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The taming of the shrew

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The taming of the shrew

  1. 1. The Taming of the Shrew By: Meghan Herilla
  2. 2. TopicsI will be talking about:• Plot and Characters• Critical Analysis and Reception• Themes/Big Ideas
  3. 3. Character List• Katherina• Pertruchio• Bianca• Baptista• Lucentio• Tranio• Gremio• Hortensio• Grumio• Biondello• Christopher Sly
  4. 4. PlotA poor tinker named Christopher Sly becomes the target of a prank by a local lord. Sly was found drunk in front of an alehouse, so the lord has his men take Sly to his manor, dress him in nice clothes, and treat him as a lord. When Sly recovers, the men tell him that he is a lord and that he only thinks he is a tinker because he has been insane for several years. After waking up in the lord’s bed, he doesn’t believe them. But, once he sees his wife(a pageboy dressed in woman’s clothes), he thinks the are telling the truth. Sly is told that his acting troupe is going to present him a play, which is The Taming of the Shrew.The play is about the daughter of a wealthy man, Bianca, who has three people trying to marry her(Lucentio , Gremio, and Hortensio). The conflict is, Bianca cannot wed until her sister, Katherine, is married. This conflict is solved when Hortensio’s friend Pertruchio arrives and marries Katherine. Pertruchio then starts trying to make Katherine an obedient wife. Meanwhile, Lucentio wins over Bianca and his father, Vincentio, and her father, Baptista, both agree to the marriage.At the banquet following Hortensio’s wedding to a widow, the crowd decides to see who’s wife obeys the best. The winner is Katherine; she has been turned into an obedient wife.
  5. 5. TopicsI will be talking about:• Plot and Characters• Critical Analysis and Reception• Themes/Big Ideas
  6. 6. Critical Analysis and Reception• Critics think that even in Shakespeares day, the play was controversial because of some sexist elements.• Many people question the authorship of The Shrew, because A Shrew was written before it and has a similar plot line but different characters.
  7. 7. TopicsI will be talking about:• Plot and Characters• Critical Analysis and Reception• Themes/Big Ideas
  8. 8. Themes/ Big Ideas• Marriage as an Economic Institution- The play focuses on the relationships between men and women as go from interest into marriage• The Effect of Social Roles on Individual Happiness - Each person in the play has a specific social position and has certain expectations about how that person should behave
  9. 9. Bibliography"SparkNotes: The Taming of the Shrew: Character List." SparkNotes: Todays Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shrew/characters.html>."SparkNotes: The Taming of the Shrew: Themes, Motifs & Symbols." SparkNotes: Todays Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shrew/themes.html>."The Taming of the Shrew - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Taming_of_the_Shrew#Analysis_and_c riticism>.an, a local lord. Finding Sly drunk out of his wits in front of. "SparkNotes: The Taming of the Shrew: Plot Overview." SparkNotes: Todays Most Popular Study Guides. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shrew/summary.html>.

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