The assembled crowd is amazed at Kate's transformation. While still a popular and widely performed play, it is also controversial to some audiences for its portrayal of gender identities and roles. That Katherine was the opposite to that of her sister Bianca, who is the pure representation of ladylike characteristic. This demonstrates her intelligence unlike many women. It portrays many ideas about love and marriage that do not quite fit with our current views and what we know about relationships. Structurally, this is interesting and it is worth asking whether this sheds any light on the ending of the play within the play.
Petruchio decides they will go back to her father's dressed as they are. These disguises enable the characters to transgress barriers in social position and class, and, for a time, each of them is successful. With Katherine, he scolds her for her temper and lets her marry a person who he has just met. Is there room, in fact, for interpretations in which both Sly and Katherina escape subjugation? Reading strategies, including an anticipation guide, directed reading and thinking, and a found poem. The reasons for Kate's shrewd behavior as well as her tameness have puzzled Critics and Shakespearean scholars for ages. The interpretive gesture reserved to the director is to decide how completely Kate becomes obedient to Petruchio and if she actually falls in love with him.
Petrucio is a clever man who sees beyond facades because he uses them himself. The following project ideas are largely designed for older students who can engage in these themes, but can also be easily adapted for younger students just being introduced to Shakespeare. During the contest, she is the first to obey her new husband. Not only modern productions of the play, but the text itself suggests that Shakespeare is critical of Petruchio rather than intent on holding him up as a paragon of woman-taming. Her negativity was caused by her younger, more beautiful sister Bianca. The play is also used to create a satire of unacceptable male attitudes in Shakespearian society through themes of kingship, power and supremacy. Likewise, that social construct led Shakespeare to having that construct bleed over into his play, The Taming of the Shrew, where Katherine and Petruchio represent the classic patriarchal household.
He cares for both of his daughters, so the majority of his decisions are based on their welfare. If you look very closely at just one wire in the cage, you cannot see the other wires. Petruchio arrives, accompanied by various suitors and tutors. In Padua they believe that once their daughters are a certain age they should get married to a man that their father approves of. Vincentio is rescued by the real Lucentio who shocks everyone with the news he and Bianca are married.
The play thus poses the question of whether clothes make the man—that is, whether a person can change his or her role by putting on new clothes. Is she really tamed by Petruchio. Much to Kate's chagrin Petruchio convinces her father that Kate loves him so they will now be married. Before winning Bianca 's heart a devil of a man must marry the older sister Katherine. Both his social status and his knowledge seem to underpin the patriarchal dominance which he intends to assert over Katherina. You may ask students to write this as a full script, a narrative, or just a description of the plot.
Marriage does not merely concern the future bride and groom, but many other people as well, especially parents, who, in a sense, transfer their responsibility for their children onto the new spouses. Later, in the play-within-a-play, Petruchio pretends to be a male counterpart to the shrew, beating and berating his servants and yet treating Kate with exaggerated kindness. As Barton pointed out in the introduction to the play Petruchio tamed Kate with two techniques. Hortensio and Lucentio each wish to woo Bianca and take her as their bride. The shrew was a woman who was out of control, unreasonably angry, and sometimes cruel. Which man, Lucentio or Petruchio, will have the more suitable wife? It seems that he is trying to endow her with all the characteristics of things which might be desirable to him: voicelessness, obedience, usefulness. Petruchio and Kate arrive cold, dirty, tired, and hungry.
The style of the structure is to give the reader an insight to the rest of the story, by creating a context. Shurgot would seem to imply that Shakespeare did not fully develop his characters, and that the play is only entertaining after a director has taken creative license with the stage directions. The Taming of the Shrew at many points is just praising the men in the novel despite their behavior and putting down the women for being anything but perfect. But at its centre is the attempt of one man, Petruchio, to tame the wild Katherina, and turn her into an obedient and doting wife. Kate is, after all, the title character of his play. Changing the Ending The Taming of the Shrew is seen as controversial by some today because of its message about conforming to gender roles, and especially in reference to the roles of women in society.
The old suitor Gremio has found Cambio, a Latin tutor for Bianca. Lucentio, a young gentleman of Verona, arrives accompanied by his servant Tranio. Plot summary, themes, imagery, more. This was the case for all theater, not just Shakespeare's plays. Most of the comedy scenes are shifted from the city to the country and back to the city. However, one of the most intriguing and popular of these analyses is comedy.