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Here we meet Christopher Sly, a tinker by trade and a drunk by avocation. As the action opens, he is being thrown out of an alehouse. Drunken, he falls asleep before a nearby Lord's house. When the Lord returns from hunting, he spies Sly and immediately concocts a plan to convince the beggar that he is a nobleman.
The Lord orders Sly to be taken into the house, bathed, and placed in the estate's nicest bed. He also orders his servants to wait on Sly and treat him as if he were the lord of the manor.
In the midst of this merry planning, a troupe of actors appears and is enlisted for a performance that evening. Upon waking, Christopher Sly is understandably confused.
He immediately calls for a drink and is attended to by three servants supposedly his. The Lord himself assumes a subordinate position and takes great delight at Sly's consternation at the situation. Before long, Sly falls into the Lord's trap and believes he is, in fact, master of all he surveys.
The Lord and his servants, though, have a laugh at Sly's expense. When Sly requests his wife join him in bed, he is told that the doctors have warned that sexual activity may cause a relapse, and so rather than risk returning to his beggarly self, he agrees to wait, opting instead to watch the play put on by the acting company.
The story of The Taming of the Shrew itself really begins at this point. His servant Tranio accompanies him, and together they secretly witness quite a scene. Before them enters Baptista Minola, his daughters Katherine and Bianca, and two men, Gremio and Hortensio, both wishing to be suitors to Bianca.
Minola explains, however, that no one shall court Bianca until her older sister is successfully married. The problem, as the two men point out, is that Kate is so forward and unruly that no one they can think of would possibly want to marry her.
Baptista declares he will allow tutors into his house, but no suitors until Kate is wed. After Minola and his entourage leave, Lucentio reveals he has fallen utterly in love with Bianca. Because he knows her father will admit no suitors, he decides to disguise himself as a schoolmaster and secretly court Bianca.
Because Lucentio is expected in Padua and his absence would be noted, he instructs his servant Tranio to assume his persona. Shortly Petruchio, a gentleman from Verona, and his servant Grumio arrive. Petruchio has come seeking his fortune in the form of a wealthy wife. His friend, Hortensio, informs him he knows just the woman, but the drawback is she is a shrew.An Introduction to The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the attheheels.com Augustin Daly.
New York: Private Printing. A play entitled "The Taming of a Shrew" was published in London in It had been for some time extant and had been "sundry-times" acted by the players who were in the service of the Earl of attheheels.com authorship of it is unknown; but Charles Knight ascribes it to Robert.
Nov 19, · The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare November 19, ~ TheStacksPodcast The next play up in the #ShakeTheStacks challenge is a relatively well known play The Taming of the Shrew. Feb 26, · The Taming of The Shrew - This battle of the sexes is another plot that can seem uncomfortably classed as ‘comedy’ to us.
Perhaps we could call it a ‘rebirth’ plot, though. Perhaps we could call it a ‘rebirth’ plot, attheheels.com: What's It All About, Shakespeare?
The Taming of the Shrew is the story of how Petruchio, the money-grubbing wife hunter, transforms the aggressive and bad-tempered Katherine Minola into an obedient, honey-tongued trophy wife.
Written by William Shakespeare between and , it's one of Shakespeare's earliest Comedies – it's also one of his most controversial works. William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew "The Taming of the Shrew" could either be seen as offensive or acceptable to women dependant upon the era of which they lived (16th century-the period of Shakespeare, or the 21st century).
The adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew stars Heath Ledger as a bad boy who is paid to woo Julia Stiles, the "shrew," so that her father will allow her younger sister to date.
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