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

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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

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The Taming of the Shrew

In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio's seemingly attempts to get Kate to love him makes readers believe that he is a chauvinistic bully but in the end, his strategy which led many to judge is harsh, consists of a caring therapist. In this essay will contain the experiments used by Petruchio to obtain the love and compassion of Kate, the three tests performed by Kate to see if she is loyal to her husband and the conclusion of the play which allows the reader to believe that Petruchio's actions are clever. Firstly, Petruchio's scheme to bend Kate to his will by pretending to act like her concludes in the love of Kate towards him. During the whole play, Petruchio decides to act like Kate, who is sharp tongued and quick tempered, to "tame" the shrew. For instance, when Petruchio and Kate arrive at Petruchio's country house, he demands dinner, and his servants prepare it as quickly as possible. Nevertheless he argues that the meat is burned and not edible and pushes the whole meal off the table. In the meantime, Kate, evidently tired and starving, begs with him to be more tolerant with the servants. Petruchio answers by saying that he demands the best for his new wife. Petruchio's intention was not only to have Kate respect him but also to aggravate Kate and to keep her wanting. Another example would be when a tailor had arranged well-designed and luxurious clothes for their

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Write a Brief Assessment Giving Your Views on the Purpose of the Induction of 'The Taming of The Shrew'.

Write a Brief Assessment Giving Your Views on the Purpose of the Induction of 'The Taming of The Shrew'. There has been much speculation and debate over the necessity and purpose of Shakespeare's Induction to 'The Taming of the Shrew'. The Induction can be interpreted in various ways and a common view is that it is not essential to the play. Indeed, the play alone would suffice without it; as has occurred in various performances of 'The Taming of The Shrew'. Personally, however, I feel that the purpose of the Induction is to frame the play and introduce themes and issues that develop in the play, to the audience. The Induction could be considered quite light and a painless approach to the otherwise darker aspects of the play. In this way perhaps Shakespeare is trying to get the comedy viewpoint of the play through in the Induction to avoid confusion and overall the play itself being taken too seriously. The Induction also starts with a fairly violent and hostile atmosphere, however, there is an underlying theme of merriment similar to that in the play itself. Again this could be there to emphasise the violence that is present in the play but avoid it becoming too sinister. Even in the first scene we meet the Lord who has been hunting, possibly a subtle echo of Petruchio's fortune hunting later on. We also meet Sly, a tinker who is thrown out of the alehouse by the Hostess

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The Taming of the Shrew: In Petruchio's Trash

In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio is one of the main characters and aides in the flow of the plot. He is what some would call the male version of a "gold digger"; someone looking to marry solely for financial gain instead of focusing on what most look for-chemistry (or attraction), morals, overall character, and, most importantly, love. From this piece of information alone, Petruchio's character and beliefs are revealed quite clearly as we are able to infer that he is only looking for one thing. His desire for money is his first priority, whether it comes along with an "angel", or, in this case, a shrew. After learning of Petruchio's mannerism, it should be of no surprise to learn of the lengths he would go to get what he wants. It is easy, in this case, to discover the items that would be found be found in Petruchio's trash. Starting deep down in Petruchio's trash can, one can find an old newspaper ad, specifically a personal ad, for one none other than Petruchio. This personal ad includes the title "Wanted: Rich Woman Ready to Marry". Based on the title, there is no doubt that there weren't many responses to Petruchio's advertisement. This proves the theory that poor Petruchio would go to great lengths to find wealth-although it is a great shame that he should have to go so far as to resort to using a newspaper ad. However, this advertisement was found in a

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How does The Taming of the Shrew show comic tension?

How does Shakespeare create comic tension in the Induction of The Taming of the Shrew? ‘Taming of the Shrew’ is the only known play written by Shakespeare to have an Induction. This Induction was written by Shakespeare to introduce the idea of a play within a play to the audience. The Induction to the play is quite a complex structure; at the start of the induction the audience is introduced to a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly, caught in a fight with the Hostess of what is presumed to be a tavern or alehouse. There is an immediate sense of comedy to the opening of the Induction as the audience is shown Sly cussing the Hostess with foul language, “I’ll pheeze you, in faith”. In return the Hostess threatens to put Sly in a ‘pair of stocks’. This is an example of Shakespeare trying to create comic tension as this drama is clearly commenting on the sexist inequality between both genders during this time. Sly perceives himself as quite noble, stating to the Hostess that he “came in with Richard Conquer”. Being drunk this would probably be discredited as he is clearly trying to exert power over the hostess as she is a woman. Shakespeare has created this argument involving Sly to capture the attention of the audience, the language used by Sly and the Hostess, the swearing and the anger, this causes a lot of tension between the characters and

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The play The Taming of the Shrew is essentially a comedy, and yet more serious questions about gender issues overshadow its comic features. Comment.

The play The Taming of the Shrew is essentially a comedy, and yet more serious questions about gender issues overshadow its comic features. Comment. In the Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare creates a troubling comedy that explores Elizabethan issues of gender. Although it is apparent that Shakespeare’s vast use of humour throughout the first 3 acts helps bring out several subtle concepts such as ‘things are not always as they seem’, multiple questions regarding gender come across more prominently and significantly as the main plot is derived from such gender issues such as what is the ideal behaviour of a woman through the theme of feminism; are females expected to subject to male dominance through the theme of patriarchy as well as which gender holds the most power in the ‘battle of the sexes’. To give a brief introduction on the comedy that Shakespeare has carefully woven through the use humour, it is important to take note as to how he employs various forms of humour such as verbal humour, slap-stick humour, witty banter as well as situational humour. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Cristopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king as he laments “Upon my life, I am a lord indeed, And not a tinker; nor Christopher Sly” (Induction.2.70-71) and orders a play to be performed for him. Interestingly, the play he watches is what

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