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Comedic Elements in The Taming of the Shrew

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Emily Peco

on 24 March 2016

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Transcript of Comedic Elements in The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare uses multiple plot lines in order to have one couple - Kate and Petruchio - struggling with marriage while another - Bianca and Lucentio - are still in the courtship phase.
Marriage becomes a transaction involving the transfer of money. Lucentio wins Bianca’s heart, but he is given permission to marry her only after he is able to convince Baptista that he is fabulously rich. Had Hortensio offered more money, he would have married Bianca, regardless of whether she loved Lucentio.
Romantic Comedy
- when characters are placed in difficult situations, but good fortune is restored in the end
- an inclination to believe that people are motivated by self interest

Example: Unlike almost all comedies, Shrew is cynical about marriage, a cynicism that comes through in its very structure.
- exposes and criticizes foolishness and corruption of an individual or society by using humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule

Example: the way Petruchio treats Kate once the two are married
Double Entendre
Example: The first meeting between Petruchio and Kate.
Who knows not where a wasp does
wear his sting? In his tail.
In his tongue.
Whose tongue?
Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.
What, with my tongue in your tail? nay, come again,
Good Kate; I am a gentleman.
The Taming of the Shrew
. William Shakespeare.

"The Taming of the Shrew Themes." The
Taming of the Shrew Themes. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.

"The Taming of the Shrew, William
Shakespeare, Themes, Motifs & Symbols." SparkNotes. SparkNotes. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.
Comedic Elements in The Taming of the Shrew
Works Cited
- phrase or figure of speech that could have two meanings, that could be understood in
two different ways
By: Emily Peco
- the play focuses on the romantic relationships between men and women as they develop from initial interest into marriage

- unlike other Shakespeare works, The Taming of the Shrew compares the "before" and "after" of marital union
Romantic Comedy continued...
- joke explotting the different possible meanings of a word/there are words that sound alike but have different meanings
Where did you study all this goodly speech?
It is extempore, from my mother-wit.
A witty mother! witless else her son.
Am I not wise?
Yes; keep you warm.
Marry, so I mean, sweet Katharina, in thy bed:
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