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"Katherina and Petruchio's marriage is stronger and more exciting than any other in the play. Though the shrew may be tamed, she is certainly not defeated". Do you agree with this viewof the play?

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"Katherina and Petruchio's marriage is stronger and more exciting than any other in the play. Though the shrew may be tamed, she is certainly not defeated". Do you agree with this view of the play? In 'Taming of the Shrew', Shakespeare is stressing whether marriages that have been arranged by parents are deemed to fall apart or make a marriage stronger as time goes on. Shakespeare also contends with the flaws in the dealings of marriage. Shakespeare puts an emphasis on the errors in the marriages set up by parents, which are often set up for their personal gain. Relationships in Shakespeare's time differed from ours today. In Shakespeare's time weddings were arranged by the parents, and often occurred when a reasonable amount of money was offered for a woman, also known as dowry as well of this a good parenthood and family name was important. The father's views on a suitor were also very important but not the feelings of the women that were being given away. This issue that this play covers is what brings the play into modern day terms, in some countries in the world this is still the way that marriage is arranged. Islamic views on marriage are consistent with the views of the characters in 'Taming of the Shrew'. This view can bring up the views and rights of women in all countries. 'Taming of the Shrew' offers a look into different relationships. This is accomplished through many detailed exchanges of comments between father and daughters, as well as lovers. ...read more.

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Wasps do not die after their sting has been taken but bees do. Katherina is the wasp and Petruchio is the man that will pluck her sting out and therefore tame her. This scene is where the taming starts but not only the taming of Katherina but of Petruchio too. Petruchio in this scene is been put through a kind of test by Katherina. Katherina is shown to be interested in Petruchio because with every other suitor has been banished straight away. She has entered into an intellectual conversation with Petruchio and is seen to be winning. Petruchio makes references to how women are only able to bare children and not to fight. This is reflected in katherina's final speech where she is speaking to the widow about how tender women are. After Katherina and Petruchio are married, Petruchio takes Katherina away from her family saying; 'She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house, my household stuff, my barn, my horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing, and here she stands. Touch her whoever dare!' This shows that Petruchio has fallen in love with her and is willing to protect her. He is saying that she is his and that she is his property. Petruchio comes across as being obsessed with Katherina. Two characters pick up on this, Bianca and Gremio. They say that Petruchio has met his match with Katherina. When Katherina and Petruchio are at his house, Petruchio become very picky over thing. He shouts at the servants and demands better things. ...read more.

Conclusion

This may be due to the fact of Katherina's profound jealousy of Bianca. The second is the unjust quantities of love shared between Katherina and Bianca from Baptista. Katherina has an obviously sad and despairing heart caused by many years of loneliness and loathing. The only way she can express this is to act obnoxiously towards Bianca, for she, in Katherina's eyes is the problem. Baptista is evidently an incredibly obtuse father towards his daughters. A more rational father would love both daughters in proportion. Baptista does not do this. However, Baptista is never hateful towards Katherina; he is just merely civil, similar to that of an acquaintance rather than that of a daughter. The views of marriage and woman's rights have changed a lot since the time of Elizabeth the first. A feminist in the 1960's, Germaine Greer wrote about 'The taming of the shrew' instead of tearing the play to pieces she supports it and even say that 'Kate's speech at the close of the play is the greatest defence of Christian monogamy ever written'. Even though the play has moments of women being ordered around by men, Katherina's and Petruchio's relationship has hints of a change coming. I think that this relationship is going to change to the fact that they will have equal rights in there relationship. I think Shakespeare didn't want us to jump from one extreme to the other; he simply was pointing out the failings, and warned us of the path we were following. The hint of this made it acceptable to feminists. Shakespeare did not write the play to make it acceptable to feminist I think he was forward thinking and I believe that he saw that the way marriage was seen was going to change. ...read more.

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