The Taming of the Shrew : The Taming? Of the Shrew?. A Return to the Question of Role-Playing. Who most self-consciously plays a role different from their “real” selves in the Taming ? A) Sly B) The suitors of Bianca, Hortensio and Lucentio C) Bianca D) Petruchio E) Katherine.
Who most self-consciously plays a role different from their “real” selves in the Taming?
B) The suitors of Bianca, Hortensio and Lucentio
A = Completely E = Not at all
How do we know?
Disguises are easily doffed:
-see Hortensio, pp. 55, 75
-see Lucentio, p. 99
In the Katherine/Petruchio plot, Kate and Petruchio do not so much don disguises as play or act out "roles" (e.g., shrew, boor) that are more closely connected to their inner selves.
A = Totally Agree E = Totally Disagree
Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell
Whom thou lov’st best. See thou not dissemble it (p. 36)
A) Classic brainwashing/intervention strategy
- removes her from her home, and deprives her of food & sleep
B) Treats her “illness” with contraries (Galenic medical theory)
-if she ”rail” “She sings as sweetly as a nightingale” (p. 42)
- bars burned meat because he and Kate are choleric (p. 72)
C) Treats her “illness” with likes (Paracelsian medical theory)
- he acts shrewishly, as in beating his servants Kate defends them (pp. 69, 71); “He kills her in her own humor” (p. 72)
D) Advocates anti-materialism
- comes in motley to their wedding
- destroys Kate’s fashionable dress, making them return home in their “honest mean habiliments” (p. 85)
E) All of the above
A) Tamed into being the ideal woman/wife
Two different film versions of the concluding scene:
Which version do you like best?