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Copy of Taming of The Shrew introduction
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The Taming of the Shrew
Major Players Cont.
Pay Attention To...
Role Exchanges; Disguises
Facial expressions and antics
Verbal Humor Comedy:
Puns (play on words)
Changing identity or
The effect of social roles on
Appearance versus reality
Marriage as an economic institution
The English countryside outside an
alehouse and at the Lord's home
Padua, Italy 1593-1594
Takes place over one to two weeks
Baptista Minola - rich gentleman of Padua;
Father of Katherine and Bianca
Katherine Minola - the shrew
Bianca Minola - youngest daughter; acts innocent
Gremio - foolish old man; suitor to Bianca
Hortensio- suitor to Bianca;disguises himself as
Lucentio: gentleman from Pisa; Falls in love with
Bianca at first sight: disguises himself as a
Tranio- Lucentio's servant; disguises himself as Lucentio
Biondello - Lucentio's other servant
Vincentio- Lucentio;s father from Pisa
Petruchio-gentleman from Verona;agrees to woo
Katherine the shrew
Grumio- Petruchio's servent (often acts as
What rules do you have to follow?
Uses impossible and/or exaggerated situations to achieve a comedic effect.
Meet the Parents?
Drama of light and amusing characteristics, typically with a happy ending
Comedy of humors and farce
Comedy of Humors:
Characters represent specific
types or moods; (blood, phlegm, bile)
Bad tempered/Easy to anger