“The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare in Brief Content

“The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare in Brief Content

Mednyk Christopher Sly falls asleep drunken sleep at the threshold of the inn. The lord rejoins with the huntsmen and servants and, finding the sleeper, decides to play a joke with him. His servants include Sli in a luxurious bed, washed in fragrant water, dress in an expensive dress. When Sly wakes up, he is told that he is a noble lord who was engulfed in insanity and slept for fifteen years, and he dreamed that he was a coppersmith. First, Sly insists that he is a “peddler by birth, a cardholder by education, a bearer by the vicissitudes of fate, and by the present craft – by a copper-worker,” but gradually allows himself to be convinced that he is really an important person and married to a charming lady. The Lord cordially invites a wandering actors’ troupe to his castle, dedicates its members to the drawing plan, and then asks them to play a merry comedy,

Lucentzio, the son of the rich pisan Vincenzio, comes to Padua, where he is going to devote himself to practicing philosophy. His trusted servant, Tranio, believes that with all his devotion to Aristotle, “Ovid can not be neglected.” A rich Padua nobleman of the Baptist appears in the square accompanied by daughters – the eldest, absurd and impudent Catharina, and the youngest – the quiet and meek Bianchi. Here are also two of Bianchi’s fiancees: Hortensio and the young old Grumio. The Baptist announces to them that he will not betray Bianca until he finds

a husband for his eldest daughter. He asks to help find teachers of music and poetry for Bianca, so that the poor woman does not get bored in forced retreat. Hortensio and Grumio decide to temporarily forget about their rivalry in order to find a husband for Katarina. This is not an easy task, because “the devil himself is not cooperating with her, so is malicious” and “with all the wealth of her father no one will agree to marry a witch out of heat.” Lucencio at first sight falls in love with a meek beauty and decides to enter her house under the guise of a teacher. Tranio, in turn, must portray his master and beg to Bianca through her father.

Another nobleman comes to Padua from Verona. This Petruccio is an old friend of Hortensio. He confesses blithely that he came to Padua, “to succeed and marry favorably.” Gortenzio jokingly offers him Katarina – because she is beautiful and a dowry for her will give the rich. Petruccio immediately decides to go in for a match. Warnings of a troubled friend about the bride’s bad temper, her quarrelsome and stubbornness do not touch the young Veronica: “Is not my hearing to the noise accustomed? / Did I not hear the lions of the growls?” Hortensio and Grumio agree to pay Petruccio’s expenses related to matchmaking. All go to the Baptist house. Hortensio asks a friend to introduce him as a music teacher. Gromio is going to recommend as a teacher of poetry disguised as Lucencio, who hypocritically promises to support the matchmaker’s recommendation.

In the Baptist house Catharina finds fault with her whiny sister and even beats her. Appeared in the company of Hortensio and all the others, Petruccio immediately declares that he yearns to see Catharina, who is “clever, modest, friendly, beautiful and famous for her kind hospitality.” He represents Hortensio as a music teacher of Licio, and Groomes recommends Lucenzio as a young scientist named Cambio. Petruccio assures the Baptist that he will win Katarina’s love, because “she is obstinate, but he is also obstinate.” He is not intimidated even by the fact that Katarina broke the lute on the head of the imaginary teacher in response to an innocent remark. At the first meeting with Catharina Petruccio, all her antics are harshly and mockingly… And she gets a slap, which she must endure: a nobleman can not hit a woman. Yet he says: “I was born, to tame you / And make a cat out of a wild cat. “Petruccio goes to Venice for wedding gifts, saying goodbye to Katarina:” Kiss, Ket, without fear of me! “We play a wedding this Sunday!” Grumio and the depicting Lucentio Tranio join the battle for Bianchi’s hand. Baptista decides to give her daughter to the one who will assign her more inheritance after her death. Tranio wins, but Baptista wants the promises to be personally confirmed by Vincenzio, , which is the true master of capital. who will give her a greater inheritance after his death. Tranio wins, but Baptista wants the promises to be personally confirmed by Vincenzio, the father of Lucentio, who is the true master of capital. who will give her a greater inheritance after his death. Tranio wins, but Baptista wants the promises to be personally confirmed by Vincenzio, the father of Lucentio, who is the true master of capital.

Under the jealous gaze of Hortense Lucentio in the image of the scientist Cambio is explained to Bianca in love, allegedly pursuing a lesson in Latin. The girl does not remain indifferent to the lesson. Hortensio tries to explain himself with the help of scales, but his courtship is rejected. On Sunday, Petruccio, with an abusive delay, comes to his wedding. He sits on a worn-out nag, which has more pain than hair in the tail. He is dressed in unimaginable rags, which he never wants to change for decent clothes. During the wedding, he behaves like a savage: he gives a kick to the priest, splashes the wine in the face of the sexton, grabs Katarina by the neck and smacks his lips on the lips. After the ceremony, despite the requests of his father-in-law, Petruccio does not stay at the wedding feast and immediately takes Katarina away, despite her protests, with the words: “Now she is my property: / My house, barn, household utensils,

Groom, servant of Petruccio, is in the suburban home of his master and informs the other servants that the young will be coming. He tells of many unpleasant adventures on the way from Padua: Katharina’s horse stumbled, the poor woman fell into the mud, and her husband, instead of helping her, rushed to shove the servant-the narrator himself. And so zealous, that Katarina had to slap in the mud to pull him away. In the meantime, the horses fled. Appearing in the house, Petruccio continues to be disgraceful: he quibbles at the servants, drops to the floor allegedly burned meat and all the dishes, ravages the cooked bed, so that exhausted by the journey of Katarina remains without dinner and without sleep. In Petruccio’s insane behavior, however, he has his own logic: he likens himself to the falconer who deprives the bird of sleep and food to tame it. ” That’s the way to tame the shrewd temper. / Who knows the best, let him tell you boldly – / And he will do a good deed for everyone. “

In Padua, Hortensio witnesses a tender scene between Bianca and Lucentio. He decides to leave Bianca and marry a rich widow who has long loved him. “From now on, in women, I will begin to appreciate / Not beauty, but a devoted heart.” Servants of Lucentio meet on the street an old teacher from Mantua, who, with the approval of the host, is decided to present Baptista as Vincenzio. They fool the gullible old man, telling him about the war that has begun and the order of the Duke of Padua to execute all the captured Mantuanians. Tranio, pretending to be Lucentio, agrees to “save” the frightened teacher by extraditing him for his father, who must just come to confirm the marriage contract.

Meanwhile, poor Katarina is still not allowed to eat or sleep, and even tease while doing so. Petruccio, with curses, expels the tailor from the house, who brought the dress that Katarina liked extraordinarily. The same happens with a haberdasher who brought a fashionable hat. Slowly Petruccio tells the artisans that they will be paid for everything. Finally the young, accompanied by their guest Hortensio, go to Padua to visit the Baptiste. On the way, Petruccio continues to pick and choose: he then pronounces the sun with the moon and makes his wife confirm his words, threatening otherwise to return home at once, then says that the elder met with them on the way is an adorable maiden, and invites Katharine to kiss this “virgin”. The poor man no longer has the strength to resist. The old man is none other than Vincenzio, who is going to Padua to see his son. Petruchcho hugs him,

Petruccio, Katarina, Vincenzio and the servants drive up to the house of Lucentio. The old man offers his brother-in-law to go into the house to drink together, and knocks on the door. From the window a teacher appears, already entered into the taste of the role, and with aplomb drives the “impostor”. It raises incredible commotion. Servants lie the most believable and amusing way. Learning that Tranio pretends to be his son, Vincentio is horrified: he suspects the servant of killing the master and demands that he be imprisoned with his accomplices. Instead, Baptists drag him to prison on demand, as a deceiver. The turmoil ends when the real Lucientio and Bianca appear on the square, who just married secretly. Lucencio arranges a feast, during which Petruccio beats about a hundred crowns with Lucentio and Hortensio, already married to a widow, that his wife is the most obedient of the three. He is laughed at, but the once meek Bianca and the enamored widow refuse to come at the request of their husbands. Only Katarina comes on the first order of Petruccio. The shocked Baptista increases the dowry of Katharina by twenty thousand crowns – “the other daughter is a dowry another!”. On the orders of her husband, Katharina leads obstinate wives and reads to them the instruction: “As a citizen owes to the sovereign, / So the woman is to her husband…” Now I see / That we do not spear a straw – And only our weakness is strong. We do not have to play a role. “


“The Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare in Brief Content