Themes and Motifs in The Taming of the Shrew
Each page is an annotated list of passages related to the theme or motif.
- What Money Can Buy
- It's a common saying that "money can't buy love," but in Shakespeare's time money was often the single most important consideration in the arranged marriages among gentlefolk.
- In Shakespeare's England boys who didn't learn their lessons were beaten, and servants were beaten to teach them their duty, but it was outrageous for a gentleman to strike his wife. All of this is reflected in Shakespeare's play.