The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare


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Shakespeare’s controversial comedy about a man’s quest to break the will of his headstrong wife.

Whether this tale is motivated by misogyny, or is simply a satirical critique of men’s treatment of women is a matter up for much debate. Regardless of its potentially polarizing intentions, The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare’s most intriguing comedies. Framed as a play within a play, it tells the story of the assertive Katherina’s marriage to Petruchio, who resorts to all sorts of psychological abuse in order to force her to be a traditional obedient wife.

The inspiration for the Broadway play Kiss Me, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew is a fascinating glimpse into the sexual politics of the Elizabethan era.


William Shakespeare:
William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist in the English language. Shakespeare is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”