Monday, May 9, 2011

The Taming of the Shrew Act 3, Scene 2


yay! Seany's back! we came up with our preliminary guest list for the wedding (300 people? that's not going to happen!) and read our Shakespeare together. it was SO nice to have him to read with again! i can't say enough how much more enjoyable it is to read Shakespeare aloud with someone than it is to sit reading it to myself.  if you or someone you know struggles with Shakespeare, try reading aloud. and this is going to sound crazy, but just go with it... try reading with a southern accent. i'm serious. it's so good.

act 3, scene 2
it is Katherine and Petruchio's wedding day and everyone is assembled, waiting for Petruchio to show up. Kate is feeling pretty foolish and leaves, crying. Biondello comes in announcing the arrival of Petruchio in very strange clothing. Petruchio enters, looking wacky indeed, and demands to see Kate. Baptista tries to get him to change, but he won't do it. she's marrying him, not his clothes! everyone leaves but Tranio and Lucentio, and Tranio reveals their need to find someone to pretend to be Vincentio. Gremio enters, back from the wedding. according to him, it was a circus. Kate behaved just fine, but Petruchio cursed, hit the priest, and laid a huge kiss on Kate in front of everyone. everyone else enters, on their way to the reception. Petruchio announces that he cannot GO to the reception because he has to leave town right away. Kate tells him to do whatever he wants to do, but she is going to stay. Petruchio begs to differ. (see quote below.) he drags her off, and everyone else heads off to the reception, dumbfounded.

nice. i like how Petruchio found Kate, they went to the church, they got married, and Gremio made it all the way back to Lucentio and Tranio in 20 lines of dialogue. oh Shakespeare...

so what is Petruchio trying to do by dressing all crazy? show he doesn't care? which does what? puts him in the position of power? is this all a part of the process of "taming"? how much of this is an act? is this guy a total control freak, or just trying to have a good time, or what? i know that's a lot of questions...

also, i am obsessed with this line that Gremio says: 'Petruchio is Kated". ahahaha. see what he did there? so good.

quote of the day:
'they shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.
obey the bride, you that attend on her.
go to the feast, revel and domineer,
carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves.
but for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
i will be master of what is mine own.
she is my goods, my chattels; she is my house,
my household stuff, my field, my barn,
my horse, my ox, my ass, my anything;
and here she stands, touch her whoever dare.'

for tomorrow: act 4, scene 2

-rebecca may

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