Introduction Timeline Pictures Author(s) -Shakespeare, William --1564 - 1582: William Shakespeare's Stratford Beginnings --1582 - 1592: William Shakespeare's Marriage, Parenthood and Early Occupation --1592 - 1594: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 1 --1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 2 --1594 - 1611: William Shakespeare's Life In London, part 3 --1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford Timeline of Shakespeare's works The context of The Taming of the Shrew -Social / political context --Marriage in Shakespeare’s day --Attitudes to Italy --Books and printing in the Renaissance --Hawking and falconry -Religious / philosophical context --Patriarchy and attitudes towards women --The faith setting of Shakespeare’s plays ---More on heaven, hell and judgement ---More on the nature of humanity -The theatrical context --Mystery and morality plays --Permanent theatres --Design of theatres --The role of women --The influence of Commedia dell’Arte in The Taming of the Shrew ---More on The lazzi The Taming of the Shrew - Synopses and commentaries -The Taming of the Shrew Induction Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Induction Scene 2 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 1 Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 1 Scene 2 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 2 Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 3 Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 3 Scene 2 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 2 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 3 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 4 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 4 Scene 5 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 5 Scene 1 -The Taming of the Shrew Act 5 Scene 2 Language in The Taming of the Shrew -Dramatic language -Literary or informal language -Linguistic duels - a battle of wits -Blank verse, prose and rhyme -Rhetoric and allusion Characterisation -Katherina -Petruchio -Baptista -Bianca -Lucentio -Tranio -Grumio -Gremio -Hortensio -Minor characters Imagery and symbolism -Animal imagery and falconry -Clothes and clothing -Food, feast and fast Themes in The Taming of the Shrew -Social status – gender roles and class -Marriage in Shakespeare’s day -Family relationships and filial duty -Duplicity and disguise -Illusion, metamorphosis and reality -Education -Speech and silence -Human worth The structure of The Taming of the Shrew -The framing device in The Taming of the Shrew -Main and sub-plots -Comic structures -Geographical structures Critical approaches to The Taming of the Shrew -Feminist criticism -New Historicist Criticism -Textual Criticism -Performances of The Taming of the Shrew Approaching essays and exams -Engaging with the text -What makes a good English exam answer? -How to plan an essay -Sample essay plan -Sample essay questions Further reading and resources -The Taming of the Shrew worksheet downloads
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The Taming of the Shrew text guide
The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare .
A prolific writer of plays and poems, Shakespeare became well-known in London around 1592. The theatre his had shares in, The Globe, staged many of his plays from 1598. Read more . . .
The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare was born in the 16th century, a century remembered for the English reformation and the ongoing struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism for dominance. Depending on the monarch, the population had to adapt to different rule and practices, or risk their lives. Read more . . . Dive in to the
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