The Taming of the Shrew

A play by William Shakespeare

By: Eliza Biglete, Diana Cano, Kimberly Reveles, Joseph Hernandez, Armando Chacon, Yoji Smith, and Richard Ross

Plot Analysis

Exposition~The tone of the beginning of the play is a comedy and leads into a more serious tone. Petruchio marries Kate and he carries Kate off to his country house with his servant Grumio.


Rising Action~ Petruchio intends to bully Kate into giving over and he denies her food,sleep, and her new clothes. Kate is tamed.


Climax~.Lucentio marries Bianca.


Falling Action~ .At a feast they wager on who is the most obedient wife.


Resolution~Kate obeys and lectures everyone on the significance of being a wife.


Conflict~Petruchio's attempts to tame Kate. Petruchio is trying to make her more obedient. citation: Bardstage.org By:Linda Alchin

What is the moral of the story?

In the play "The Taming of the Shrew" there are many lessons taught. The main moral

Focused on was a man and a women should have the same equal rights. Back then it was believed that the man was dominant in the relationship however in this play they attempt to treat each other as equals. Although when the husband tried making her more obedient she played compromised.


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~Old English Examples:

  • "I have I not in my time heard Lions roar"
  • "Have I not heard the sea puff'd up with winds Raye like an angry Boar chaffed with sweat"
  • " He'll woo a thousand, point day of marriage"
  • She is my goods my chattles. She is my house"
  • Tush, Tush! Fear boys with bugs?"

figurative language

Hyperbole- ''I cannot tell. But I had as lief takes her downy with this condition to be whipped at the highroads every morning.''

Metaphor- '' Let him that moved you hither remove your hence. I knew you at first. You were a movable.

Puns- The butler says ''Knock sin?Whom should i knock? Is there any man who has refused your worship?

Pun- ''Should be ! Should buzz!'' Petruchio makes a pun about the sound that bees make and buzz as in gossip.

Famous Quotes

  • ''I'll not budge an inch''
  • '' out f the jaws of Death''
  • ''Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges''
  • ''My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing will break.
  • ''There's small choice in rotten apples"
  • "No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en"
  • "We will have rings and things and fine arrays."

The main characters

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Kathrine-Is the title character (the "Shrew") of the play. The eldest and unmarried daughter of Baptista Minola, no man wants anything to do with her because she's got a temper, slaps people around when they make her mad.


Petruchio- Is a wealthy man who is on the look out for a rich wife. When he hears about Katherine Minola, he agrees to marry her even though her reputation as a shrew. You see, Petruchio sees himself as the ultimate shrew taming champion – he even tutors other men on how to get their wives in line. The wives thought it made them look weak.


Lucentio- Is a rich kid who travels to Padua for his education and "see the world." His plans to study and make his family proud are quickly abandoned when he spots Bianca and falls in love with her obedience to her father and her silence. Soon he forgets all about his studies and begins to talk about his burning passion for Bianca. He basically transforms into a giant cliché man!


Bianca- Is the youngest and favorite daughter of Baptista Minola. When we first met her, she is surrounded by her dad, her sister, and a group of suitors that can't wait to get their meet her. Men see her as the ideal 16th-century woman and the opposite of her shrewish sister Katherine Bianca appears to be chaste, obedient, and most importantly, silent. The only obstacle preventing her marriage to the highest bidder is her older sister, who must be married before Bianca is allowed to get married

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where did the play take place?

The setting of the Taming of the shrew is at Padua a city state in Italy prominent renaissanceduring the the time of the setting is unspecific though presumably sometime during the renaissance.