Today I am combining roses in literature with #ShakespeareSunday the theme for today is Love & Controversy!
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
I chose ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ because of it’s controversy of how women were expected to behave. Some scholars even believe that in this play Shakespeare was actually championing women’s rights.
The play begins with several men wooing the beautiful Bianca, the daughter of a rich merchant Baptista. However, he will not allow his youngest daughter to marry until his eldest daughter Katherine with a sharp tongue, and aggressive behaviour is married off first. Petruccio comes along rising to the challenge to ‘Tame the Shrew’.
In the end it is not the meek and beautiful Bianca who bows to her husbands bidding but the transformed Katherine.
Click HERE to read a wonderful article featured some time ago in The Guardian where several people including actors read the play very differently.
Petruccio meets Katherine
This clip was taken from an American TV Series Moonlighting staring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. It is a fun version of the meeting of Petruccio with Katherine and throws in a few parodies from other movies.
Katherine’s Final Speech
This is Katherin’e final speech taken from the movie staring Elizabeth Taylor as a very convincing Katherine and Richard Burton as Petruccio.
‘I am asham’d that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway,
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.’
I really enjoy Shakespeare Sunday and I am finding a great love for the works of this wonderful classical author. Thank you for stopping by hope you enjoy these post too.