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The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew Translation Table of Contents

Now you can read The Taming of the Shrew alongside a modern translation that anyone can understand. Use the translation to enrich your understanding of Shakespeare's original and avoid getting bogged down in archaic language.

Induction, Scene 1

Sly is drunk and kicked out of an inn. A lord comes along, finds Sly sleeping, and decides to play a practical joke.

Induction, Scene 2

Sly wakes up in the lord's house and is told that he is the lord. Actors are going to perform a play for him.

Act 1, Scene 1

Lucentio sees Bianca and instantly falls in love with her. Lucentio, with Tranio's help, plans to woo her.

Act 1, Scene 2

Petruchio is trying to find a rich wife. Lucentio pretends to be a music teacher, and Tranio a suitor for Bianca.

Act 2, Scene 1

Katherine shows her foul temper. Petruchio comes to marry Katherine and deliberately winds her up.

Act 3, Scene 1

Hortensio and Lucentio, disguised as teachers, both try to get Bianca alone to woo her. Lucentio reveals his identity.

Act 3, Scene 2

Katherine and Petruchio get married, but Petruchio turns up late and poorly dressed, and then brings Kate to his house.

Act 4, Scene 1

Petruchio has been deliberately annoying, and deprives Katherine of food and sleep to "train" her like a hunting bird.

Act 4, Scene 2

Hortensio gives up on wooing Bianca. Tranio and Lucentio plan to use a merchant to stand in for Lucentio's father.

Act 4, Scene 3

Petruchio continues to deprive Katherine of food, and teases her with clothes, demanding that she is obedient to him.

Act 4, Scene 4

The Merchant pretends to be Lucentio's father, allowing Tranio (dressed as Lucentio) to arrange a marriage with Bianca.

Act 4, Scene 5

Petruchio breaks Katherine with exhaustion and she starts agreeing with him. They meet Lucentio's father on the road.

Act 5, Scene 1

Vincentio confuses Tranio and Lucentio's plan. Lucentio marries Bianca and begs his father for forgiveness.

Act 5, Scene 2

The newlywed men place bets on which wife will be the most obedient. Petruchio wins as Katherine follows his orders.
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About the Translator: Matt Cosby
Matt Cosby graduated from Amherst College in 2011, and currently works as a writer and editor for LitCharts. He is from Florida but now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also makes art, plays the piano, and goes to dog parks.