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The play The Taming of the Shrew is essentially a comedy, and yet more serious questions about gender issues overshadow its comic features. Comment.

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´╗┐The play The Taming of the Shrew is essentially a comedy, and yet more serious questions about gender issues overshadow its comic features. Comment. In the Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare creates a troubling comedy that explores Elizabethan issues of gender. Although it is apparent that Shakespeare?s vast use of humour throughout the first 3 acts helps bring out several subtle concepts such as ?things are not always as they seem?, multiple questions regarding gender come across more prominently and significantly as the main plot is derived from such gender issues such as what is the ideal behaviour of a woman through the theme of feminism; are females expected to subject to male dominance through the theme of patriarchy as well as which gender holds the most power in the ?battle of the sexes?. ...read more.


By creating false realities here, Shakespeare is able to employ situational humour to humour readers as they ridicule Christopher Sly for his foolishness and naivety. Moving on to the main plot, most of the plays humour again comes from the way in which characters create false realities by disguising themselves as other people. Almost all characters in the play take on identities other than their own at some point of time during the play for example, Tranio as Lucentio, Lucention as Cambio and Hortensio as Litio. Moreover, it situational humour can be most indubitably identified by Petruchio?s attire in the scene of his wedding ? 3.2.41-47) Biondello describes Petruchio?s appearance to Baptista as he says that Petruchio comes wearing: ?New hat and an old jerkin; a pair of ...read more.


He does this using the soliloquy, in which Petruchio states the method he will use in order to woo Katherina: ?And woo her with some spirit when she comes! Say that she rail, why then I?ll tell her plain She sings as sweetly as a nightingale. Say that she frown, I?ll say she looks as clear As morning roses newly wash?d with dew.? (2.1.168-172) This soliloquy serves to reinforce the fact that ?things are not always as they seem?, so we find that the relationship between Petruchio and Katherina even more amusing, as we can see that it is merely an elaborate game of chess, instigated by Petruchio to ?capture? Katherina. This scene is very significant as it makea use of the creation of false realities and mistaken identities, to manipulate the audience?s perception of Petruchio that brings entertainment. ...read more.

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