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What are some other works that are similar to Taming of the Shrew?

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Posted February 15, 2012 at 5:45 AM via web

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What are some other works that are similar to Taming of the Shrew?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM (Answer #1)

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WIlliam Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is similar to different works in different respects.

Considered in relationship to Shakespeare's other plays, The Taming of the Shrew is most closely related to the other romantic comedies, including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Love's Labour's Lost,
As You Like It, All's Well That Ends Well, and Twelfth Night.

If you are interested in earlier works that have a similar plot structure, involving disguises, mistaken identity, class and gender identity bending, subplots, and happy romantic resolutions, the basic source is Menander's New Comedy, as mediated through the Latin  tradition of Plautus and Terrence.

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