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Write your own modernised sonnet from the perspective of one of the characters in ‘Taming of the shrew’.


10 Things I hate about you…

Compare ’10 things I hate about you’ and ‘Taming of the shrew’.

What are 10 things that are similar between the two texts?

What are 10 things that are different between the two texts?



‘Discuss how Petruchio tamed the shrew’.

Use evidence from the film and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Good luck!!


Any pros and cons?

Thus have I politicly begun my reign And ’tis my hope to end successfully.

My falcon now is sharp and passing empty; And till she stoop she must not be full-gorged,

For then she never looks upon her lure. Another way I have to man my haggard,

To make her come and know her keeper’s call, That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites

That bate and beat and will not be obedient. She eat no meat today, nor none shall eat;

Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not; As with the meat, some undeserved fault

I’ll find about the making of the bed; And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,

This way the coverlet, another way the sheets: Ay, and amid this hurly I intend

That all is done in reverend care of her; And in conclusion she shall watch all night:

And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl And with the clamour keep her still awake.

This is a way to kill a wife with kindness; And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor.

He that knows better how to tame a shrew, Now let him speak: ’tis charity to shew.


1. Why would people be in favour of this? Support your answer.

2. Why would people be against this? Support your answer.

3. What would be a neutral position to this statement? Explain your answer.



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.



1. Make a claim for the verses you have just read from Katherina’s mouth.

2. What evidence do you have within the verses that support this?

3. Ask a question related to this claim. Think about what a good question looks/sounds like.



The focus has all been about Katherina and Petruchio. However, Bianca’s voice was hardly heard.

From her perspective, write a diary entry describing how she felt about her ‘shrew’ of a sister!



Dear Year 10,

As you have seen both versions of the play, we have explored the themes of the text and have discussed them in class as well.

We will now look at specific characters. For this activity in particular, I want you to pretend that you are Katherina. Write a letter to Petruchio describing your feelings for him from the beginning right up to the end where you gave that marvellous speech at Bianca’s wedding banquet.

Think about your role as a ‘shrew’. How does that conflict or change over time with Petruchio? I expect at least 400- 500 words. Maybe do this activity on a word document before posting it.

I wish you the very best as you begin this class challenge and if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lots of love,

Miss T



Here are the questions that you asked about love and marriage in ‘Taming of the Shrew’ :

1. Why did Bianca get married to some stranger that she hardly knew?

2. Did they know what love was? What does it mean to them?

3. Why is love so complicated?

4. Did Bianca and Katherina love each other?

5. Why does the Father have to be the one to arrange the marriage?

6. Why do we only see marriage as a physical bond when it is spiritual as well?

7. Where did society go wrong with marriage?

8. How do you think this story would pan out if back then, in marriage, women had more rights?

9. Is love a fancy or a feeling?

10. How can Katherina get married to a man that she doesn’t even love at first?

11. Did the girls have some choice at all?


Congratulations to each and every one of you for coming up with some great questions!




Complete the following task:

Discuss how Katerina’s attitude changed throughout the play.




Hey everyone,

Please complete the following task:

1. Describe the sisterly relationship between Bianca and Katerina? Did they love each other? What is the evidence of this?

2. Was Baptista, their father, a strong influence in their lives? Why/Why not?

3. Why did Baptista make it a rule for his daughters that the older one must be married first before the younger one?