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1 THE TAMING OF THE SHREW William Shakespeare

2 Small mouselike mammal with a long snout; related to moles. Known for its ugly temper Also, a woman with a bad temper (unfortunately, a BeeOtch) 1. Shrew

3 Katharina and Petruchio– a marriage made in heaven?

4 2. shrewd clever, always able to get your way through smarts Annabelle is so shrewd;she can manipulate her mom to get her whatever she wants at the store. a shrewd gambler got his money

5 In his strategy soliloquy, Pete shows hes shrewd. He knows what he wants. He wants a happy household--her money is a bonus) page 109, Act II, sc. i His strategy is to woo and win Kate by mirroring to her the opposite of each of her behaviors.

6 Reasons she might be shrewish: furious at the world (unfair era for women) motherless; perhaps no good guidance? jealous of Baptistas overt love and kindness to Bianca. angry that no one likes her? no one ever taught me how to play nice… poor me…

7 Shrew Vocab #1 1.a.shrew b.shrewd 2.Shakespearean comedy, as opposed to Shakespearean tragedy 3.pantaloon 4.sarcasm 5.induction 6.irony 7.foil 8.players 9.pedant 10.dowry 11.haberdasher 12.submissive, submit 13.ingrate 14. domineer, (-ing)

8 Sentences for number #2 & #3 The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespearean comedy. I am so glad you could make it, the teacher said sarcastically to the late student.

9 Definition for induction #5 To start something or cause it to start. When the doctor induced the pregnant ladys labor, she started to have the baby.

10 Sentences for #6 6. When something happens that is the opposite of what we would expect. When the dentist got a cavity, that was ironic. When Jerry the mouse chased Tom the cat, it was ironic.

11 # 7 foil Two items which contrast with one another are foils Kim Kardashian is a perfect foil for Taylor Swift. dark hair skanky blondie, good girl

12 #8 players actors in a play Shakespeareanplayers can play several parts.

13 Sentences 9. The teacher was so pedantic; she wouldnt just relax and let us learn. She was just a know-it-all. 11. Mens Wearhouse is a haberdashery. 10. When the young woman got married, her father had to pay a dowry to the grooms family. 12.

14 Shrew Vocab #2 1.prose (n.) 2.pun (n.) 3.fret (v.) 4.fume (v.) 5.lineage (n.) 6.nobility (n.) 7.farce (n.) 8.slapstick (n.) 9.a. soliloquy (n.) b. monologue (n.) 10. daunt 11. prodigy 12. abate 13. delude 14. construe

15 The Foils Bianca Kates younger and much sweeter sister Lucentio (pretends to be Cambio Biancas teacher) …Lucentio really likes Bianca, but…

16 The Dad Wont marry off the younger sister Bianca, until he gets rid of Kate the Shrew. Baptista (the girls dad– kind of a hard-nosed guy) Bummer for Bianca and Lucentio.

17 Whats the 1 st Conflict? 1. he has to give a substantial dowry for each girl– this is expensive. 2. he has to live with Kate forever if Bianca gets married, and he likes Bianca better. The dad refuses to marry off the younger daughter before the older one gets married several reasons:

18 Whats the main Conflict? Petruchio must tame wild Kate. He begins taming her even before their wedding (she has no choice but to marry him). Girls had to do what their fathers told them to do, regardless of their own feelings.

19 Get em straight. Grumio is Petruchios servant. Like a horses groom in a stable Gremio is one of several guys who likes Bianca Will that be all, Sir? Spoiler: Lucentio gets her, and Hortensio ends up marrying the widow. Why yes, splendid, Grumio. Thank you so much.

20 Servants Lucs servants Tranio---helps Lucentio by pretending to be Lucentio Biondello Grumio--the fool of the play. He provides comic relief by pretending to misunderstand Petruchio and getting into ridiculous arguments with him. Curtis Pedant– a man who is a know-it-all Tailor– a guy who makes clothes Haberdasher– a guy who sells clothing goods Petruchios servants Baptistas helpers

21 Imagine the scene where Kate and Petruchio will meet. At least 2 solid paragraphs 35 points. Write a dialogue between the two. Will Petruchio charm Kate? Will he still want to marry her after he meets her? Your dialogue should capture the confident and headstrong nature of both characters.

22 Setting (time and place) Padua, Italy (Kate and Biancas house) Verona Petruchios country house Time could be medieval, Elizabethan, or modern (see BBCs newest version!) Kiss Me Kate is set in 1953 America

23 Wives are to be obedient, humble, and modest (like Bianca) They shouldnt go tearing up the house (like Kate) and disobeying fathers, brothers, husbands. They certainly shouldnt have minds of their own. Elizabethan Attitude Toward Women The Elizabethan era was named after Queen Elizabeth ( )

24 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear (respect). 1 Peter 3:1-6

25 Do not let your adornment be merely outward– arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel,-- rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter continued

26 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (v. 7) The husband verse which follows:

27 What is your opinion of the verse commanding women to be submissive to their husbands? Girls, are you willing to obey this command? Why? Think about problems that come up in marriages--- lack of money, kids giving trouble (or just babies crying!), or living situations.. Journal Entry #1 for Shrew: All students answer this. Girls answer.

28 Guys, as husbands, do you believe that men should be the heads of the household and the woman should defer to you? Why? Think about problems that come up in marriages--- lack of money, kids giving trouble (or just babies crying!), or living situations. Give at least 3 solid reasons Elizabethans took Bible commands very literally Guys answer.

29 Meaning: white– inference: pure, good, blameless Symbolism of Biancas name

30 1. CAT: Punning on the name "Kate" and "cat," Petruchio threatens to turn Kate from a "wild Kate" to a "household Kate" (2.1.39) Animal allusions in Taming of the Shrew I can haz cheezburger now?

31 Continued comparisons of people to animals. 2. cart her rather (like a horse) 3. shrew 4. Wasp 5. buzzard (Kate to Petruchio) 6. Petruchio later compares her to a falcon, a bird of prey that he must starve and deprive of sleep in order to break or tame. 7. the Lord refers to Sly as a "swine" and a "beast" 8. numerous references to Kate as the devil (also thought of as a beast)

32 ANIMALS,continued Subhuman status and romantic insults? Roberts also notes that "a great deal of the humor of the first meeting between Kate and her suitor […] depends on the determination of each to reduce the other to subhuman status." Why do people who love each other insult each other? …You never bring me fresh meat any more, you big, lazy, hairy, animal…..!!!!

33 Petruchio's wedding getup and Kate's dirty old dress A. Disguise B. Appearance vs. Reality C. Control Petruchio's ridiculous wedding digs are just one kind of disguise we see in the play. Petruchio doesn't normally dress this way – it's all part of his strategy to "tame" Kate by playing the role of erratic and excessively domineering husband. (You can read more about the other kinds of disguises in our discussion of the theme "Art and Culture.") When Petruchio arrives at the wedding ceremony late and dressed like Rainbow Brite's twin brother, he demonstrates his ability to embarrass and publicly humiliate his bride (and her father). Petruchio's outrageous getup makes it perfectly clear that Kate has absolutely no control over what Petruchio wears or how he behaves. Baptista doesn't have any control over Petruchio either. When the old man asks Petruchio to change into something more appropriate, Petruchio replies that Kate is marrying the man, not his clothes. Petruchio is being a jerk, of course, but there's a whole lot of truth in what he says. Outward appearances are not necessarily indicative of a person's true identity, a lesson we learn over and over throughout the play. This point is lost on Baptista when Petruchio follows it up by saying something like: "By the way, dad, I can't wait for your daughter to wear me out in the sack tonight. Wink, wink." Petruchio also exercises his control over Kate by controlling what she wears later on in the play. Before the pair set off for Bianca's wedding in Act 4, Petruchio causes a big ruckus over the clothes and hat that have been custom made for Katherine. Petruchio claims they're not up to snuff and insists that he and Kate wear old rags to Bianca's wedding. Kate is livid – like a toddler, she's not even allowed to pick out her own clothes. She's also not allowed to complain about this because Petruchio tells her to zip it, or else they're not going to Padua.theme "Art and Culture."

34 Allusions, Act 1, scene i Contrasting animals to gods or civil, classically - educated human beings with manners To Minerva (goddess wisdom) To Aristotle, Ovid (classical lit) as Anna to the Queen of Carthage was great Jove

35 3 characteristics of a Shakespearean Comedy The would-be lovers must overcome obstacles, before they have a harmonious union (often a wedding). The theme of love is prevalent in every Shakespeare comedy. 1. Happy Ending2. Love 3. Mistaken Identities In Shrew, Tranio becomes Lucentio and Lucentio becomes Cambio, Biancas teacher, in order to get close to her.

36 4. The most significant characteristic of Shakespeares mature comedies: She experiences a total turnaround in her character 4. A philosophical aspect involving weightier issues and themes In Shrew, Kates personal identity changes… …She recognizes the importance of love in human existence, and changes her behavior. from wild woman … … to obedient wife.

37 2. pun-- a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings An example of a pun is: Wild Kate– instead of a wild cat

38 more puns The guitarist passed out on stage…he must have rocked himself to sleep.

39 An example of a farce is: The Taming of the Shrew, a farcical play. Bugs Bunny cartoons are farcical. 7. farce a comedy that is full of coincidence and ridiculous events. Coincidence is where things happen together randomly.

40 Examples of slapstick comedy are: The 3 Stooges or Tom and Jerry. Slapstick is when Petruchio kisses Kate so loudly it is heard throughout the church 8. slapstick -- a form of comedy with obvious physical play literally you slap the actor with a stick!

41 Homework due Tuesday Read all of Act 5, pp. to 279 do page 238, #s 1, 6, 8. do #2, An extended metaphor. Write a long paragraph for this do page 239, #4, soliloquy do page 239, #4, Pretend that women had the upper hand.

42 The DADS VINCENTIO venerable father (old man on the road) father to Lucentio, who is pretending to be a teacher he knows that Tranio is just a servant BAPTISTA father to the girls

43 theme: ORDER VS. DISORDER Kates home in Padua (Not in order) Directions: For Acts 1-3, write at least 7 Act, Scene, and line examples in which you find Kate misbehaving. Disorderly home Kate throwing dishes, chairs Kate screaming and disrespecting Pet and Dad hitting Bianca and tying her hands (bullying

44 Petes country home in Verona Orderly home not at all in Verona! Disorderly home Petruchio shouting at his servants (Act 4.)

45 theme: ORDER VS. DISORDER Orderly home Kate begins to plea for order Husband, be patient. Husband, have a little understanding (the meat was fine) Thank you. Acceptance Manners Disorderly home things begin to come into line as Pete keeps up his abuse of Kate. Directions: next to each in the left column, write the Act, scene, and line in which you find them

46 Shrew # 2 vocab 1. Prose 2. Pun 3. fret 1. basic talking or writing, NO rhyming 2. A play on words 3. The spaces on a guitar or stringed instrument BUT it also means to worry

47 Shrew vocab #2, continued 4. fume 5. lineage 6. nobility 4. to be very angry 5. the bloodline from great grandparents, to parent, to you, on to your children and grandchildren 6. people who are born high-ranking, like princes and lords.

48 Shrew vocab #2 continued 7. farce 8. slapstick 9. soliloquy, monologue 9. Hamlets famous soliloquy begins with To be, or not to be… *solus: alone *loqu, to speak (L.) *mono: one *logy, logue: word study, speech (Gr.)

49 Copyright Debora B. Schwartz, Some information taken from


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