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William Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew

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Introduction

"The Taming of the Shrew" is a play that shocked and entertained audiences in the Elizabethian era. The play was scripted by William Shakespeare, perhaps the most gifted writer that era had witnessed. William Shakespeare finalised the play in 1589 and it was thought to be one of his first plays. The position woman had and played in the Elizabethan era was cruel and bitter. Woman had no rights in literally anything; hence they were regarded as totally inferior to men. They were forced to stay at home to clean the home, cook the food, and bear children. If they had servants they would just lend a hand. Girls weren't permitted to attend school; subsequently they stayed at home entertaining themselves or helping their mothers ease their daily chores. "The Taming of the Shrew" is a Shakespeare classic, which addresses the rights woman had. The play is about two contrasting daughters, on their individual paths to marriage. "Bianca", the younger of the two, is compared to an angel by many, whilst in contrast "Katharina" is portrayed as a "shrew". "Bianca" yearns to marry, but only can, once her intractable sibling "Katharina" agrees to. ...read more.

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In act two, scene two, Shakespeare write the stage direction "she strikes him". This act of violence will illustrate to the audience viewing the play, all of Katharina's gradual frustration has built up and now she can't cope with anymore so she resorts to violence, portraying that Petruchio is winning the battle as his psychological warfare is getting to her. Katharina's break in character is also depicted. For Shakespeare to convey the Katharina's vehemence, he intensifies the force of the argument by exploiting sharp alliteration in there arguments. "What is your crest? A coxcomb" she depicts her anger to the audience by insulting him. Shakespeare also utilizes hard alliteration of the "c" sounds, words such as "crest", "comb less", "cock" "crow" and "craven" are repeatedly used in the same sentences, there all harsh sounds, there are no affectionate sounds with "s" as there is no love between the two characters at this point. Petruchio uses similes to derisively depict Katharina during his continued war of words with her in act two scenes two. He describes her as "Sweet as spring-time flowers" to praise her appearance, and conveys that her outer appearance is also imperative to him, "Kate like the hazel-twig". ...read more.

Conclusion

An Elizabethan audience would be bewildered by Katharina's character as it wasn't something they'd witness before as men had total domination and respect in there era. They would approve the affliction she receives by Petruchio as he "tames" her and would be pleased with Katharina's dramatic change in character at the end of the play. An Elizabethan audience is more likely to believe she has completely converted as a person and is speaking from her heart when she delivers her speech, this is because in there era it would have been more believable for a woman to praise her husband even to Katharina's extent rather then cursing and fighting with them. However a modern audience wouldn't be fooled so easily and is more likely to believe she is faking her speech. They would believe that she only said what she stated in her speech as she's simply given up and she can't don't anything else but conduct herself in the way which is expected of her by everyone. This attitude would be conveyed as in modern society where males and females are considered equal, contrasting previous beliefs undoubted by an Elizabethan audience that females are inferior to males. ...read more.

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