE Summative Directions: In your group, you each will apply one of the following emotions to give an oral interpretation of two haikus. Your job is to show the emotion with your voice and tone (volume, emphasis, rate, etc), not your non- verbals. After each group member shares, guess which emotion s/he was using and share how you know. Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods

15   Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods
And who dares mock Spam? you? you? you are not worthy of one rich pink fleck Grotesque pinkish mass In a blue can on a shelf Quivering alone

16 The color of Spam is natural as the sky: A block of sunrise
  Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods The color of Spam is natural as the sky: A block of sunrise Oh tin of pink meat I ponder what you may be: Snout or ear or feet?

17 In the cool morning I fry up a slab of Spam A dog barks next door
  Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods In the cool morning I fry up a slab of Spam A dog barks next door Pink tender morsel Glistening with salty gel What the hell is it?

18 Old man seeks doctor "I eat Spam daily", he says. Angioplasty
  Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods Old man seeks doctor "I eat Spam daily", he says. Angioplasty Highly unnatural The tortured shape of this "food" A small pink coffin

19   Tired as yesterday’s news Madder than a wet hen Deliriously happy Guilty as Tiger Woods
Slicing your sweet self Salivating in suspense Sizzle, sizzle...Spam Pink, beefy temptress I can no longer remain Vegetarian

20 When turning In Please sign up for a role in TOS Acts I & II (sheet is on the board) 5th Hour – Everyone sign up for one role. 8th Hour – Everyone sign up for one role... Three ingenious friends need deck their fortune with virtuous deeds and sign up for two roles (in different scenes).

21 1.1 As we read, please take notes as necessary to help you understand the plot and characterization. Also, please be filling in your “code switching” chart with words that have an unfamiliar meaning.

22 Induction Shmoop Editorial Team.
Argument between Hostess and Sly at a bar Sly is indignant; he calls her a whore, claims he is the descendant of "Richard the Conqueror" (whoops – he's probably thinking of a William the Conqueror), and refuses to pay for some broken beer mugs. Hostess goes for the police Drunk Sly continues to talk trash until he passes out cold.

23 Induction Cont’d The Lord and his posse come along: “We want a few cold beers after a long day of hunting. Our hunting dogs are awesome.” The Lord, who basically owns the entire countryside, is totally disgusted. He calls Sly a "monstrous beast" and a "swine" and says he's going to play an elaborate prank to teach Sly a lesson.

24 Induction Cont’d Sly is cleaned up and surrounded with delicious food, great music, and obedient servants. The plan, he says, is to trick Sly into believing he is a nobleman instead of a drunken beggar. Sly is carried up to a bedroom. Meanwhile, a bunch of actors just happen to show up at the estate. Being a big theater buff, the Lord offers to let them crash for the night in exchange for some entertainment. He tells them he'd like them to put on a play for a fellow "Lord" but there's one small thing: the actors can't laugh at this guy when he acts like a hillbilly who has never seen a play before.

25 Induction Cont’d The Lord's work isn't quite done – since he still needs someone to pretend to be Sly's wife, he tells one of his lackeys to fetch his best boy servant, Bartholomew, and to dress up Bart like a trophy wife. The Lord gives all sorts of pointers on how the role of an obedient nobleman's wife should be played – what she should wear, how she should speak and act, and what to do if Bart can't make himself cry on cue (use an onion, of course).

26 Induction Cont’d Sly is surrounded by servants who offer tasty snacks, expensive booze, and the coolest clothes, all of which Sly rejects on the grounds that he is Christopher Sly, the guy who eats discounted beef, drinks cheap beer, owns only one outfit, and often goes barefoot. Undaunted, the Lord and his servants apply even more pressure, insisting that this behavior is upsetting Sly's wife, his servants, and all his rich friends. They offer him more luxuries and tell him he can have anything he wants – music, mid-day naps, riding, hawking, hunting, pornography – all the things that the average Elizabethan nobleman adores. The final enticement is news that Sly has the hottest wife in town, and she really misses her man.

27 Induction Cont’d Sly wonders if he's dreaming and decides that no, he is awake and therefore he must be a nobleman. His first command as a "nobleman" is something like this: "Bring me my woman… and another pitcher of Coors light!" Bartholomew enters the room dressed like a woman and says all the things an obedient and loving noblewoman would say – "I'm obedient to you," and "not sleeping with you for the past fifteen years has been a real bummer." Sly orders everybody out of the room and tells Bart to take off her clothes and hop in the sack.

28 Induction Cont’d Bart is in quite a fix, so he says Sly's doctor has put the kibosh on sex for at least 24 hours, because it might cause Sly to relapse. Sly responds with a lame pun on his erection and says he'll just have to wait a little longer. A messenger enters the room and announces that some actors want to perform for Sly as a "welcome back from your coma" gift. The messenger says that, according to the doctor, a play is just the right kind of medicine for a guy recovering from a fifteen-year-long nap. Sly tells his wife to slide her bootylicious self on over next to him so they can watch the play together.

29 Please Define “Shrew” and “Tame”
Homework Please Define “Shrew” and “Tame” Using these definitions, discuss your thoughts on the play’s title. ______________________ (8th Hour) Read PP. XVII-XXV and write down key points Read over the schmoop notes for If you wish to challenge yourself and go schmoop-less, forgo this luxury. Webster defines shrew as “a vexatious, scolding, or brawling woman.” Kate is also described in the play as headstrong, cursed, mad, and choleric. Ask the students: What images do you get from the word taming? Webster defines tame as “changed from the wild state, domesticated.” Ask: What is suggested by the word domesticated? Webster offers, “converted to the home life; tame.” Students can see that the play will be about “a scolding, brawling woman who is changed from the wild state and converted to home life.” That idea alone ought to prompt a lively classroom discussion.

30 Thoughts? What is suggested by these definitions?
The Taming of the Shrew “Changed from a wild state, domesticated” “Vexatious, scolding, brawling woman” Thoughts? What is suggested by these definitions?

31 (1.1) 5 Minute Staging Activity
Imagine you are directing this opening scene. You need to focus the audience's interest on the new story after the highly theatrical Induction. Talk together about how you might do this. Some directors make lines 1-45 funny. Find at least three points where you would attempt to make the audience laugh aloud.

32 Quick Talk Talk about Kate & Bianca – what are they like, and what are their attitudes toward each other?


34 Punctuation – Read these lines
Reading Tips Punctuation – Read these lines “But sirrah, not for my sake, but your master’s, I advise You to use your manners discreetly in all kind of companies” (I.i ) Pith = essential part, core

35 Reading Tips You to use your manners discreetly in all kind of companies” (I.i ) Context Clues - What does this mean? “in all kind of companies”

36 Reading Tips Word Variations/Roots “Perhaps you marked not what’s the pith of all” (I.i.168) = I wonder if you missed the main point here.

37 Local references specific to place/time
PP. XvII-XXV Shakespeare’s Words No longer used Local references specific to place/time Words we still use, but with different meaning

38 Shakespeare’s Sentences Inversion – switch subject and verb
PP. XvII-XXV Shakespeare’s Sentences Inversion – switch subject and verb Interruption – to add extra detail **When you’re confused, check for inversion or interruption. **Do as the actors do and rearrange words, put together word clusters without the interruptions to help you understand the play.

39 Shakespearean Wordplay
PP. XvII-XXV Shakespearean Wordplay Pun – a play on words that sound the same but have different meanings. Used to create humor within scenes. Metaphors/Extended Metaphors – a play on words in which one object or idea is expressed as if it were something else, something with which it shares common features.

40 PP. XvII-XXV Implied Stage Action Some stage directions are suggested within the dialogue itself. Other movements, gestures, use of props, etc. must be inferred and are open to interpretation.


42 Talkin’ like the bard – 10 pts
Creatively emulate Shakespeare’s writing style as closely as possible. Include inversion, interruption, pun/metaphor, allusions, and words/phrases from your code switching sheet. You’re free to write about whatever you want, but here are some ideas: Tell your best friend what happened on your date last Saturday night Tell your parents why you failed P.E. 3. Explain to a potential employer why you should be hired at ______. Convince your parents they should buy you a car when you get your license. Create a monologue about something you love/hate/admire

43 1.2 Quick Chat Character Discussion
If you were making a new film production of Taming of the Shrew who would you cast as Kate? Bianca? Petruchio? Lucentio? Why? Say something about these characters that shows who they are. Use DC, T, P, ADJ, ADV, A in your five-sentence response.

44 Act I: Review Act one introduces a number of characters, several are in love, some adopt disguises, and some have particular relationships with others. Draw a diagram to show as clearly as possible who’s who, who’s pretending to be someone else, and the chief relationships among the characters. The list of characters at the beginning of the play will help you. It should take up the whole page and be easy to read.




48 Do K & P belong together? Explain.
2.1 Do K & P belong together? Explain.

49 3.1 What advice do women receive nowadays on “how to get a man”? Survey some current magazines offering advice on this topic. How might this advice relate to Kate or Bianca?*

50 Is this play sexist? Explain.
3.2 Is this play sexist? Explain.

51 4.1 Read this scene over again and write down at least two new observations/insights.

52 4.4 Is Kate tamed?

53 5.1/5.2 Read to the end of the play and write what you think of the ending. Discuss Kate’s last speech. Suppose that Kate and Petruchio each decide to write an advice column. Write a letter from a modern figure who asks for advice on marriage or dating, and then write the reply that Kate and Petruchio would give. (For example, what would Kate and Petruchio tell Roseanne of TV sitcom fame?)* Americans should return to the tradition of arranged marriages. Argue this as the characters from the play. In the manner of Saturday Night Live, create a parody of The Taming of the Shrew. Suppose Petruchio and Kate or Bianca and Lucentio were to visit a modern TV talk show. What might happen? Plan and portray their appearance.+

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