Book Review: The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

That is perhaps the most terrible thing I have ever read. I mean, I knew it would be disparaging of women and archaic in it’s ideas, but seriously! I never imagined that this play would be so entirely anti-feminist; buying and selling women in marriage without one single man ever once asking what the woman wants. All they talked about was price and goods and ownership, as if a marriage was a financial transaction.

These guys seem to have no problem lying to everyone, and concealing their true identities to take advantage of trusted positions.
And they gambled on whether their wives would obey them. Betting on women: NOT cool. Expecting women to obey men: Really NOT cool. Gambling: Also stupid.

Then again, Katherine is a horrible person. She ties up her sister Bianca and then hits her. Katherine is not just an outspoken, independent lady; she’s abusive and evil. She could stand to be taken down a peg or two. I was glad that she suffered later on. She’s a spoiled brat.

Every person in this play is horrible and selfish and cruel, men and women included!

The entire first part of the play was this weird set-up about a poor drunkard who is tricked into thinking he is a wealthy lord, but that entire story line was left hanging with no resolution. What was the point of that? It had nothing to do with the story at all.

I hate everything about this play.

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