• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explore Shakespeares presentation of men and women in Taming Of teh Shrew

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Explore Shakespeare's presentation of the relationships between men and women in 'The Taming of the Shrew'. William Shakespeare wrote 'The Taming of the Shrew' in 1593. In the play, Shakespeare explores the relationship between men and women. Shakespeare creates two contrasting marriage plotlines that ironically link with one another. The first is between Katherina and Petruchio, the other Bianca and Lucentio. Using characters, language techniques, such as stichomythia and repartee, also setting Shakespeare presents a multitude of male-female relationships in many, very different, ways. At first reading the play, it appears that Petruchio and Katherina's marriage is simply about gaining riches. In contrast to this relationship, Lucentio and Bianca's appears to be based solely upon true love. When deducing meaning from the text, we begin to understand that Petruchio and Katherina's relationship is far more likely to flourish, as they generally appear to have the same views on many subjects, including marriage. Another relationship explored in the play is between Baptista Minola and his two daughters, Katherina and Bianca. The relationships between all the men and women in the play have one main focus, wealth; Hortensio marries a widow only to gain money, Baptista agrees the marriages of his daughters on ...read more.

Middle

Through Shakespeare developing Katherina and Petruchio's relationship into such detail, elements of Bianca and Lucentio's are ignored and the audience are only informed about the bad aspects of their relationship. In the last scene Petruchio says to Lucentio and Hortensio 'we three are married, but you two are sped', no one can disagree with this as, in the final scene; Petruchio is the only one in a happy relationship. In the opening stages of the play, Bianca represents the stereotypical woman, submissive, polite and meek whom suitors wish to marry. Her behaviour changes greatly along the course of the play, adding to the irony that her character presents. Bianca begins to change her behaviour, her language changes to that of someone assertive, very much like her sisters, and she is turning into a woman that clearly enjoys speaking her own mind. Katherina dislikes her sisters' newfound attitude towards men; she airs this in a conversation between Bianca and the Widow. She calls them 'unable worms', showing how much disrespect she has for these 'new' women because they do not have any respect for their own husbands. ...read more.

Conclusion

The relationships are presented in very different ways throughout the play. The role of Christopher Sly in the induction foreshadows the events to come in the play, and mirrors the actions of Katherina both before and after she is starved into submission by her controlling husband Petruchio. Shakespeare shows that relationships that appear to be faultless, such as Bianca and Lucentio's, do not always work out. Through Katherina and Petruchio we grow to understand how relationships that are not always ideal, work out to be the strongest. Although in the final scene Katherina's speech shows how 'tame' she has become, this speech can be viewed in many different ways; Katherina could be speaking very sardonically or maybe she has just been driven insane by Petruchio's requests. Hortensio shows the position of many suitors in the Elizabethan period. Men clearly just wanted to marry for money, and women were quite happy to accept their proposals. Fathers also wanted their daughters to marry for money, and would not agree to the marriage taking place, unless the suitor had sufficient funds. Baptista shows clear favouritism between his daughters and shows how eager he is to make his eldest daughter marry, in order for him to obtain riches through his youngest daughter. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rebecca Toole ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Play Writes section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Play Writes essays

  1. Explore the different nature of disguise and identity in 'The taming of the shrew.'

    Sly is eventually convinced as soon as he learns he has a beautiful wife. He says, "Am I a lord? And have I such a lady?.. Upon my life, I am a lord indeed." This shows Sly's acceptance of his new identity, and sets up the importance of appearance and identity which is present throughout the play.

  2. Is it possible to stage Katherina's final speech as a suitable closure and/or does ...

    Hartwig continues to point out how Petruchio wishes to tame Kate, ' She is my goods, my chattels. She is my house, my household-stuff, my field, my barn, my horse, my ox, my ass, my anything.' Petruchio brags 'thus I'll curb her mad headstrong humour' in the same manner that a horse is tamed by curbing.

  1. How does Shakespeare present society's treatment of women in "The Taming of The Shrew"?

    Petruchio would like to believe that the change was real, as it was his energies, which caused the apparent change. We are first introduced to Petruchio upon his arrival in Padua, whereby he visits Hortensio, his friend. One of the first impressions Shakespeare gives of Petruchio is one of someone

  2. Animal Imagery in Taming of the Shrew.

    Katherina will put forward an image, such as the buzzard, and Petruchio will top it. There are instances though when Petruchio is forced to change the subject. The dialogue becomes broad, bawdy, and full of quibbles. This allows the audience, through the dialogue, use of animal images, and use of

  1. The Taming of the Shrew - Petruchio and Katherina's relationship.

    of the time, but it certainly seems that Petruchio is solely a heartless rogue. When Petruchio and Katherina first meet, Petruchio does not listen to a word she says as his only goal seems to be to marry her. He neither seems to respects nor listens to what she wants.

  2. With close reference to Kate(TM)s final speech, discuss Shakespeare(TM)s treatment of women in The ...

    The opening lines of Kate's speech inform women to respect their husbands, then she continues by saying "And dart not scornful glances from those eyes, to wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor". Here, Katherina is trying to illustrate to the women that they should not give hateful glances from

  1. How effective are Shakespeare's linguistic choices in conveying the power struggle between Katherine and ...

    He thinks he is man enough to be the one to 'tame the shrew' but by saying this Katherine is telling him he is not. Both characters use face threatening acts to attempt to gain power of the exchange. Petruchio also uses connotation to damage Katherine's face.

  2. How do you respond to Shakespeare's presentation of Katherina in the play? You may ...

    To Katherina he shows only shame, as he says she has, "a devilish spirit." Even when Katherina turns to him, asking if she is accepted as his daughter, Baptista refuses to answer. This clearly shows that Bianca is the favourite daughter in Baptista's eyes and Katherina is simply a nuisance who he has little time for.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work