Analysis Of Shakespeare’s

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The Taming of the Shrew- Analysis of Shakespeare's Handle on Elizabethan Stereotypes Today, when one gazes upon Elizabethan stereotypes they may be offended or disgusted. In the fourteenth century there were guidelines and rules that had to be followed when it came to how a woman should or should not act. There were even some for the men, but women who went against these boundaries were sunned in society as outcasts and tramps. If a woman wasn't a faithful wife or showed true devotion to her husband, she was considered a wanton woman. If she was to be virtuous, she had to be obedient and pure. Shakespeare managed to divulge the cynical comedy in the period's stereotypes when he wrote The Taming of the Shrew. The likes of Kate and Bianca, were Shakespeare's focal point to show his views of how outlandish he thought of the stereotypes. He purposely exaggerated their stereotypes to show the extremes if the spectrum. However, at the end of the play he switched their stereotypes to show that stereotypes are interchangeable.Kate in the beginning was the curse of the town. Kate, "be she as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd" (I.II.69), nobody wanted to marry her, but rather her fair and virtuous sister, Bianca. Kate was considered a wanton and undesired woman. Her mouth was uncontrollable and it only took a little bit to get her to blow up to say things like: "I' faith, sir, you shall never need to fear: Iwis it is not halfway to her heart.But if it were, doubt not her care should be To comb your noodle with a three-legged stool.And paint your face and use you like a fool." Using words like that gave Kate the reputation that she did. After Kate and Petruchio get married, Petruchio decided to make Kate a better wife. So he started to tame her. Shakespeare gave this a touch of wit and humor to get his point across to the extreme of how a good wife should be. Petruchio's understanding of how Kate works was used against her as her taming process began. Petruchio did some much outlandish things that Kate begun to see the error in her way. She was "tamed" by the end of the play. She evolved from the "unquiet woman and wanton woman" to the "good wife and quiet woman". Lucentio commented best, "'Tis a wonder"¦she will be tamed so." (V.II.189) Bianca will not however change much in the course of the play....

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