Thursday, October 24, 2013

Favorite Quotes from The Taming of the Shrew

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Taming of the Shrew to get you excited about the Week 2 of my Book Challenge & Giveaway!

One of the aspects I like so much about The Taming of the Shrew is all the witty banter, puns, and play-on-words. There is an abundance of it in the text, and I enjoy deciphering from the puns play-on-words. And the witty banter is just enjoyable to read. This novella will certainty extend your knowledge of vocabulary, your love (or like) of Shakespearian works, and will instill in you a desire for comedic, witty writings (at least it did for me). 

There are, however, many adapted versions of the The Taming of the Shrew that I do not like nor agree with. I only like the original novella by Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. However, on a side note, the movie of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor (Kate) and her husband Tim Burton (Petruchio) was a good adaption of the book, and didn't exaggerate the sexuality or lewd humor (that can be easily exaggerated) from the book.

"He kills her in her own humor." 
-Peter, Servant to Petruchio

"For I am he am born to tame you, Kate; and bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate conformable as other household Kates.

(L to R): The Taming of the Shrew the movie, an illustration of The Taming of the Shrew.

"Say she rail; why, I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew.
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,

and say she uttereth piercing eloquence.

"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labour both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe,
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience,
Too little payment for so great a debt.
. . .
My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
My heart as great, my reason haply more,
To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
But now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband’s foot,
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
            -Kate, (V.ii.140–183)

"What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
(after Katherine does not get the cap and gown she was looking forward to, Petruchio reminds her that outward appearance is not everything)

"Why, there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate."
-Petruchio, said after the speech above by Kate

Have you read The Taming of the Shrew before? What are some of your favorite quotes?

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

1 comment:

  1. Yay! So I already read Seal of God, I'm finishing Biohazard this weekend and I will be starting Blind Man's Bluff next week! Excited to be doing this with you. :)


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