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"Explore Shakespeare's presentation of women in the following scenes of the Taming of the Shrew: Act II, scene I, Act III, scene I, Act III, scene II, lines 1-26 and lines 183-238, Act IV, scene V, Act V, scene II

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The Taming of the Shrew "Explore Shakespeare's presentation of women in the following scenes of the Taming of the Shrew: ==> Act II, scene I ==> Act III, scene I ==> Act III, scene II, lines 1-26 and lines 183-238 ==> Act IV, scene V ==> Act V, scene II" "The Taming of the Shrew" is a play written by William Shakespeare which comments on the role of Woman in the Renaissance period. Woman were expected to act as a moral support for their husbands whilst running the domestic sphere, and were not expected to voice there opinions or behave in an unsavory manner. If they did, they would be considered a "Shrew". The plot of "the Taming of the Shrew" sees a loud and unwanted "Shrew", Kate (also referred to as Katharina), being wed to a man named Petruchio. Petruchio seemingly just craves the large dowry offered by Kate's father. To ensure that Kate will marry him, Petruchio must tame his wife into obedience, as to discontinue the shrewish behavior. During the play, Shakespeare cleverly incorporates two simultaneous notions to allow the audience to question the role of woman in his play, and to develop their own opinions. The most obvious idea is that Kate, the labeled "Shrew", had her spirit broken by the ruthlessness of Petruchio's taming tactics. ...read more.

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Since Petruchio forces Katharina to agree with him, she starts to "follow his behavior" and is starting to behave as expected. In Act V, scene II, the men all place a wager on which of their wives are the most obedient, and Kate proves herself by coming when Petruchio summons her. She then makes a speech about how wives should obey there husbands. She particularly uses war imagery such as "wound" to show that she has lost the battle, she was tamed by Petruchio. In this speech, Kate also mimics Petruchio's way of speaking, "thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign". By copying Petruchio's way of speak, it shows how she has been made submissive, and starts taking on her husbands voice. In this respect, Shakespeare conveys Kate's submission as true, whilst her spirit brutally broken by Petruchio to make her entirely obedient. Following on with the idea that Kate's submission being true after her will callously broken by Petruchio, Bianca's behavior can be analyzed to truly see the role of woman in Shakespeare's play, "the Taming of the Shrew". From Act II scene I, Bianca is seen as being correct in her manner and behavior, as she says, "I know my duty to my elders". However, Bianca willingly plays along with the social convention of the time as to appear quiet and inarticulate, knowing her duty to her elders. ...read more.

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Kate does what he asks, "Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet", but uses odd wording such as "virgin" to show she is playing along with what he is saying, but in an ironic and false way. She mocks what Petruchio is telling her to do by using odd wording and over indulges the "beauty" of the gentleman. In this sense, Shakespeare creates her to comment on the role of woman at the time - that woman were unjustly and incorrectly expected to be passive and inarticulate. Shakespeare deliberately creates two simultaneous presentations of the roles of woman in his play, "the Taming of the Shrew". The first being the most apparent, where Kate's submission is true and she is brutally broken down by the extent of Petruchio's ruthless measures. Audiences who would agree with the required role of woman in Shakespeare's time would have consented with this idea. However, those challenging the submissive role of woman would see Kate's taming as sarcastic, particularly in her speech at the end of the play. By incorporating both ideas at the same time into his play, Shakespeare cleverly involves the whole audience by creating simultaneous scenarios. Shakespeare presents the role of woman in his play in two different scenarios to appeal to a wide audience range in his play, "The taming of the shrew". . ?? ?? ?? ?? Taming of the Shrew ...read more.

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