What is a ‘shrew’?
Why might a
been used to
Taming of the Shrew in less than 5 minutes
Lucentio attends the local university. He sees Bianca and falls in
Bianca already has two suitors and Bianca’s father says no one may
court Bianca until first her older sister, the vicious, ill-tempered
Katherine, is married.
Lucentio decides to overcome this problem by disguising himself
as Bianca’s Latin tutor to gain an excuse to be in her company.
Petruchio arrives in Padua to find a wife. He intends to marry a rich
woman, and does not care what she is like as long as she will bring
him a fortune.
He agrees to marry Katherine sight unseen.
He goes to meet her, and they have a duel of words with Katherine
Petruchio tells her that he will marry her whether she agrees or
On Sunday, Petruchio is late to his own wedding, leaving Katherine
to fear she will become an old maid. After the wedding, Petruchio
forces Katherine to leave for his country house before the feast,
telling all in earshot that she is now his property and that he may
Once they reach his country house, Petruchio continues the
process of “taming” Katherine by keeping her from eating or
sleeping for several days—he pretends that he loves her so much
he cannot allow her to eat his inferior food or to sleep in his poorly
In Padua, Lucentio wins Bianca’s heart by wooing her with a Latin
translation that declares his love.
Katherine’s willfulness is dissipating, she agrees that all is as her
Other characters are shocked to see that Katherine seems to have
been “tamed”—she obeys everything that Petruchio says and gives
a long speech advocating the loyalty of wives to their husbands.
When the three new husbands stage a contest to see which of
their wives will obey first when summoned, everyone expects
Lucentio to win. Bianca, however, sends a message back refusing
to obey, while Katherine comes immediately.
The others acknowledge that Petruchio has won an astonishing
victory, and the happy Katherine and Petruchio leave the banquet
to go to bed.
•Women (feminism/attitudes to women)
•Parental relationship/patriarchal society
•Gender and power
POETRY – LOVE THROUGH
We study one collection from a choice of 2…
Talking In Bed – Phillip Larkin
Talking in bed ought to be easiest,
Lying together there goes back so far,
An emblem of two people being honest.
Yet more and more time passes silently.
Outside, the wind's incomplete unrest
Builds and disperses clouds in the sky,
And dark towns heap up on the horizon.
None of this cares for us. Nothing shows why
At this unique distance from isolation
It becomes still more difficult to find
Words at once true and kind,
Or not untrue and not unkind
TITLE: What could be
going on here?
CONTENT: What is this
POET: What do you
think Larkin’s attitude
to love is?
THEME: What is the
state of the
THE FLEA – John Donne
• What do you know about fleas?
• How could a flea be used as a sexual/passionate metaphor?
• Would you be flattered/persuaded is someone used a flea in a love poem to you?
• Read the poem – can you work out what Donne’s main arguments are for getting the
woman to sleep with him? Look at the bits in bold.
• What was her response?
• Can you find any sexual/crude imagery being used?
OVER THE SUMMER:
1. Get your own copy of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.
2. Read ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.
3. Watch a film version (even ‘10 things I hate about you’!)
4. Try reading some of the poems from the list previously – though I
have not yet decided which selection we will be studying.
5. Read this article - https://www.thoughtco.com/taming-of-the-
shrew-feminist-reading-2984901 How far do you agree with the
points being made, especially in relation to TTOFS?