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GCSE: Taming of the Shrew
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"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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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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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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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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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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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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After this, Petruchio and Grumio quarrel about Grumio's disobedience. "I bade the rascal knock upon your gate." This again gives the impression that Petruchio is short tempered and unwilling to back down. When Petruchio and Hortensio get talking about women, Petruchio shows that he is interested in marrying for money. "Thou know'st not gold's effect." When Hortensio tells Petruchio of the rich but shrewd girl Katherina, he is instantly interested. Hortensio seems to regrets telling Petruchio and lists all of Katherina's bad points: "She is intolerable curst." However, Petruchio has his mind set and will not change it.
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As much of Shakespeare's contemporary audience would have experienced this type of relationship, more than likely as the master, Shakespeare may have hoped that some may recognise a potential change from the 'traditional' treatment of servants. In 'The Taming of the Shrew', the most oppressive and 'traditional' master is Petruchio. He is demanding and dominating over Grumio, Biondello and his other servants. Petruchio seems to have no master over him. Even Baptista, the father of the girl that he woos has no influence over him.
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The Shakespearean audience had the idea of a perfect woman. They should only speak when spoken to, be polite and do everything to suit their husband. This is completely the opposite of Katherina as she thinks that she has to stand up for herself all of the time and this is why the men always make snide comments about her, to her or loudly so that she can hear. By her threatening Hortensio she is being very aggressive and harsh.
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Act 1, Scene 1 shows how Elizabathean marriages come about, and who is in charge. Unlike today's romance and marriage the father, of the bride controls who and how the pre-nuptial and marriage plans happen. The fact that Taming of the Shrew starts with talk of courtship and marriage encourages the opinion of that the play is a romantic comedy, but as the play continues we see various evidence that this is untrue. The notion of love and romance is almost dismissed from the start when we see how that how Baptist controls the whole affair of marriage.
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Amusement is also due to the dramatic irony because the audience know of the costume capers, where as the characters in the play do not. Modern audiences might not find some of the disguise antics comedic as they might see them as foolish and stupid. However Elizabethan audiences would have found this confusion amongst characters and visual antics amusing as most of the audience would not have been well educated. The more sophisticated wordplay and punning would also rely on exaggerated actions and the slapstick humour so often seen in Shakespearian plays - something else taken from Commedia dell'Arte.
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“Women’s Roles Have Changed So Much Since Shakespheare Wrote ‘the Taming of the Shrew’ That It Is No Longer Dramatically Interesting To a Modern Audience.”
Dowler' s father, who was accused of her murder almost immediately after the discovery of her body. I think these changes of the position of males in the modern day way of life, have come about more frequently in this post 9/11 society, because we have had to become so cautious - but this does not mean that either s*x has to suffer as a result. This is why I also think that The Taming of the Shrew is still dramatically interesting to a modern audience. I think that The Taming of the Shrew wasn't meant to just describe the facts about the heavily patriarchal Elizabethan society, but was meant more to exploit those facts, and really exaggerate them to question the true meaning and way of life for women in the 1600s.
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'The Taming of the Shrew' is a play written by Shakespeare in Elizabethan times to examine many complex ideas, including those of social roles and marital harmony.
Katherina is clearly intelligent and independent, and so refuses to play her social role as the 'maiden daughter'. Instead, she would always insult and degrade all men she came across, and fiercely deter all suitors, much to the anguish of her father, determined to have her wed. Kate detests society's expectations of her, like how she should obey her father and show grace and courtesy to all her suitors. However she must also see that she must eventually conform to a role, and given the inflexibility of her current one, the best hope is to get married.
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In this essay I will be focusing on Katherina, a character from 'The Taming of the Shrew'. Then I will conclude with whether I see Katherina as bad-tempered or whether I see her as being imprisoned by society.
The first thing we notice about Katherina is that she is very quick-witted as she insults Bianca's wooers. At the start of 'The Taming of the Shrew' we also see that Katherina uses a very low register of language, which are almost slang words: 'To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool, And paint your face, and use you like a fool.' (Act 1, scene 1, lines 63 to 65). This shows that Katherina can defend herself and that she often does, which was unusual for a woman of that time because women saw men as Page 2 potential husbands and they would not answer back.
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Examine closely Katherine's speech in Act 5 Scene 2 lines 136-179. What is your view of this speech as the climax of this story? How have Kate's opinions and language changed since the early acts of the play? Why do you think that she has changed so much?
Another way of explaining it is that because for the first time in her life Katherina has realized that somebody actually cares about her enough to refine her, she gives up her discourteous past and sets off on a promising and happy future. I think that ultimately, Katherina changed from the Shrew into the acceptable wife because she has come to terms with her role as a woman, and realized that she has found love by becoming submissive to anything she disagrees with.
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"Katherina and Petruchio's marriage is stronger and more exciting than any other in the play. Though the shrew may be tamed, she is certainly not defeated". Do you agree with this viewof the play?
This is accomplished through many detailed exchanges of comments between father and daughters, as well as lovers. Shakespeare didn't want us to jump from one extreme to the other; he simply was pointing out the failings, and warned us of the path we were following. Shakespeare throughout this play tackles with the idea of a prefect marriage. Although Shakespeare himself did not have a prefect marriage, but he is able to express his ideas on what he believes would produce a prefect marriage. Shakespeare writing in a time of a virgin queen, on the throne is not affected in his writing about view that are held about women and marriage.
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Katharina or Kate, the shrew of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew is sharp-tongued, quick-tempered,and prone to violence and violent outbursts, especially to anyone who tries towin her love. This is shown from the beginning in Act O
(II.i.31-36). Clearly she is spiteful because he has more love for Bianca. They feel that she may become an old maid with no husband or children, and she herself believes it to be a possibility. The Elizabethan era was a hard time for most women. When you are born and raised in a society that is male dominated, you have no choice but to come to terms with it. Mary Wroth states in her writings "a seventeenth-century woman was usually dependent on men for self-respect and survival, no matter what her talents or his feelings" (Swift 162).
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We have seen from past scenes that their relationship is not very good; this only exaggerates that idea as she has used physical strength and tied her up just to ask her a few questions: '......I charge thee tell Whom thou lov'st best.' The immediate impression the audience gets from this incident is that Katherina likes to be in control; she wants to ask Bianca questions and wants a straight reply. Her tone is demanding while Bianca's is pleading, as she just wants to be released: 'I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.'
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It could also mean, however, that if 'The Taming of A Shrew' was brought out before Shakespeare's play, then Shakespeare could have used the idea and simply made a parody out of it. In Act 4 Scene 5 Petruchio and Katherina are travelling to Baptista's house. The meet Vincentio on the way, who is travelling to Lucentio's house. On the journey Katherina demonstrates how she has let Petruchio even determine the sun and the moon for her. She says to Petruchio, '..sun it is not, when you say it is not, and the moon changes even as your mind.'
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Kate will be wearing a long flowing dress to show that she is like an ordinary upper class lady instead of the more radical clothing she would have worn before the taming process. Biannca and the widow will also be wearing the same style of dress. The servants (Biondello and Gremio) would be wearing the traditional butler uniform. I want them to realise that Petruchio has tamed Kate, but I want them to question whether or not Kate has lost her robust personality in the process.
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