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  1. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Katherina and Petruchio's wedding and the preparations for it. What do these scenes reveal about the Elizabethan society?

    (1). When Petruchio is told of this woman that Hortensio describes as 'a shrewd ill-favoured wife' (1) but says she shall be "rich, very rich." (1) Petruchio is intrigued, we understand that money is very important thing in the Elizabethan era, enough to ignore that fact that she is a 'shrew', as Hortensio repeats the word rich and says that it makes up for her more undesirable personality. As he hears of this very rich 'young, and beauteous' (1) lady; who happens to be 'intolerable curst' (1), Petruchio ignores the fact about her ill temper, and the fact that she that scares away other men, he believes that she is nothing but a 'simple' (1)

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  2. "Explore Shakespeare's presentation of women in the following scenes of the Taming of the Shrew: Act II, scene I, Act III, scene I, Act III, scene II, lines 1-26 and lines 183-238, Act IV, scene V, Act V, scene II

    The second idea suggested by Shakespeare is that Kate's submission is totally ironic and false. Rather than accepting the role she was expected to take, she ridicules the role of woman in her society using sarcasm. Both suggestions are apparent throughout the play, and the text can be interpreted in either way to explore Shakespeare's presentation of woman. William Shakespeare puts forward the idea that Kate was brutally broken down by Petruchio, and forced to discontinue the shrewish behavior on account of his extravagant actions.

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  3. William Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew

    "Bianca" yearns to marry, but only can, once her intractable sibling "Katharina" agrees to. The main male character "Petruchio" forces his way in to Katharina's astringent heart, initially for the money he will receive, once they marry. The audience are aware that he has a huge battle ahead to win her love and respect and in doing so he also falls in love with her. The first extract has a fundamental value in the play because it is the first time both Petruchio and Katharina meet each other face to face and have a conversation.

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  4. The taming of the shrew - Exploring Shakespeare's development of the relationship between Petruchio and Katherina

    In Act II Scene i, Petruchio and Katherina meet for the first time. Even after Hortensio comes in bleeding from being hit over the head by an instrument by Katherina, Petruchio is still unfazed by Katherina's boisterous behaviour. From lines 165-176 Petruchio has a monologue in which he decides to contradict everything she says, and yet to be charming. For example he says, 'Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear as morning roses newly washed with dew', so he is opposing to her judgement, but is meanwhile complimenting her. He degrades her by calling her Kate, a name she hates and asked not to be called.

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  5. Analyse Shakespeare's use of dramatic and poetic effects in Act 2, Scene 1 of 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    Her father even admits to her being like this in this scene as he proclaims she is "hilding a devilish spirit" (line 26). Many others, such as Hortensio and Gremio, talk about Katherina as if she was a devil and worry if Petruchio is making the right decision in marrying her as they say "any man is so very fool to be married to h**l". This is very extreme imagery and quite significant because in the Elizabethan times (when the Taming of the Shrew was written)

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  6. Taming of the shrew

    Katherina and Petruchio are newly married, which many characters find shocking as no-one appears to like Katherina. Now Katherina is married her 'perfect' young sister Bianca is free to marry; the agreement with their father was that Katherina had to marry first. 'Bianca' means white in Italian, which has connotations of innocence and purity. Since the day of their marriage Petruchio has been acting in a strange fashion. Arriving at the wedding extremely late, on a donkey, dressed in rags was not the ideal way to charm his woman.

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  7. Explore the Ways in which Shakespeare presents the theme of falconry in The Taming of the Shrew

    They ask him, 'Dost thou love hawking?' which shows us as the audience that hawking would be a sport of a wealthy and noble gentleman. The character Sly is successfully convinced that he is a Lord, we can see this from the quotation, 'Upon my life, I am a lord indeed,' which foreshadows to the result of the taming of Katherina's character. As we have been shown in the induction scene, falconry is seen as being the sport of kings and noble men. It is a fascinating co-operation between man and bird.

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  8. The Taming of the Shrew: The Degrading of Women

    In this quote, "they" refers to women, and "bound" is a very interesting word to use in this context. This is only one example of the thousands on how a woman's opinion is not acknowledged. A woman is not only deprived of making her opinions heard, but they are "bound" to listen to, accept, and to honour a man's beliefs. In this case, the male's viewpoint is that a woman is obliged to love, to serve, and to obey. Men even go as far as to decide a woman's future husband. Not only is her voice not heard, she is sold off to the wealthiest "bidder" by none other than her own father.

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  9. Do the ends justify the means in Petruchio's taming of Katherina?

    This means that Bianca can't marry either of her suitors until Katherina has found a husband. He doesn't even feel sorry or upset for Katherina that no one wants her. What kind of father does this to his child? Bianca's suitors are desperate to wed her so decide to team up to find her a husband. Luckily for them, Hortensio's friend, Petruchio, turns up in Padua looking to find a wife and have a family. Petruchio is very masculine and shows bravado by saying, " I have come to wive it wealthily in Padua; if wealthily, then happily in Padua"

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  10. Composers often use different methods to portray similar ideas to their audience. How have the two texts you have studied reflect the same ideas in different ways? Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Jill Junge's 10 Things I Hate about You.

    "...I come to wive it wealthily in Padua, if wealthily then happily in Padua." Such a blunt statement clearly shows Petruchio's 'gold digger' of a personality and his values when it comes to marriage, most likely influenced by the society he lives in. When Hortensio refers Petruchio to Katherina as part of a devious scheme for Bianca, the dramatic irony only further enhances how when it comes to women, men of Petruchio's standard prioritize marriage as a financial transaction first, then their own feelings or even the feelings of the intended and that the view of the female is not taken into account.

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  11. The Taming of the Shrew. What does the play say abour attitudes toward love and marriage and about the relationship between the sexes?

    "You will be schoolmaster, And undertake the teaching of the maid- That's your device." (Act 1 Scene 1, lines 193-195) Today it is unlikely that a young man would need to go to these lengths in order to woo a girl. So we can see that the whole process of love and marriage starts off in quite a different way to how would today. There is also the financial aspect to consider. This played an enormous part in choosing a partner. Shakespeare makes it clear that young men in his time were not so concerned with finding love, but instead were looking for wealth.

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  12. Ten things I hate about you is a modern day version of Shakespeare's 'The taming of the Shrew'.

    On the other hand, her older, completely dysfunctional sister Kat has absolutely nothing in common with her sibling. She is described as being incapable of human interaction and shows no inclination to date. Their father Walter is very protective of both his girls as their mother died. He has one rule he will stick by until he is six feet under, 'Bianca will not date until Kat does', and with the prom coming up, this devastates Bianca. Cameron, the shy but intelligent boy has been in love with Bianca ever since he joined Padua High School, and his rival, the vain model Joey Donner also shows affection for her.

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  13. Taming of the Shrew Coursework I am directing the scene where big changes take place between Katherina and Petruchios' relationship as husband and wife

    The sun! It is not the moonlight now', to make the audience understand she is shocked and puzzled by what Petruchio has said, she must emphasise the word 'moon' followed by a pause and then use a reassuring voice to say 'the sun'. When she says 'now' she must also try to use some emphasise to show the audience she's positive it isn't moonlight now. Her posture and tone of voice will make it obvious to the audience that she is aware of his stupidity.

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  14. How are male characters portrayed in the Taming of the Shrew?

    Although Tranio is a servant he appears to be well educated even more so then his own master Lucentio. This is made evident throughout Act 1 scene1. One can argue this is due to the fact that he is easily able to replicate Lucentio actions and words. This is made evident in act 1-scene 1 when Lucentio exchanges clothes with his servant. His disguise is easily digested and it is clear that he becomes more and more involved the role.

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  15. Examine the ways in which Shakespeare presents issues of marriage and relationships, with particular reference to Katherina and Petruchio in

    However, Shakespeare looks beyond the "pantomime" aspects of the play and gives us an insight into how "Shrew's" in those days were ruled by men. They had no way of expressing their feelings; "Thus I have politically begun my reign." Women like Katherina would not see their way for another 100 years. In this way Shakespeare shows exactly how men's attitudes to these kinds of women made their lives considerably hard and miserable. When Shakespeare was in his twenties, he had a relationship with a woman who was a lot older than he was, he ended up getting her pregnant.

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  16. Examine Shakespeare's interpretation ofmen in 'Taming of the shrew'

    Further emphasizing this Petruchio sees women as a possession and money as a prerequisite for marriage, "I will be master of what is mine". Insulting Kate, he also lists her alongside his animals, "My horse, my ox, my a*s, my any thing". This demonstrates that Shakespeare interpreted dominant men to disrespect their wives and disregard their feelings as their only concern was their wealth and prominence within society. Stated as "Nothing less but psychological r**e", Shakespeare uses Petruchio to assert his dominance by bombarding Kate with compliments and criticisms, "And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst", thus demonstrating the fact that his authority is able to overpower Kate at all times.

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  17. Petruchio demonstrates cruelty through his actions, but sensibility through his intentions

    This demonstrates a strong potential for physical cruelty, even though he restrains himself, the threat still remains. Petruchio's cruelty persists, this time in a possessive manner when he declares that "Kate will be my hen" (2.1.223) and on a much more demanding note when he states "Will you, nill you, I will marry you" (2.1.263). However, Petruchio is not simply being cruel to Kate, he has prepared a strategy to tame her. Petruchio reveals his goal "For I am he born to tame you, Kate, And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate Conformable as other household Kates" (2.1.267-270).

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  18. English coursework essay- the taming of the shrew By Sugra b**t 10CMG

    He also says "Kate of my consolation" meaning his comfort, does he mean this or not? I believe that Petruchio doesn't, because it's only talk and just his way to woo Katherina, she keeps her distance away from Petruchio physically she feels awkward because it probably is the first guy flattering her but she argues back telling him to be moved. Petruchio physically asks her to sit on his lap "come sit on me" in a dirty, humour way. She replies with "a***s are to bear and so are you" this also is rude and offensive.

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  19. 'Hester and Katherine exploit each other, but for different reasons'. Discuss

    Thank you...she hugged and kissed her." She was all open and honest to Hester, it seemed strange that a normal person would show affection to a stranger, without even forming a close relationship. Katherine from the first day, had a concealed motive by knowing that Miss Harper was a well respected and rich lady and for this reason was already trying to take advantage of her, trying to win her love so she could be the replacement daughter and inherit Hester's assets. There is also the time when Katherine convinced Hester to invite Joanna to come stay for a week.

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

    Petruchio has seemingly tamed Kate, winning her over and turning her into a perfect wife. Kate throughout the play does not get her own way, neither does she get the last word, she is constantly overshadowed by men. Kate at the end of the play finally gets to express her opinion, however Kate's last speech is not the end of the play, Even though being the main character in Taming of the Shrew, she does not get the last word extract from Kate's last speech shows what I good wife should be like, "...to wound thy lord, thy king, thy governer..."an Elizabethan wife should worship her husband and have no opinions on politics or any other matters.

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  21. Explore the Ways in Which Shakespeare Presents Power in the Play

    Their father has said Bianca will not be married until he has "a husband for the elder." This gives Katherina a kind of hold over Bianca, she knows there are a lot of potential suitors for Bianca and hardly any for herself because of her reputation and so as Bianca says in act 2 Katherina seems content in her sister's discontent. Katherina uses violence and shouting to get her point across, this gives her power because even her father keeps out of her way. People are scared of her because she is unstable and unpredictable. This means that she has control over many things going on around her, and having control means having power.

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  22. How is Deceit a Key Theme in the Play 'The Taming of the Shrew'?

    has been asleep for fifteen years, where in actual fact he is just a drunken man that the lord believes need teaching a lesson. The effect that disguise would have on the audience, and on the rest of the play is that it creates suspense and tension, as the audience not only have to remember whom is disguised as whom, but also don't know when the disguises will be unveiled to the other characters in the play. The element of disguise is relevant from the induction all the way to the very end of the play, as is deceit.

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  23. To What Extent is Katherina Tamed by the End of the Play?

    To gauge how much Katherina changes during the play I must first establish her character as it is when we are first introduced to her at the start of the play. As soon as we meet Katherina we (or rather Hortensio) receive a sharp taste of her initial fiery temper when she threatens to beat Bianca's suitor about the head: "...To comb your noodle with a three-legged stool And paint your face and use you like a fool." There is evidence to support Katherina's shrewish behaviour in abundance and there is no doubting her violent and cruel nature as is

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  24. The Taming ofthe Shrew

    Not only does she disrespect her family but others too. She once broke a lute over her teacher's head when her teacher told her that she had the fingering wrong. This behavior is unsuitable and is improper. She acts like a wild animal. Then Petruchio comes and Katherina completely changes and it is shocking and does not seem real. Even though Petruchio knew exactly what she was like he still wanted to woo her. His reasons for wanting to do so were because he did not have much money and Katherina is rich so he wanted to marry her for her money.

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  25. Appropriation of a Key Text from the Past Critical Essay - William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

    (line 331, Act II, Scene 1) Thus, what you own and acquire in a marriage pre-determined the outcomes of marital disputes in such a society. However, 10 Things introduces a more suitable and readily accepted theme - love. The thought of marriage for wealth and power and 'purchasing' a wife, today, is something greatly frowned apon. In the film, the payment of Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to date Katherina 'Kat' Stratford (Julia Stiles) was seen as something extremely offensive and wrong, while Bianca freely chose her date out of attraction and love.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • 'The taming of the shrew' - Examine carefully your chosen scene and discuss how well in your view Shakespeare succeeds in presenting good theatre with a variety of dramatic situations in order to entertain his audience.

    "So to conclude, I think that Shakespeare does a good job of entertaining his audience and keeping the humour varied to keep everyone happy. He manages to lower the tone in the play from 'jokey' to serious well. All through the play he uses lots of different types of humour and uses lots of dramatic devices to entertain further. Jennii Calder 10FF"

  • Analyse the Presentation of the Servant-Master Relationship in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

    "At the end of the play, it seems that Shakespeare has submitted to the traditional orthodox beliefs of his society. However, the 'Sly' scene does not come to a close and this loose end still questions the seemingly definitive conclusion, which was Katherine's speech. At the end of the play, Tranio, the servant, still remains in an almost equal position to the other men and takes part in the wagering of the husbands. The very last lines of the play are oddly inconclusive and possibly suggest a doubt as to whether Kate's transformation is genuine. Lucentio in utter amazement, says "'Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so". He almost seems to doubt that she could possibly change so completely. Throughout 'the Taming of the Shrew', Shakespeare makes clear that the "old" system functions, if with glitches, and that it is easy to fit into, but he also suggests that there is an alternative to the traditional roles of masters and servants, and even wives and husbands."

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