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Shakespeare wrote the first part, but never got around to the second. The moral of these traditional tales had always been, for centuries, that, despite practical male supremacy, the best marriages are those based on a greater degree of equality and mutual respect. Where is the comeuppance? When does Petruchio learn his lesson?
When are the men made the fools, and the balance restored? Not in Shrew.
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Fletcher was a trailblazer, a truly creative writer, and one whose influence on the craft of English drama should not be underestimated. Skip to primary navigation Skip to secondary navigation Skip to main content Skip to primary sidebar.
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As long as there have been plays by Shakespeare, there have been adaptations of his work. In fact, Shakespeare himself is perhaps the greatest practitioner of the adaptive arts, having based almost every single one of his own plays on the previous works of other writers, poets and playwrights. Fletcher wrote his plays with one thing in mind; to entertain, whether provided in high flown rhetoric of love, or farcical romantic entanglements, or in disgracefully decadent and bawdy escapism. Start your free trial today for unlimited access to Britannica.
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