ENGB32 Chapter Notes -Blood Sport, Bridle, Protestantism

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Published on 11 Oct 2012
School
UTSC
Department
English
Course
ENGB32
Introduction notes
The Taming of the Shrew
- Written in 1592 (or earlier)
- Most controversial (battle between the sexes)
- Consists of two interwoven plots and a frame tale
- Complex structure allows for contrasts and parallels in the development of the play’s
main themes
- Possibility of people chaging their social identities either as a result of choice or of
coercion
- Frame story: Joke on beggar/tinker Christopher sly made to believe he’s a God
- Play’s 1st 2 scenes called inductions
- Play within play (2 plots)
o Main plot Shrew (Katherine) tamed by fortune seeker (Petruccio)
o Secondary plot Bianca pursued by three suitors & elopes w/ one of them
- Sly, Kate, Bianca united by themes of disguise and transformation
- In the play, the changes in social classes are volitional and reversible
- Critics question what is an act and what is real. (Petruccio and Kate)
- Gap in 16th century rural England between poor labourers and wealthy landlords = Huge
- Wool= one of England’s largest exports
o Christopher Sly = cardmaker (makes metal combs used to prepare wool for
spinning)
- Induction reveals the enormous gap in wealth and education
- Events in this story are drawn directly from George Gascoigne’s Supposes (1566) which
itself is an adaption of a work by Ariosto I suppositi
o Distinguished identities, clever servants, and gullible fathers (found in classical
comedy)
- Wealth crucial in this plot
o Suitor’s money comes from trade mostly
- 18th Century actor David Garrick produced a shortened version of the play: Catharine
and Peruchio
o Held stage for nearly 100 years
o Interest in story understandable (both enjoyable and deeply troubling at the same
time)
- Hortensio, Gremio, Lucentio woo Bianca with song and poetry whereas Petruccio woos
Kate by contradicting her every word and taming her
- The language of blood sport permeates both the induction and the Petruccio scenes. The
Lord who picks up Sly has just returned from hunting speaks knowledgeably about the
abilities of each of his hounds and Petruccio repeatedly compares the taming of a wife to
the transformation of a wild hawk into a docile hunting falcon
- Petruccio-Kate plot is based on a folk story about taming a difficult wife
o Variants circulated throughout northern Europe in Shakepeare’s time
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Consists of two interwoven plots and a frame tale. Complex structure allows for contrasts and parallels in the development of the play"s main themes. Possibility of people chaging their social identities either as a result of choice or of coercion. Frame story: joke on beggar/tinker christopher sly made to believe he"s a god. Play within play (2 plots: main plot shrew (katherine) tamed by fortune seeker (petruccio, secondary plot bianca pursued by three suitors & elopes w/ one of them. In the play, the changes in social classes are volitional and reversible. Critics question what is an act and what is real. (petruccio and kate) Sly, kate, bianca united by themes of disguise and transformation. Gap in 16th century rural england between poor labourers and wealthy landlords = huge. Wool= one of england"s largest exports: christopher sly = cardmaker (makes metal combs used to prepare wool for spinning) Induction reveals the enormous gap in wealth and education.

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