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The Taming of the Shrew - Which was your favouriteact of the play? Why?

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Claire Key Which was your favourite act of the play? Why? Taming of the Shrew is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare's greatest pieces of work. Within this play there is an induction and five other acts to accompany it. The acts within the play are all widely different in terms of style and of the content. Act 1 is the exposition where everything is set up, where many of the characters are introduced and aspects of them are clearly seen like Katherine and her explosive character, Act 2 is Development where things are taken further and plots are introduced to the fray, Act 3 is the climax of the play where the plots come to a head, this is also where twists and turns could appear, Act 4 is the complication where things could get complicated, like the fake Vincentio and the real Vincentio appearing in Padua and finally Act 5 is the denouement of the play where everything is rounded up and all the truths are exposed. ...read more.

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out of the town armoury, with a broken hilt, and chapless; with two broken points; his horse hipped-with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no kindred" (pg 225-226 line 41-47) Act IV begins by starting the taming process. Petruchio leaves Katherine outside the house in the rain and cold while he sits down pretending he has forgotten about her until she starts to knock on the door repeatedly. The next few days in Petruchio's household are the continuation of the taming process by keeping Katherine from eating or sleeping, pretending that he loves her so much he cannot allow her to eat his inferior food or sleep in his poorly made bed. "Tis burnt, and so is all the meat." While studying the Taming of The Shrew I have watched two film productions, read the book, and also viewed a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford, this has allowed me to gain lots of viewpoints about the play and how they all complement each other. ...read more.

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He introduces a tailor and a haberdasher who both present the most stylish of clothing, which Katherine loves immediately, however Petruchio realising this, disapproves of everything saying it is not fit for her and is poorly made. He starts ruining the clothes and ordering the men to leave. Katherine however picks up a hat and puts it on and she wants it so much, "All gentle women on the streets wear such a beautiful piece of clothing" However immediately Petruchio replies "When you are gentle, you shall have one too, and not till then." This is obvious without any subtlety. It hits you in the face and points out to Katherine what Petruchio is trying to do. However amongst all the humour and action surrounding the Act at the moment there comes a point in the Act where all of this seems to disappear. All of scene IV is rather lifeless and fails to entertain the audience as previous scenes had. It becomes more serious and I think rather loses the attention of the audience and distracts their attention away from the play. ...read more.

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