In Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew the principal character, the independent and outspoken Kate is faced with the strenuous predicament of dealing with the patriarchal sexism of her society; she is labeled a ‘shrew’ and treated as a second to her sister, who fits the stereotype of the demure and obedient woman of the Elizabethan era. Throughout the play Kate is objectified in many manners by the male characters of the play. While Petruchio is not characterized as a violent man, he still embodies the stereotypical sexism of men of the era, and while he does not use force to attempt to tame Kate, his rude comments and sly insults represent the patriarchal sexism of the Elizabethan society. Kate is constantly referred to as a shrew, a derogatory term referring to a disobedient wife. Someone being a ‘shrew’ is a completely objective opinion, and had men not been the dominators of society, she may have been treated better, which most likely would have lead to her being less abrasive. The objectification of Kate is not only carried out by Petruchio. Gremio remarks that he “[plays] a merchant’s part/And venture madly on a desperate mart,” (2.1.345-346) showing that he thinks of Kate as not a human being, but an object that he made an investment in. What intensifies Kate’s predicament is the seemingly ‘perfect’ personality of her sister. Similar to the bible story of Leah and Rachel, Bianca outshines Kate in many ways, which may be a reason for Kate’s hostility and anger. I believe that the basis of the relationship between Kate and Bianca must have been derived from the classic bible tale of the sisters Leah and Rachel, in which a similar event happened with one having to marry of the older, less desirable sister first. Bianca portrayed an ideal woman of the time, and the constant comparisons between the two of them are very hard on Kate. Bianca is known to be a sweet, well-mannered girl, and the suitors constantly following her around are disturbing to Kate,
The Taming of the Shrew: Kate's Soliloquy
Kate's soliloquy bring about a joyous conclusion to The Taming of the
Shrew. The audience leaves the theatre with a pleasant feeling, glad that such
a shrew could be tamed so well. Kate herself realised the error of her ways,
making the men feel confident while making the women feel safe. Moreover, the
audience found the speech to be very sound and sensible, as the views expressed
in the play were extremely popular at that point in time.
AP Language and Composition
23 February 2013
Taming of the Shrew Essay:
In the critical essay “Role-Playing in the Taming of the Shrew”, author Richard Henze argues that William Shakespeare’s play, “The Taming of the Shrew”, begins as part of that jest and as a play, a pretense, within the pretense of Sly 's role as lord” (Henze). Henze also goes on to state, “What Petruchio does during… the taming of Kate is like the Lord with Sly”. As evident in both the induction and….
The Taming of the Shrew: Dramatic Essay
“The Taming of the Shrew” is a play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1590. As the title suggests, the main plot revolves around a bitter young woman named Katherine, who is being pursued by a courtier named Petruchio, a greedy man whose only love is money. Despite Katherine’s disagreeable character, Petruchio aims to win her hand in marriage in order to lay hold of the considerable fortune that is Katherine’s dowry….
The Taming of the Shrew is a performance that raises a number of issues concerning appearance versus reality. The assumption that many characters in the play are persuaded to be what they are not ignores the evident fact that each character chooses the role that they are to play. The culturally constructed hierarchy of power causes the actors to perform certain roles to avoid the constricting norms in society and retain their identities. Despite the ease with which they mask their true selves, the….
In the book Taming of the Shrew appearance versus reality was one of the main themes, especially between Kate the young sharp tongued shrew and Petruchio a clever fortune seeking man who is a minor image of his wife Kate. Whereas Kate is known in the town of Padua as being a mean shrew to everyone, her husband Petruchio however acts one way in front of everyone but acts differently to his wife Kate. For instance starving her and denning her any sleep since they got to his house from their wedding….
Sophie von Rohr
IH English 10
21 April, 2010
Is Kate’s Final Speech Sincere Or Ironic?
The character of Kate in William Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew is an outspoken and stubborn young woman living in Italy during the sixteenth century. Her independence and willful attitude mean that she often has difficulty conforming to social norms and fulfilling society’s expectations of her. Kate is pressured into marrying Petruchio, her only suitor, whose sights are set on her dowry….
discuss the three plots of The Taming of the Shrew. The three plots are the fooling of Sly, the wooing of Bianca, and the wooing of Katharine.
Central Idea: Serving to inform the audience that The Taming of The Shrew has three plots whereas most stories only have one. I also want to better inform the audience of the three main plots.
I. From the "SPT-1113 List of Topics" I chose to discuss the three plots of Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the Shrew.
A. Did you realize that a story….
Three things that are similar
Shakespeare's play “The Taming of the Shrew” demonstrates the themes of transformation, social status and culture; furthermore, these themes are also evident in the movie “10 things I Hate about You”. This prompts readers to consider if these themes affect their lives today, or are just the ramblings of a long dead writer.
In “The Taming of the Shrew most of the characters were changed in some sort of of way, which makes transformation one of the….
In play by William Shakespeare's play “The Taming of the Shrew”, the shrew Katherine had a very bad attitude on life and just about everything else. Bianca wanted to get married. She had all of the men's hearts, Katherine had none. If Katherine got married then Bianca could get married. She really was a shrew who needed to be tamed. No one wanted to marry Katherine until Petruchio arrives in Padua to find a wealthy wife. He….
In the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is perceived to be a “shrew” because of her uncontrolled hostility and impudent behavior. Some believe at the end of the play Petrucchio tamed Katherine. However, she was not tamed. Katherine was rude to her father because he tried to control her life. Katherine so badly wanted to be in charge of her own decisions and for that reason she would not become tame for any man, even her father. Katherine also shows no sign of trying to make ends….