The Taming of the Shrew is an early Shakespeare comedy written in the early 1590s. It shares many characteristics with his other romantic comedies, such as Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, including lighthearted and slapstick humor, disguises and deception, and a happy ending in which most of the characters come out satisfied. But while the tone of the play is light and comic, its exploration of larger social issues such as the proper relation of the sexes in marriage and marriage as an economic institution lends much of the comedy a more serious tone.


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