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What are the internal and external conflicts shown in The Taming of the Shrew?

The primary external conflicts in The Taming of the Shrew occur between Katherine and Petruchio, Katherine and Bianca, Katherine and her father, and, to an extent, Lucentio and Baptista. Katherine...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2018 5:39 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast Katharina and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew.

In addition to the other very good answer to this question, it helps to think of Katharina as something of a "proto-feminist" character. Katharina, for example, is often a character who appears to...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 6:30 pm UTC

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Explain the irony in the following quote from The Taming of the Shrew and what type of irony it is. "You will be...

This quote is directed to Lucentio who has disguised himself as “Cambio,” a teacher of Latin, in order to woo Bianca. The irony is that he is now in the best position to woo Bianca as he will be...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2010 9:54 pm UTC

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What was Shakespeare's main purpose in writing The Taming of the Shrew?

Considering how little we know of Shakespeare as an individual, it is impossible to definitively determine what his purpose was in writing The Taming of the Shrew. Seeing as it is a comedy, one of...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 4:45 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, find an example of a pun in the conversation between Pertruchio and Grumio in Act I Scene...

Puns are a form of humorous word play where the individual uses a word which has different meanings to create humor by using one of the meanings of the word in the phrase. The first few...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2015 3:06 pm UTC

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What was the main problem in The Taming of the Shrew and how was it resolved?

The main problem is the conflict between Kate and Petruchio. Petruchio sets out to "tame" Kate who, prior to his arrival, flames every potential suitor to come near her. The question of...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2007 6:13 am UTC

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Does Petruchio love Katharine?

It is difficult for modern Americans to understand the institution of marriage in Elizabethan times. First, Americans are romantic when it comes to love. We believe couples are fated to meet: a...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2009 11:25 pm UTC

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Can you explain some examples of irony in The Taming of the Shrew, please?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote the Elizabethan comedy The Taming of the Shrew in the late sixteenth century. To begin any analysis of the play, the reader must examine the plot within the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 4:10 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, why do you think Petruchio comes to his wedding in old clothes—what message he is sending...

In Act Three, scene two, of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, I believe that Petruchio arrives to his wedding in old clothes for several reasons, all of which center around Kate and her...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011 4:12 pm UTC

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What literary language is featured in Act II, Scene I of The Taming of the Shrew?

Looks to me like the language of hyperbole--exaggeration used for effect. Each of the three characters here uses exaggeration to make or emphasize their points. Kate has literally bound her sister...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2010 12:38 am UTC

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Identify and explain two metaphors in The Taming of the Shrew.   Induction, Scene ii, lines 37-67.

I wonder if you mean similes rather than metaphors? The two are easily confused. I have checked the section that you refer to and cannot find any metaphors, but there are two obvious similes. Let...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2010 6:21 pm UTC

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What type of language does Petruchio use to describe Katherine during his discussion with Baptista  in The Taming of...

Petruchio certainly tries to charm Baptista during his first meeting at the beginning of Act 2, using the overtly flattering language to describe Katherine. Of course, Baptista is not entirely...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 9:53 am UTC

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What purpose does The Taming of the Shrew's Induction serve?  

The Induction with Christopher Sly is in fact the only "Induction" of its type in all of Shakespeare's works. The Induction shows Sly, a beggar, falling asleep. He is tricked by some...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 7:58 am UTC

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Describe the situational irony of Scene 1 in The Taming of the Shrew.

When Situational Irony occurs in theater the audience is expecting the play to progress in one direction, when in fact the story or the situation takes an unexpected turn. Situational Irony deals...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2015 6:14 am UTC

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Why does the Lord in the "Induction" of The Taming of the Shrew play a practical joke on Christopher Sly? Why does...

Mousey is correct in suggesting that part of the purpose of the Induction in The Taming of the Shrew is to set a humorous tone. There is a bit more that can be found in the Induction, however, if...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 8:34 pm UTC

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Kate changes from a shrew to an obedient wife in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Please provide 3 reasons to prove...

We have to keep in mind that the Taming of the Shrew is a play within a play, meaning that Shakespeare is going to pains to actually show us the unreality of a man actually being able to...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2019 3:18 pm UTC

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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, what is Kate saying about a wife's relationship with her husband in the...

In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in Act Three, scene two, Kate still believes that if she has a strong enough will, she will get what she wants. She thinks that only a woman who lack...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2011 11:57 am UTC

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How is  Baptista a poor father?

I'm not sure that Baptista can be characterized as a poor father, but he isn't perfect either. He does his best to find good husbands for both his daughters, trying to insure that each of them will...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2010 1:19 pm UTC

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What reasons does Hortensio give for wanting to marry the widow in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew?

As Hortensio watches Lucentio woo Bianca (with some biased reinforcement from Tranio)—in Act Four, scene two, of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew—the man pretending to be a music teacher to...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2011 2:53 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, how does Tranio convince the pedant to masquerade as Vincentio in act IV, scene II.

The wily servant Tranio—disguised as his master Lucentio—needs to find someone who can masquerade as Lucentio's father, Vincentio. This is all part of his elaborate, convoluted plan to negotiate...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 7:12 am UTC

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Explain the irony in the following quote from The Taming of the Shrew and what type of irony it is. "If she and and I...

This line is delivered from Petruchio to Kate at Kate's house. Petruchio is claiming that Kate has won his love because she loved him so much and that she declared her love through oaths and...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2010 11:29 pm UTC

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What role do the servants play in Act 1, Scene 2 of The Taming of the Shrew?

Grumio, Petruchio's manservant, is the first servant to appear, and his characterisation is in line with the traditional comic master-servant relationship. Grumio fails to understand (or, perhaps,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2008 9:27 am UTC

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How old is Katharina in "The Taming of the Shrew"? What is her  D.O.B, Place of Birth and Religion?

The play doesn't actually tell us how old Katharina is: though we know for certain that she's older than Bianca. She's been played as everything from a young woman (aged around 25) right the way...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2008 8:41 pm UTC

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In Act I Scene 2 of The Taming of the Shrew, find an example of sarcasm spoken by Grumio that indicates that Gremio...

This question is a little tricky; because Grumio's comments are sarcastic, we have to know that Gremio is old in order to recognize Grumio's criticism and puns. Other things point to Gremio's age;...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2017 10:58 am UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the movie 10 Things I...

The first answer you've received covers much of what I would say; however, in the movie, Kate is the victim of a bet--pure and simple. She is "shrewish" because she's been burned before and when...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2007 11:36 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, is Katherine being tamed?

I took a slightly different reading of your question and laughed, yet again, at the possibility that it is Petruchio that has been tamed and not Katherina at all. I agree that Katherina absolutely...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 11:20 am UTC

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What did Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew teach you?

Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, a play within a play, is about a man who wants to control his woman, when his woman has completely different ideas about the arrangement. Shakespeare's...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 5:20 am UTC

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Identify and explain an example of a humorous misunderstanding or slapstick comedy in The Taming of the Shrew.

In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, we see humorous misunderstanding and slapstick in Act II, scene i. Petruchio has been encouraged to woo and wed Katharina, the shrew in the story. He is...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2019 11:41 am UTC

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What information does Katherine hope to gain by tying Bianca's hands and questioning her?

Katherine demands that her younger sister Bianca reveal “Whom thou lovest best.” Katherine insists that she tell the truth and declares that Hortensio is Bianca’s choice. (Hortensio is a close...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 10:37 pm UTC

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What does a modern audience learn about marriages and gender roles in Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew?

I agree with other editors in pointing out that the learning process is not all one-way. It is clear that Kate and Petruchio have found their equal in the other, and that at the end of the play we...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2010 10:51 am UTC

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What earlier evidence did we have that Katharine’s love for her father was a key to her shrewishness  in The Taming...

In The Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is the shrew who needs taming. The question is why she behaves the way she does. My contention is that she sees this kind of outlandish behavior as the only...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 6:09 am UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, why does Bianca change into a "shrew" at the end?

Just to take a simpler route to answer this question all in good fun, I would say that Bianca isn't a shrew at the beginning but becomes one in the end because she is a dynamic character and was...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 12:57 am UTC

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How is Hortensio injured?

In William Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew, Hortensio is Petruchio's best friend and sidekick. Like almost every other man in Padua, Hortensio adores the gorgeous Bianca and fantasizes...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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So mainly this story is about a guy who makes a bet with some other guys about seeing if he can win Katherina over?...

Not at all. The Taming of the Shrew is about relationships--not just Kate and Petruchio's, but also others. Through Kate's resistance, and Petruchio's wild demands, we see our own battles in our...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2007 2:15 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, explain why the quote below is ironic. "And place your hands below your husband's foot:...

This quote is heavily ironic because it is Katharina that utters these lines expressing her desire to do anything to make her husband happy. This quote comes in a long speech of Katharina's that...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2010 7:12 pm UTC

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Comment on theme appearance vs. reality as it applies to the relationship between Petruchio and Kate in The Taming of...

The theme of appearance vs. reality seems to be an omnipresent theme in many of Shakespeare's comedies, and this excellent play is no exception. Of course, in this scene, Act III scene 2, the...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2011 7:31 pm UTC

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List three ways in which Shakespeare continues the theme of appearance vs. reality in Acts I & II in The Taming...

1. In the play's first scene, Christopher Sly, who has passed out from drinking, is tricked into believing that he is actually a nobleman, thus initiating the theme of the disconnect between...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2017 2:11 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, how does Petruchio's first meeting with Baptista set the style of the courtship? What...

Well, Petruchio's tactic, here as elsewhere, is to divorce his words from the real action of the play, just as he does to Kate in the taming scene. Here's his opening line: PET: Pray, have you not...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2009 3:24 am UTC

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Explain the metaphor in Petruchio's soliloquy at the end of Act IV, Scene i.   

You mention certain line numbers in your question, but it would help in future question-asking for you to know that there are different editions of all of Shakespeare's plays, each one edited...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 6:52 pm UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, find an example of a pun in the conversation between Katharina and Hortensio in Act I...

A pun, or a play on words, is where one word is deliberately taken to mean something else and a comic effect is produced as a result. We can see a pun at work in the conversation, or barrage of...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2011 7:07 pm UTC

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Describe the nature of the relationship between servant and master in The Taming of the Shrew.

Interestingly, the way that the relationship between master and servant is presented is somewhat reversed from what we would perhaps expect it to be. The central master-servant relationship in the...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2011 8:02 pm UTC

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How does the title relate to the whole text?  What does it suggest?  Why might the author have chosen it over any...

The title of this play really says it all -- it says exactly what the play is about. It says that the play will be all about how a "shrew" -- an angry, somewhat uppity woman -- gets tamed and put...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 7:42 am UTC

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In The Taming of the Shrew, what quote best illustrates that Katherina's doesn't want to get married?

How about this one? Kate addresses the crowd of wedding guests as she is waiting with them for Petruchio who is intentionally late for their wedding."No shame but mine. I must, forsooth, be...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2008 11:38 pm UTC

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How does Kate earn Petruchio's favor when meeting Vincentio?

When Petruchio and Katherine encounter the traveling Vincentio (Act IV, Scene 5), Petruchio refers to the elderly man as a "gentlewoman" (l. 33) and asks his wife to greet the "fair lovely maid"...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2010 10:47 am UTC

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What are some of Bianca's character traits?

Bianca is beautiful and sought after by many suitors. Probably because of that she has learned to be fairly manipulative with men--including her own father. Clearly she's more than the simpering...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

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In Act I Scene 1 of The Taming of the Shrew, how is Tranio's intelligence and education recognised even though he is...

It is Tranio, let us remember, that seems to try and bring his master down to earth after he has fallen so violently in love with Bianca at first sight. Shakespeare shows that Tranio is more than...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2011 7:45 pm UTC

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Consider Shakespeare's use of The Arabian Nights tale in  The Taming of the Shrew.

In Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew, some similarities may be found by comparing it to The Arabian Nights (also known as The Thousand and One Nights). In Shakespeare's play, Petruchio is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 11:19 am UTC

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How is suspense built in the bet in The Taming of the Shrew?

The bet that Petruchio makes with his friends comes in the final scene of the play, Act V scene 2, and seems to be organised by him to demonstrate his final mastery of Katharina, his wife, and his...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2011 7:50 pm UTC

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What is the difference between the lord and his huntsmens and Sly's language in The Taming of the Shrew?

Good question! Christopher Sly is a commoner, unpolished and drunk to say the least. The Lord and the hunting party that come upon him are more polished, educated, and come from noble blood. In...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2009 9:07 am UTC

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