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With close reference to Kate(TM)s final speech, discuss Shakespeare(TM)s treatment of women in The Taming of the Shrew

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With close reference to Kate's final speech, discuss Shakespeare's treatment of women in "The Taming of the Shrew" In this essay I will thoroughly discuss the treatment of women in the film "The Taming of the Shrew". I would have to say that my first impression of women in this film was that they where treated very harshly compared to men, they where treated like men's possessions; like slaves basically. They would have no money and also they were not allowed to decide who they wanted to marry, it was their father's decision. Compared to men, they where the superior people. They ordered women and treated them like slaves. However, after a close analysis of Kate's final speech my opinions changed dramatically towards the treatment of women in "The Taming of the shrew". I think this because Kate in her final speech changes vividly as she lectures all the women how to treat their husbands. I will go through thorough analysis of Kate's final speech later in this essay. In Elizabethan times, men were considered to be the leaders and women their inferiors. Women were also regarded as "the weaker sex", not just in terms of physical strength, but emotionally too. Furthermore, it was understood that women always needed someone to look after them. For example, if a woman was married then her husband would be excepted to look after her but if she was single, then her father or brother was expected to take care of her. ...read more.

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Each man lists his wealth and titles, and the man with the most money gets to marry Bianca. However, I think that Shakespeare was pointing out that such poor treatment of women is a bad thing, because he portrays Baptista, Gremio and even Tranio as being selfish or callous. He also makes reference to the fact that a man must win a woman's love, rather than just her dowry, in order to have a true marriage. Therefore, Shakespeare is portraying women in a positive light by criticizing their poor treatment. On the same note, Shakespeare portrays women in a positive light by showing how a women can change another woman's mind into making her respect her husband. For example, in Act 3 Scene 5, Kate speaks up for herself, and for women everywhere, saying that she has a voice. I think this show women in a positive manner because Kate gives a long speech advocating the loyalty of wives to their husbands. When the three new husbands stage a contest to see which of their wives will obey first when summoned, everyone expects Lucentio to win. Bianca, however, sends a message back refusing to obey, while Katherina comes immediately. So this shows that Kate had accepted the society view of how a woman should behave, and that she had also changed dramatically from being a "Shrew" to a patient, gentle and quiet person. ...read more.

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I think this because she clearly informs and explains to the women that they should always obey and respect their husbands no matter what happens. She also gives the impression that they should be "slaves" for their husbands. However, was Kate playing the same game as Petruchio? I want to conclude by saying that after close analysis of the play, I think that Shakespeare is not nor feminist or male chauvinist, however, I think he is somewhere in between. I think this because in some parts of the play he was with and sometimes against the mistreatment of women. For example, in Act 1 Scene 1, Lucentio calls Baptista a "cruel father" for not letting Bianca marry. This is one example that shows Shakespeare is against the mistreatment of women. This is because Lucentio doesn't agree with the way Baptista wants his daughters to be married as Baptista declares that Bianca will only get married when her elder sister gets married. However, one example showing Shakespeare with the mistreatment of women would be in Act 1 Scene 2, Petruchio explains that he's only in Padua to find a wealthy wife. He doesn't care what she's like, or who she is, as long as she has money. This shows us that men only wanted women for their wealth but not for their personality. This also gives us the impression that when men marry a wealthy women they would not really take care of her, they would only care about the money. This also hints out that women were treated as slaves. ?? ?? ?? ?? AbdulRahman Odeh 1 ...read more.

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