‘Baptista Minola has two daughters that he wants to find husbands for. His younger daughter, Bianca, is sweet and quiet. There are many men who want to marry her. His older daughter, Katharina, is known for being wild and angry, and Baptista is worried no one will marry her. However, Baptista announces that Bianca cannot get married until Katharina gets married.’

I really enjoyed this play.

I am glad I finally read this play. I actually chose it because of its relation to the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. I absolutely loved seeing how they had adapted this play and I found it so much easier to get immersed in this play because I knew the story.

As a is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, it focuses on romantic relationships as they develop. Many of Shakespeare’s comedies finish at the celebrations and gatherings at the end of the play. In this play Shakespeare takes the reader past the celebrations and shows the reader a glimpse of the characters future lives.

Although the overall tone of this play is light, there is a more serious tone woven into the story as the play explored social issues such as the social roles of women and their roles in a marriage.

The play takes place in a city-state of Padua. It is never stated when this play is taking place but as Padua was a prominent place during the Italian Renaissance, it is assumed that it when this play was set.

I understand that many people find Shakespeare’s works overwhelming, I at times feel the same way. That is why I was surprised by how easier it was for me reading this play as opposed to some of his other works.

If you are looking for a funny, quirky play to help you dip your toe in the waters of Shakespeare’s work, The Taming Of The Shrew may be just what you are looking for.

The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is one play that should not be missed.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker