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Examine The Different Ways In Which Shakespeare Presents Issues Connected With The Marriage And Male Relationships In The Play "The Taming Of The Shrew".

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In the following essay I will be analysing and exploring the ways that Shakespeare presents issues with marriage and male and female relationships. I believe that the men in The Taming of the Shrew are more dominant and therefore respected unlike the female characters.I think that the play was an accurate reflection of men and women's relationship of the time, I feel this because after exploring The Taming of the Shrew and looking into the history of that period you can see the connections between the male and female relationships in the play and in the period of that specific time. Whilst looking at Shakespeare's work, I looking into the theatres in which Shakespeare could of influenced in some of his plays. The "Globe Theatre" which some people relate to as "Shakespeare's Theatre" is a round open theatre in which all elements of the weather can be felt. Only male actors can perform upon the stage of the Globe Theatre so when The Taming of the Shrew was performed there, even characters like Katherine and Bianca were acted by men. I believe that because of this it might of influenced Shakespeare to have more main male characters in his plays than women. In The Taming of the Shrew there is only two main characters which are Bianca and Katherine but there is over five main male characters which include; Lucentio, Hortensio, Biondello, Petruchio, Grumio, Tranio and many others. I think that in The Taming of the Shrew it benefited by only having two main female parts. I believe this because it focuses on the male and female relationship of Kate and Bianca and I think it enhances the reflection of the reality of the marriage relationships of that time. It shows that women never had power but getting married obtained power (although not as high as men's) and respect. I think that's why Baptista Minola (father of Kate and Bianca) was encouraging Kate to get married. The consequences were something the father didn't want to happen to Kate. If Kate had not of got married to Petruchio, Kate would of gone to a Nunnery or she would of become a "Spinster". To examine the different ways in which Shakespeare presents issues I will explore 3 scenes from The Taming of the Shrew and relate the male and female relationships in the play and of the time the play was being performed-1543-1594.Act III Scene IIThe scene starts in front of Baptista's house. Petruchio is late and Kate is telling her father Baptista that she shouldn't marry him because she is going against her heart. Kate is then saying that she always knew that Petruchio was a fool. Kate is then saying that she always knew that Petruchio was a "fool". Kate then says, "Lo, there is mad Petruchio's wife" interpreting other peoples opinion of her when she gets married to Petruchio. Tranio steps in and tells Kate and Baptista to be patient because Petruchio means well ands he will never break his word. Biondello enters and tells everyone that Petruchio is coming. Biondello then goes on to describe what...

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