The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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"The Taming of the Shrew is often hard to play to a modern audience but was easy to play to an old audience" Why is this true? explain your answer.

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Most modern audiences understand the cultural divide between us and Shakespeare's audience. The issues around gender were differently voiced then than now. Some of the lines in the play have been viewed as misogynistic by modern critics. Especially troublesome (for modern viewers) is Act Five, scene 2, especially Kate 's closing scene where she speaks of obedience to one's lord and the importance of placing one's hand beneath one's husband's foot. A modern audience squirms at Kate's admonition, and rebels against the very notion of subservience. (Also difficult for a modern audience is the notion of men betting on the obedience of their women). The difficulty in "playing" this play to a modern audience is in the...

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