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Act 5 Scene 2 of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare For a Modern Audience 'The Taming of the Shrew' involves a rich businessman, Baptista, who has two brothers. He forbids anyone to court his lovely girl, Bianca, until he finds someone to marry his other daughter, Katherina, who's labelled a shrew. The man marries Katherina is Petruchio; that treats her cruelly until she tickles and agrees with him. In the time the play was written, the role of women in life was different. Today, we understand that men and women should be viewed as equals. In act 5 scene 2 of the play, this is not seen. In Padua, girls were seen as possessions of men among with other things such as the man's horse or house. It was a woman's duty to obey her husband because Kate didn't, she's seen by the male personalities as unnatural which is evidence of evil. With a contemporary audience, this role of women will cause some people, particularly the girls, to feel insulted or uncomfortable. From the play, if Kate is dressed in antique garments then her addresses will be taken seriously, but when Kate is dressed in contemporary designer clothes with sunglasses and perhaps a cell telephone, then the viewer will presume she is being sarcastic in her speech. A whole lot of what the viewer thinks will also depend upon the other characters' reactions to what Kate says. They could be shocked and amazed at what she says or they could see it like a big joke. I will explain how I would direct a part of act 5 scene two to a modern audience. That is where the majority of the primary characters are together and Petruchio shows the rest of the men that he has tamed Kate. All the guys have...