Taming of The Shrew Quotes-

A Shrew To Be Tamed In an Age of Inhibition

A once in a lifetime opportunity for an old tinker, gives him a taste of the rich life.  When Sly is deposited in the Lord of the manors bed, drunk, and convinced, he is indeed, the Lord of the Manor he is invited to watch a play, to make a convenient diversion while the actual Lord gets up to no good.  What is the purpose of this scene?

William Shakespeare had it all figured out.  

Did he pull from his life experiences that so match those of today’s world?  If put into the proper context, nothing changes but the language and the era,  The Taming of the Shrew quotes includes one such line, “let the world slip by” as it has done for these centuries.  This is a simple story realistically, one man craves nothing but riches and pursues the one woman that abhors the thought of marriage, but can give him what he desires.  He doesn’t care about her attitude or personality but is willing to accept her for what she is, entirely for his own benefit of course.

Lucentio, though looking forward to studying, instead this day, he meandered the streets of Italy with the intention of enjoying his education, but found before he had a chance at his first lesson, he fell in love with Bianca.  This changed everything. However, to marry off Katherine the Shrew, Bianca’s unruly, mouthy, rude sister was the order of the day. This woman of ferocious nature and ill-tempered attitude had “neither rhyme nor reason” to hold such an unpleasant disposition.   However, there was one willing to marry her.  Once the deed was done, though no one really had much hope of that happening, then Bianca would be free to marry.  Nevertheless, not to the love of her life, if Baptista, her father had his way, he had other plans.

Despite her initial protests, Katherine the Shrew, is married to Patruchio, a money hungry bachelor.   In The Taming of the Shrew quote “come and kiss me, Kate”, he entices and cajoles, he wants a rich wife nothing more, he now proceeds to tame her without “much ado about nothing”, Patruchio took the attitude, “asses are made to bear – and so are you my dear” in doing so claimed all ownership of his new wife.   had begun, was she a frustrated women, suppressed by her father, was she afraid of becoming a spinster, to conquer this fear, she married Patruchio and succumbed to his orders and needs.  People about her, saw plainly the transformation.  
Turning from a vindictive, sorry site, into a humble obedient woman, appearing to have an agreeable relationship, but everyone knew “the course of true love never did run smooth”.  Even in life, Elizabeth Taylor emphasized that point and played her part well, in the movie, using her great experiences and the inspiration of the Bard.

Most Shakespearean fans know this story well, his words, though portrayed to be fiction, brings to mind more and more the realities and meanings of life today.  The Taming of the Shrew quotes are some of Shakespeare’s most famous, witty and humorous, and many are used on a daily basis.   His sonnets though put to paper in what might seem a foreign tongue to some, remain infamous and many of his famous quotes have moved with the times and are heard in songs of today.

Even children have gained joy from his writings, ‘knock knock, who’s there’ was born with McBeth, one of Shakespeare’s most famous works, and a childhood game played around the world.  Some of life’s most important quotations came from this man’s educated mind and became famous as Shakespeare’s quotes.

Back to the Induction; what was the purpose of introducing Sly’s drunken dilemma into this story?  One version of this indicates Sly takes a lesson from the play and upon returning home deals with his wife, the shrew of his life who drove him to drink in the first place.  Otherwise, he has no significance in the play, though maybe he does, maybe relationships today are preserved because of Sly’s reaction to the play.


Some more favourites:


There's small choice in rotten apples.

Hortensio, scene i

Nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.

Grumio, scene ii




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Old fashions please me best; I am not so nice
To change true rules for odd inventions.

Bianca, scene i

Who woo'd in haste, and means to wed at leisure.

Katharina, scene ii

To me she's married, not unto my clothes.

Petruchio scene iii

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Thereby hangs a tale.

Grumio, scene i

What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?

Petruchio, scene iii

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My cake is dough.

Gremio, scene i

Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow,
And dart not scornful glances from those eyes
To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor:
It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads,
Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds,
And in no sense is meet or amiable.
A woman mov'd is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty;
And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labour both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience;
Too little payment for so great a debt.
Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
And not obedient to his honest will,
What is she but a foul contending rebel
And graceless traitor to her loving lord? —
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.
Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,
Unapt to toll and trouble in the world,
But that our soft conditions and our hearts
Should well agree with our external parts?
Come, come, you froward and unable worms!
My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
My heart as great, my reason haply more,
To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
But now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband's foot:
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready; may it do him ease.

Katharina, scene ii



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