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by William Shakespeare

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Identify and explain an example of humorous misunderstanding or slapstick in Act 1 of Taming of the Shrew.    

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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is a boisterous comedy that uses broad farce to satirize courtship and marriage. The play's plot turns around the antics of various suitors to win the hands in marriage of two very different sisters, Katherine and Bianca Minola. The play is set in Padua, Italy.

One of the main characters in The Taming of the Shrew is Petruchio, a wealthy gentleman from Verona, who decides to win over Katherine at all costs. Petruchio is a domineering man with a short temper. He is often at odds with his servant Grumio, who has a smart mouth and talks back to his master at every opportunity.

Grumio is worried about how the courtship of Petruchio and Katherine is going to go, and tells a friend of Petruchio's that:

GRUMIO: I'll tell you what sir, an she
stand him but a little, he will throw a figure in
her face and so disfigure her with it that she
shall have no more eyes to see withal than a cat.
You know him not, sir.

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