"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, is hilarious and witty. I knew that the musical Kiss Me Kate was based off of this play, but I didn't notice before that the title of the musical is directly taken from a line in Shakespeare's comedy. Not only is this play full of mirth and outrageous puns, but it also addresses some interesting discussion topics.

Topics include:
  • Spousal duties and mutual (or lack of) respect
  • Being true to yourself during courtship as well as after marriage
  • Having complete trust in a spouse, developing a fierce loyalty
  • The roles of father toward single offspring
  • Sharp tails and sharp tongues
  • Motivation for marriage
  • The pre-play introduction involving the drunkard that remains unresolved at the end of the play

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