The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew text guide

The shrew - Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew  The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare

William ShakespeareA prolific writer of plays and poems, Shakespeare became well-known in London around 1592. The theatre his had shares in, The Globe, staged many of his plays from 1598. Read more . . .

Context of The Taming of the Shrew

Elizabethan IShakespeare was born in the 16th century, a century remembered for the English reformation and the ongoing struggle between Catholicism and Protestantism for dominance. Depending on the monarch, the population had to adapt to different rule and practices, or risk their lives. Read more . . .

Dive in to the The Taming of the Shrew text guide

Synopses and commentary - Scene by scene synopsis, commentary and analysis of the entire play.

Characters in the play - Detailed analysis of all the main characters in The Taming of the Shrew and their role in the overall plot.

The Taming of the Shrew Timeline - Helpfully puts history, literary events and Shakespeare's life side by side so you can make sense of events.

Themes and significant ideas - research themes and significant ideas such as the ideas of heaven, hell and judgement.

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