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Taming of the Shrew, The

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  1. a comedy (1594?) by Shakespeare.
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The Taming of the Shrew

A comedy by William Shakespeare. The “shrew” is Katherina, or Kate, a wildly moody woman. She meets her match in the spirited Petruchio, who marries her and behaves even more wildly than she, meanwhile treating her as if she were a kind and gentle lady. By the end of the play, she has been reformed, and she makes a memorable speech urging wives to submit to their husbands.

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The musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate, by Cole Porter, is based on The Taming of the Shrew.
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