Have you ever read a great classic and come across an unfamiliar word? There are many editions of The Taming of the Shrew. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advance of entrance examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with synonyms and antonyms at the bottom of each page.
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" explores the social dynamics of Elizabethan marriage. As one might expect in a play from this period, marriage is as much about financial negotiations as it is about love, as much about power and obedience as it is about romance. In particular, Petruchio's apparent success in subduing Kate seems to endorse the widely held belief that wives owed absolute obedience to their husbands. In so doing, though, the play raises complex questions about the methods by which such obedience ought to be obtained.
In one of Shakespeare's bawdier comedies, contemporary audiences still take great pleasure in the rapid-fire verbal battles between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, determined to subdue Katharina's legendary temper and win her dowry.
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