Did the play had the same ending for us that it had for Shakespeare?
Did the play had the same ending for us that it had for Shakespeare? William Shakespeare was borne in the Renaissance times during Queen Elizabeth reign. During this period the concept of equality between sexes was foreign for most people and the idea of a women being the equal of a man was totally unaccepted. In "The taming of the shrew" this topic is clearly reflected in the storming relationship between Kate and Petrucio. Kate intends to be dominant and strong, but this was considered unnatural by most of the renaissance society. Nowadays, this play is read in a different way. Even though the characters are the same, the times have changed and the way that we look at things has also. Kate's struggling may seem totally natural to us and we may even get to understand her, even though her extreme methods. This play was written as a comedy, and as such, it should have a happy ending. When we get to the last words we imagine that Kate was being totally ironical in her monologue and we feel comfortable with that "happy ending", but, did Shakespeare really meant that when he wrote the play? From the first act Kate is presented to us as a "Shrew". We get to know her by her vocabulary and mostly because of the way she treats the other people, specially her sister and her father. We also know about her from what the other character comment , and the first impression we get is that
What does Shakespeare have to say about the role of women in 'The Taming Of The Shrew' and how does he present these ideas.
WHAT DOES SHAKESPEARE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN 'THE TAMING OF THE SHREW' AND HOW DOES HE PRESENT THESE IDEAS. Shakespeare's depiction of the role of women in The Taming of the Shrew, seems to seek to question the contemporary view of their position as, "I am your wife in obedience", (Induction 2, line 103) by showing that marriage can be a more evenly balanced pact. The Taming of the Shrew is complex as it is a play within a play and both are filled with deception. Shakespeare's ideas about the role of women can be viewed in a number of ways, for whilst he demonstrates that women have a less important role in society - they are seen to be there to serve men - he has made some of the female characters complex, indicating perhaps his own regard towards women, and his appreciation that they can be just as intelligent and quick-witted as men. There are five female characters in the play all of whom, to a greater or lesser degree, contribute to Shakespeare's portrayal of women in society. This is borne out by the action and the language of the first eleven lines of the play, in which the Hostess, keeper of an alehouse is called "a baggage" (Induction 1, line 3) and is treated in a derisory fashion by a tinker, a man of lower social position. Despite her standing, her only remedy to his drunken insults and the damage he has caused is to find "the thirdborough"
At the time Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew the idealistics and attitudes to not only marriage, but also women were of a whole different nature.
At the time Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew the idealistics and attitudes to not only marriage, but also women were of a whole different nature. A woman would have had to be married to someone with the same social status. The man would indeed have to be rich and offer a safe and secure future. Marriage was based around social standings, money, trade and a way to make an alliance. At the time queen Elizabeth was on the thrown and society saw that unless a man owned property he could not vote. This meant that the average man had no vote and a wife would only be another asset to his collection. Elizabethan society saw women not as a partner or friend or an equal on the contrary, a servant, a way of making money, someone to sleep with. An idealistic woman for Elizabethan times would be a woman who would honour obey serve and have dignity. A woman would not work or have a choice or opinion on finances or property or any important matters. At the time to have a wife who would not follow her husband's orders and commands was a disgrace, and an embarrassment, which is the reason Petrucio went so far to tame Kate and prove everyone wrong. A woman had to look after listen to and respect her husband. Women who were considered shrews or to have a scolding tongue, then she was considered to be the wrong material for a wife. Men would never want a woman who dared to undermine her
How does Shakespeare present relationships between men and women in 'The Taming of The Shrew'?
How does Shakespeare present relationships between men and women in 'The Taming of The Shrew'? Shakespeare uses the relationships in the play in order to express his own views of society and the roles of men and women in the Elizabethan era. Through his portrayal of the two genders in the 'the Taming of the Shrew', in particular Petruchio and Katherina, Shakespeare demonstrates the idea that men are too dominant over the female race, and that women should be given a more contributory, and equal role in society. He does not explicitly show this, because it would have been seen as too diverse for 16th Century literature, but he does show parity as an underlying opinion in the play. A common motif in the play is the idea of money and wealth. This was seen as an important factor in life decisions such as marriage, particularly for men characters because, in the Elizabethan era, they owned all of their wife's belongings, riches and earnings, if any. Consequently marrying into wealth had a key part to play in happiness. In 'the Taming of the Shrew', this is apparent through Petruchio, and his marriage to Katherina. In the play, he is challenged to 'tame' her, and agrees to it because she is 'rich enough'. Katherina is referred to as 'shrewd and froward' by the men, and is ridiculed by Hortensio who 'would not wed her for a mine of gold'; Petruchio replies 'thou know'st not
Shakespeare presentation of Katherina in Taming of the Shrew
An explanation of Shakespeare's presentation of the taming of Katherina with reference to Shakespeare's use of form, structure and language. Shakespeare presents the taming of Katherina in a wide variety of ways through different aspects of the text, its language, structure and form. Katherina's tamed nature at the closing of the play can be looked at from various points of views and angles, the various views might involve the decision to accept the fact that Katherina has been tamed by the very masculine Petruchio, while others might lean more to the view that she is putting on an act and manipulating him in order to get what she wants, which is a better life. From all the meanings and connotations that can be gathered and assessed from various aspects of the text, I believe that Katherina is in fact putting on an act and hasn't been tamed by Petruchio. Shakespeare presentation of Katherina's taming is done, through the language that is used in the play. The tone of the language enables the reader or audience to decipher various emotions in the character speech which allows them to understand better, the response that particular character is looking for, such as Petruchio's repetitive use of the word "tush" in one sentence, which shows us his emphasis on the fact that he requires remorse from the audience he is scolding. Katherina's language varies with the structure of
Is it possible to stage Katherina's final speech as a suitable closure and/or does it open up further problems for the audience /actor / director?
Is it possible to stage Katherina's final speech as a suitable closure and/or does it open up further problems for the audience /actor / director? William Shakespeare's comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, centres around the marriage of two sisters: Bianca, considered the epitome of beauty and obedience, and Katherina, the 'shrew' for whom the play is named. Bianca, the younger sister, cannot marry until a husband is found for Katherina. Of course, Katherina's reputation as ' Kate the cursed' makes this rather difficult. Bianca's suitors (Lucentio and Hortensio) find someone to 'tame' Katherina -Petruchio. This sets the stage for many different interpretations of the play for the audience, including the role of Katherina and the impact of her final speech. Unlike Petruchio's character, which was dwelt on when the play was first written, Katherina's character has only recently attracted much critical attention, particularly with the development of feminism. Many modern critics might therefore concentrate on the aspects of gender and class throughout the play, especially those made in Katherina's final speech. Earlier audiences, however, may have had different views, for example many may have commented on how the scene between Christopher Sly and his attendants was not resolved or the issue of Petruchio and his wife-taming tricks towards Bianca. It is therefore advisable to take
10 things I hate about Stereotypical Femininity
0 things I hate about Stereotypical Femininity An all time favourite film is also another compliance of traditional concepts of gender. Femininity. When one hears this word what would generally spring to mind are the commonly assumed images of the classic female beauty - pretty, smiling, stereotypically beautiful and probably covered in pink. For my first and most important of 10 things I hate about stereotypical femininity - Films of today are often positioning viewers to agree to stereotypical constructions of gender, which occurs in the film 10 things I hate about you. Clichéd femininity in this film has been both adhered to and challenged through different characters in the film. My item on the list is that Bianca's character fits the mould of a traditional teenage girl beautifully. She is pretty and adored by all her peers, she is perceived to be almost untouchable as she is described by Michael, a boy at her school of lower social stance as part of the "don't even think about it" group. She is shown to be into the assumed "girly" things as she explains the difference for her love for her Prada backpack, and the like for her sketchers. The character is sweetly spoken. She never uses vile language and still refers to her father cheerfully as "daddy". My number three is that throughout the movie Bianca's attire is always suited to the occasion, and carefully put
Discussion of the use of violence in “The Taming of the Shrew”
Discussion of the use of violence in "The Taming of the Shrew" "The Taming of the Shrew" may not immediately be described as a violent play. However if we look closer we can see that Shakespeare uses violence throughout the play, which can sometimes go unnoticed due to its subtlety. He uses physical, emotional, verbal and psychological forms of violence skilfully depending on the desired effect. Violence is important to the characterisation, plot and humour of the play. The fundamental storyline of the play is violent, enforced by Petruchio's character. Out- Shrewing Katherina is part of Petruchio's taming plan, but the violence that he uses to ensure this is already there in his character, not just formulated for Katherina's taming. We see Petruchio's potential for violence early on in the play when Petruchio "wrings him (Grumio) by the ears" for no other reason than his misunderstanding of the context of the word "knock". This behaviour seems rather extremist, considering the nature of Grumio's fault. From the outset we are presented with the aggressive nature of Petruchio's character. This shows that Shakespeare wanted the audience to see this as a very important part of Petruchio's character. The incident is also very visually humorous due to its slapstick. We see a master and servant relationship, later to be mimicked with Katherina. Petruchio has a need to
Taming of the Shrew - The excerpt that is to be analyzed depicts the first overheated encounter between the two explosive characters. In fact, this is the scene with which the taming process leads off.
The analysis of a fragment from "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare INTRODUCTION "The Taming of the Shrew" is a farcical comedy written by William Shakespeare around 1590 and it seemed the most elaborate play of that time. The main plot is rather simple: Petruchio, "a gentleman of Verona", courts Katherina, the well-to-do Baptista Minola's elder daughter, whose sole "feeble" drawback is that she constantly tortures everyone around her with her inborn maliciousness. Initially, Katherina is a rough unwilling participant in the relationship, but the skillful Petruchio manages to temper her with innumerable psychological torments until she becomes an obedient wife. The excerpt that is to be analyzed depicts the first overheated encounter between the two explosive characters. In fact, this is the scene with which the "taming" process leads off. After having settled a certain agreement with Kate's father regarding his future wedding and dowry, the suitor eventually meets his bride and her tempestuous nature. MAJOR THEMES REFLECTED IN THE EXCERPT As it is easy to infer from the entire dialogue, the main theme is the battle of the sexes with the subsidiary struggle for mastery in marriage. Throughout the whole fierce polemics, one can easily observe that each remark is a stroke for gaining superiority over the other. However, beyond the battle of insults, it's
"No one can do it as well as Shakespeare" is a statement, that while containing obvious bias also holds a measure of truth.
Disclaimer: While I have no control to the extent which you use this work, I ask you to RESPECT MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and NOT DIRECTLY COPY THIS ESSAY. Feel free to use aspects of it in your work or use it as a basis for any work you may need to do, but once again don't plagiarize my work! No one can do it as well as Shakespeare ... "No one can do it as well as Shakespeare" is a statement, that while containing obvious bias also holds a measure of truth. This truth is found in the plain and simple fact, that to this day there has never been another playwright that has held as much lasting influence as William Shakespeare. This can clearly be seen by the fact that his original ideas and plays are still frequently being rehashed in all forms of current-day media including film, television, fiction novels and modern plays. One such modern reinterpretation of a classic Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew, is the recent teen movie, '10 Things I Hate About You' (1999). While '10 Things I Hate About You' isn't a direct reproduction of 'The Taming of the Shrew' it still keeps some fundamental elements found in the original work but also contains many differences designed to help the production fit in better with a modern, teenage, audience. While the majority of the similarities between the two are noticeable and important, they are still quite general and are found in