English 10 H-D
30 November 2012
As an Elizabethan Shrew, What was Katharina to do?
The beliefs and morals of a time period can shape that values that people possess. Due to the fact that as a part of society, individuals may have to go against what they may believe in and follow what they are told. Works of literature often explore this concept. The protagonist Katharina Minola in The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare is simply a product of the Elizabethan Era patriarchal society due to her conformity to society and the change of her views through out the play.
Women during the Elizabethan Period were conflicted in whether they should follow what was required of them or follow their own values. During the Elizabethan Period, women were seen as inferior to men .Men dominated the home while women were forced to submitted or face the consequences (Elizabethan Women). Women of all classes were required to obey their husbands without questions and women of this era also had to bring a dowry, the amount of money and property that they had at the time of their marriage (Elizabethan Women). “And for that dowry, I'll assure her of Her widowhood, be it that she survive me, In all my lands and leases whatsoever. Let specialties be therefore drawn between us, That covenants may be kept on either hand.” (II.i.126-130). Petruchio is committed to marry Katharina primarily, because of her wealth and also because it was what was valued at the time. Since the Elizabethan Era was very patriarchal women had very few rights and inevitably, turned to the demands that were required of them. Katharina on her wedding day, fear that she would end up being an old maid and because most women were wives and at this time, women her age were already married with children. Since growing old alone was feared at the time any efforts possible were be in order to ensure a future significant other. The role of women during the Elizabethan...