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 that 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.
|Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung () - IMDb||Buy the play The Taming of the Shrew begins with an "induction" in which a nobleman plays a trick on a beggar, Christopher Sly, treating Sly as if he is a nobleman who has lost his memory.|
|Folger Theatre||The Taming of the Shrew has been criticized for its representation of abusive behavior and misogynistic attitudes toward women, and the play has pretty much been dogged since it was first performed. Though Shrew continued to be staged and adapted, in the late s, Nobel Prize winner George Bernard Shaw wrote that "No man with any decency of feeling can sit [the final act] out in the company of a woman without being extremely ashamed" source.|
|Sorry! Something went wrong!||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 that 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.|
|The Taming of the Shrew ( film) - Wikipedia||
In the play performed for Sly, the "shrew" is Katherina, the eldest daughter of Baptista Minola, a lord in Padua. Numerous men, including Gremio and Tranio, deem Katherina an unworthy option for marriage because of her notorious assertiveness and willfulness. On the other hand, men such as Hortensio and Gremio are eager to marry her younger sister Bianca.
The plot thickens when Lucentio, who has recently come to Padua to attend university, falls in love with Bianca. In the meantime, Petruchioaccompanied by his servant Grumio, arrives in Padua from Verona.
Hearing this, Hortensio recruits Petruchio as a suitor for Katherina. He also has Petruchio present Baptista a music tutor named Litio Hortensio in disguise. Thus, Lucentio and Hortensio, attempt to woo Bianca while pretending to be the tutors Cambio and Litio.
Katherina agrees to marry Petruchio after seeing that he is the only man willing to counter her quick remarks; however, at the ceremony Petruchio makes an embarrassing scene when he strikes the priest and drinks the communion wine.
After the wedding, Petruchio takes Katherina to his home against her will.
Once they are gone, Gremio and Tranio disguised as Lucentio formally bid for Bianca, with Tranio easily outbidding Gremio. However, in his zeal to win, he promises much more than Lucentio actually possesses. Leslie illustration of Act 4, Scene 3 Petruchio upbraiding the tailor for making an ill-fitting dress.
In Verona, Petruchio begins the "taming" of his new wife. Along the way, they meet Vincentio, who is also on his way to Padua, and Katherina agrees with Petruchio when he declares that Vincentio is a woman and then apologises to Vincentio when Petruchio tells her that he is a man.
Back in Padua, Lucentio and Tranio convince a passing pedant to pretend to be Vincentio and confirm the dowry for Bianca. The man does so, and Baptista is happy for Bianca to wed Lucentio still Tranio in disguise. Bianca, aware of the deception, then secretly elopes with the real Lucentio to get married.
Tranio still disguised as Lucentio appears, and the pedant acknowledges him to be his son Lucentio. In all the confusion, the real Vincentio is set to be arrested, when the real Lucentio appears with his newly betrothed Bianca, revealing all to a bewildered Baptista and Vincentio.
Lucentio explains everything, and all is forgiven by the two fathers. Meanwhile, Hortensio has married a rich widow. In the final scene of the play there are three newly married couples; Bianca and Lucentio, the widow and Hortensio, and Katherina and Petruchio.
Because of the general opinion that Petruchio is married to a shrew, a good-natured quarrel breaks out amongst the three men about whose wife is the most obedient.
Petruchio proposes a wager whereby each will send a servant to call for their wives, and whichever comes most obediently will have won the wager for her husband.
Katherina is the only one of the three who comes, winning the wager for Petruchio. She then hauls the other two wives into the room, giving a speech on why wives should always obey their husbands.The Taming of the Shrew grossed $8 million in North America, earning $3,, in theatrical rentals during , making it the 25th highest grossing picture of The film grossed $12 million worldwide.
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.
No Fear Shakespeare by SparkNotes features the complete edition of The Taming of the Shrew side-by-side with an accessible, plain English translation. Mar 08, · The main action of The Taming of the Shrew takes place as a play within the play, performed for the benefit of a drunken tinker, Christopher Sly.
Baptista Minola, a wealthy widower of Padua See full summary»/10(K). Director Shana Cooper on Taming Shakespeare’s “Shrew” Posted on September 21, Originally published on September 18, on the Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast (“EPISODE This 'Taming' is not meant to be the definitive portrayal of Shakespeare's play.
Also, Zeffirelli (and Shakespeare, for that matter) did not intend this play/film to be anti-feminist. It is a fun and entertaining version of Shakespeare's play meant to use the parallel between Shakespeare's Petruchio/Kate and Hollywood's match of Burton/Taylor to entertain.