This is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, and it shares many essential characteristics with his other romantic comedies. These characteristics include lighthearted and slapstick humor, disguises and deception, and a happy ending in which most of the characters come out satisfied. The lightheartedness of these romantic comedies contrasts sharply with the darker humor and deeper characterization of Shakespeare’s later plays, both comic and tragic. The youthfulness of the playwright can be seen in the whimsical spirit of the early plays. Like the other romantic comedies, 'The Taming of the Shrew' focuses on courtship and marriage, but, unlike most of them, it devotes a great deal of attention to married life after the wedding." -- "Taming of the Shrew,"