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Taming of Sue, The

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Taming of Sue, The

The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies and is thought to be written between 1590-1592. The plot focuses on the courtship and marriage of Petruchio to Katherine, a willful, stubborn woman. The play shares many characteristics with Shakespeare’s other romantic comedies like slapstick humor, disguises, deception, and a happy ending, but it is unique in that it focuses on what married life is like after the wedding. Marital disputes and the character of the shrew―an ill-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative wife―were often topics in literature at this time as marriages among the upper class were often arranged, and there were few ways to get out of an unhappy marriage. The play remains popular and has become the source of numerous adaptations. The most famous adaptations include the 1967 play featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the musical by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate.