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Did the play had the same ending for us that it had for Shakespeare?

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Did the play had the same ending for us that it had for Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was borne in the Renaissance times during Queen Elizabeth reign. During this period the concept of equality between sexes was foreign for most people and the idea of a women being the equal of a man was totally unaccepted. In "The taming of the shrew" this topic is clearly reflected in the storming relationship between Kate and Petrucio. Kate intends to be dominant and strong, but this was considered unnatural by most of the renaissance society. Nowadays, this play is read in a different way. Even though the characters are the same, the times have changed and the way that we look at things has also. Kate's struggling may seem totally natural to us and we may even get to understand her, even though her extreme methods. This play was written as a comedy, and as such, it should have a happy ending. ...read more.

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She is looking for freedom of word and of soul, and, although her method are not the best, is the only thing she has. The maintenance of social order is an important issue in the play. The idea that a woman should necessarily be under the father or husband orders is the basis of the "taming" plot, and is a strong influence in the sub-plot of Bianca and her suitors. A traditional justification for the importance of obedience lay in the belief that the universe was structured hierarchically. In an age of potential invasions as was the Renaissance, such as the one from Spain in 1588, and other sources of insecurity, social and family stability was thought to be very important. At the same time, however, Baptista says that Petruchio must have Katherine's love in order to marry her, and the play illustrates a positive way in which social order is disrupted when Lucentio and Tranio swap roles and costumes in order to get Bianca's love. ...read more.

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I am ashamed that women are so simple [foolish] To offer war where they should kneel for peace, Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway, When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. (5.2.148-66) This speech is very controversial. When we reed this nowadays the first thing we think is that she is jus being ironical to Petrucio. Even on the movie we can see that at the end she runs away leaving her husband behind and an open ending for us to conclude. But when we reed the play we can see that this doesn't happen, so this brings to our minds if she is being ironic or that she has really changed to suit her husband needs. May be for Shakespeare this was a happy ending for the play, as the lovers get together and the natural things of order is restored, but for us, is not as it should be. May be that is why we tent to change the end to suit our beliefs and our ages. ...read more.

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