Friday, May 6, 2011

The Taming of the Shrew Act 1, Scene 2


another great day of Shakespeare! it's so great to see Sean introduced to these characters. i love it. i am finding that sharing Shakespeare with someone and seeing their discoveries is even more fun that discovering it for myself! i love that when i am finished with this project, i will have so much still to discover for myself and also so much to share with others. awesome! and a good motivator.

act 1, scene 2
Petruchio arrives in Padua with his servant Grumio (not to be confused with the old man Gremio) and goes to visit his friend Hortensio. Petruchio's father has just died, and Petruchio is ready to see the world and perhaps to get married. Hortensio tells him he knows a woman who might be shrewish, but who also has some money and is fair to look at. (see quote below.) Petruchio basically says that he doesn't care so much about the shrewishness, but he does care about the money. as it turns out, Petruchio knows Baptista, Katharina and Bianca's father. Hortensio explains his particular situation with Bianca, and he and Petruchio decide to head off to Baptista's house. Hortensio is planning to disguise himself as a teacher to get closer to Bianca when Gremio and Lucentio (disguised as a teacher) enter. Gremio tells them that he promised to find a teacher for Bianca, and so has found this young man. Hortensio reveals the news about Petruchio and Gremio cannot BELIEVE it. Tranio enters, disguised as Lucentio, and declares his intentions to court Bianca as well. Gremio and Hortensio try to argue him out of it, but he wont be deterred. the three lovers of Bianca all agree to pay for Petruchio's wooing of Katharina, and everyone heads off to Baptista's house.

so wait... Petruchio just wants money? that's it? and probably someone to take care of him?

is there NO ONE who cares about Katharina? no one who is trying to get through her rough exterior? and how the heck did she get to be so sour? what happened to this poor girl?

i don't have anything else particularly interesting to say or ask today, but i hope you are reading along and enjoying this great play!

quote of the day:
'i can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife
with wealth enough, and young and beauteous,
brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman.
her only fault, and that is faults enough,
is that she is intolerable curst
and shrewd, and forward, so beyond all measure
that, were my state far worser than it is,
i would not wed her for a mine of gold.'

for tomorrow: act 2, scene 1

-rebecca mat

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