With close reference to Kate(TM)s final speech, discuss Shakespeare(TM)s treatment of women in The Taming of the Shrew

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AbdulRahman Odeh

With close reference to Kate’s final speech, discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of women in “The Taming of the Shrew”

In this essay I will thoroughly discuss the treatment of women in the film “The Taming of the Shrew”. I would have to say that my first impression of women in this film was that they where treated very harshly compared to men, they where treated like men’s possessions; like slaves basically. They would have no money and also they were not allowed to decide who they wanted to marry, it was their father’s decision. Compared to men, they where the superior people. They ordered women and treated them like slaves. However, after a close analysis of Kate’s final speech my opinions changed dramatically towards the treatment of women in “The Taming of the shrew”. I think this because Kate in her final speech changes vividly as she lectures all the women how to treat their husbands. I will go through thorough analysis of Kate’s final speech later in this essay.

In Elizabethan times, men were considered to be the leaders and women their inferiors. Women were also regarded as "the weaker sex", not just in terms of physical strength, but emotionally too.  Furthermore, it was understood that women always needed someone to look after them. For example, if a woman was married then her husband would be excepted to look after her but if she was single, then her father or brother was expected to take care of her. Women were also not allowed to go through many professions i.e. medicine, law and politics, but they were allowed to work as maids or they could work in domestic service as cooks. Moreover, a good women in Elizabethan times was described as virgin, patient, gentle and quiet. A good women was also virtuous, pretty, shy, holy and had respect for her husband. However, a bad women was considered to be annoying, loud, excessive and ugly. A bad women would also be on that talks too much, one that is unholy, promiscuous and had no respect for her husband. Bad women where often described as the cabinet of horror, scream of an owl or the claw of a crocodile. A good example of this would be Kate in the start of this story.

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Shakespeare shows how women were mistreated in the scenes. For example, in    Act 1 Scene 2, Petruchio explains that he’s only in Padua to find a wealthy wife. He doesn’t care what she’s like, or who she is, as long as she has money. This shows us that men only wanted women for their wealth but not for their personality. This also gives us the impression that when men marry a wealthy women they would not really take care of her, they would only care about the money. This also hints out that women were treated as slaves.

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