Study Guide

The Taming of the Shrew Characters

By William Shakespeare

Katherine Minola

Kate is the title character (the "Shrew") of the play. The eldest and unmarried daughter of...

Petruchio

Petruchio is a wealthy bachelor who is on the prowl for a rich wife. When he hears about...

Christopher Sly

Christopher Sly is a drunk and a beggar with a string of menial jobs and an appetite for cheap...

Bianca

Bianca is the youngest and favorite daughter of Baptista Minola. When we first encounter her, she...

Bartholomew

Bart doesn't have many lines but he's an interesting figure. We only ever see him in character in...

Baptista Minola

Baptista is the wheeling and dealing father in search of suitable husbands for his daughters,...

Lucentio

Lucentio is a rich kid who travels to Padua to top off his education and "see the world." His...

Hortensio

Hortensio is Petruchio's best friend and sort of his wingman. (He tells Petruchio about Kate and...

Gremio

Gremio is an old man who actually thinks he has a chance with Bianca. He's referred to as a...

Tranio

Tranio is Lucentio's "trusty" servant. Unlike the other servants, Tranio is smart, loyal, and...

Grumio

Grumio is Petruchio's old servant. He has a tendency to interpret his master's speeches and...

Biondello

Biondello is another one of Lucentio's servants, though he's not as "trusty" or as interesting as...

The Lord

You remember him, right? He's the jerk in the Induction scenes at the beginning of the play...