• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

William Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew

Extracts from this document...

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.

Middle

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Taming of the Shrew section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Taming of the Shrew essays

  1. How does Shakespeare present the female character in the Taming of the Shrew

    have Bianca's hand in marriage till Kate is married off, through teaching the poetry of Ovid's Lucentio announces his love for Bianca, Bianca is obviously intrigued by this bold move. "...I trust you not...take heed he hear use not...despair not..."

  2. What aspects of 'The Taming of the Shrew' identify the play as a comedy?

    however, being a crowd-pleaser, Petruchio is probably playing to the audience (the stage directions show his actions): Out, you rogue!

  1. How is the character of Petruchio presented by Shakespeare in The Taming of the ...

    Have I not in my time heard lions roar? Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds, Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat? Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies? Have I not in a pitched battle heard Loud 'larums, neighing steeds and trumpets' clang?

  2. These ideas can be contrasted and compared between the 1500 Elizabethan time of Shakespeare's ...

    Status may justify Petruchio's significant mentioning of his father, Antonio. Petruchio: 'Petruchio is my name, Antonio's son, a man well known throughout all Italy'. This quote highlights Petruchio's suggestion of his status through the mentioning of his well-known father. After Petruchio has successfully tamed (some argue that she is merely assimilating to what she thinks is her role.

  1. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Katherina and Petruchio's wedding and the preparations for it. ...

    For example when they are deciding the dowry instead of arguing for the most amount Katherina's father can get for her, he takes the first offer that is given, he does this to secure a future for Katherina in case her husband dies, the discussion of the dowry is also

  2. To What Extent is Petruchio a Sympathetic Character?

    "I come to wive it wealthily in Padua." Petruchio implies that he thinks that he is perfectly capable of taming Katherina. "Have I not heard great ordnance in the field, ... And do you tell me of a woman's tongue."

  1. Theatre review - On Thursday 22nd May, I saw a performance of William Shakespeare's ...

    Altogether the set was comparatively simple, but had all the changes they play needed. The lighting for most of the play was moderately bright with foot lights lighting the stage, and several overhead lights as well. The exception was Petruchio's house, which was quite dim to show how different it

  2. Review of the Royal Shakespeare theatre, in Stratford upon Avon - 'Taming of the ...

    In plays such as 'The Prince and the Pauper' what people wear is very important in this play an example of this is when Lucentio swaps cloths with his servant so no one would know who he was. I knew what sort of a role a person played.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work