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The Taming on the Shrew

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Introduction

William Shakespere's "The Taming on the Shrew" was written in 1954. During this time Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. The country was heavily Christian, and were well taught and mannered. Due to the way that society was in those times women had little or no authority. Girls who were married belonged to their fathers and they would have "suitors" who were rich men and often a lot older than the girls, come and boast about how much they owned. The girl's father would then come and choose the suitor who offered her the most land and money. He would then give a dowry to him to cover the cost of her well being. Once Girls were married the belonged to their husbands. They then had a little more authority as being the lady of the house, but still they were inferior to men. Women gained no supremacy until around 1920 when they got the vote. Before then society was largely unfair from a woman's point of view, although at the time they may not have though so. Some people in our modern day society would find this play offensive. ...read more.

Middle

She creates a reputation for herself right at the beginning that you learn later in the play she has had most of her life. She seems unwilling to let anything spoil her reputation; it is quite astounding how she manages to keep this up all the way through the production until act 4 scene 5 where Petruchio's scheme to tame Kate begins to work. Up until then everyone has seen Kate as a 'Wicked Witch' but not of the wrinkly kind. Just a Curst froward woman who cannot hold a conversation without making some nasty remark. All the way through the play various people say what they think of her. Hortensio refers to her as a 'Devil' and Tranio - "Stark Mad Wrench." From this it is clear to see she is not really a well liked person. To make it seem worse her sister, Bianca, is what seems to be the most perfect woman ever. She started off with 3 suitors Gremio, Hortensio and Luchentio: Who thought she was fair, virtuous, beautiful and modest. It seems impossible that any woman can be so perfect. However in Elizabethan times it was expected that women were to behave like that. ...read more.

Conclusion

She is no longer a shrewish woman but an obedient gentle woman, who is willing to do anything for her husband. She demonstrates this by saying; "And place you hand below your Husbands foot. In token of which duty, if he please, My hand it ready, may it do him ease." She even refers to her husband as "Lord, life, Keeper, Head and Sovereign." This is also what is says in the bible in Ephesians 5:24. Also she says "A woman oweth great debt to her husband." That means that all married women owe their husbands all their love honour and obedience, because while they work hard all day in dangerous conditions, women stay warm and safe at home. I thing that this entire speech is completely sincere. There appears to be nothing to suggest that she is making a hoax of it all. The only thing that gives you any feeling of doubt as if she is lying is that the miraculous change from a curst shrew to an idyllic Elizabethan woman is too good to be true. I think overall that Kate is tamed. The final speech and her obedience in act 5 scene 2 proves that Petruchio's Scheme actually worked, and that "...Thou really hast tamed a curst shrew!" ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Wright 10 T 6th June 2002 ...read more.

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