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The Taming of the Shrew:by William Shakespeare

The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare. It was one of his earlier plays, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594. The play begins with a framing device often referred to as the induction, in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself. The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly’s diversion. in which a drunkard is deceived into thinking he is a nobleman who then watches the “play” itself, which depicts a nobleman, Petruchio, who marries an outspoken, intelligent, and bad-tempered shrew named Katherina. Petruchio manipulates and “tames” her until she is obedient to his will. The main subplot features the courting of Katherina’s more conventional sister Bianca by numerous suitors.

 

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The Taming of the Shrew

  • Prior to the first act, an induction frames the play as a "kind of history" played in front of a befuddled drunkard named Christopher Sly who is tricked into believing he is a lord. The play is performed in order to distract Sly from his "wife," who is actually Bartholomew, a servant, dressed as a woman.

    Format: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

    Words count: 22,318

    Data container: ZIP FILE ( 692 kb)

    Language: ENGLISH