At a banquet they wager on who has the most obedient wife. Kate becomes a shrew to compensate for the hurt she feels because of her father's favoritism toward Bianca.
Date first performed It is believed that The Taming of the Shrew was first performed between and Some of which depict superficial love, motivation by money and love-at-first-sight. Thus hinting and foreshadowing central concerns that are woven throughout.
For instance, Lucentio occupies the social role of a wealthy young student, Tranio that of a servant, and Bianca and Katherine the roles of upper-class young maidens-in-waiting. The prototype of morality for Shakespeare in this play — as, indeed, in all others — could be based on the popular morality of a peasant family that recognizes the internal moral and practical equality of husband and wife, but gives primacy to the husband.
Both of these texts explore universal themes of gender. These concepts once again prove how false the first impression can be, and that it is necessary to know a person better if you want to have a happy marriage.
The musical Kiss Me Kate starring Howard Keel was also based on the play The Cast and Characters Click the link at the top of the page to access a list of all the cast and characters. And "The Taming of the Shrew" is no exception either.
He yearns for struggle, success, wealth, and meets a worthy opponent — Katherina who, at the end of the play, becomes an ideal wife.