Taming of the Shrew Essay Vanessa Fuller
“Fie, fie! Unknit that threatening unkind brow, and dart not scornful glances from those
eyes, to wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor.”(V.ii 212) In Taming of the Shrew by William
Shakespeare, he shows the dynamics and roles of men and women during the Italian
Renaissance. Shakespeare’s play is evolved around and affected by men, women, and well as
parents ideas on courtship and dating as well as what was expected of them.
In Shakespeare’s play he showed both sides or examples of women in society during the
Italian Renaissance. Katherine symbolizes a shrew. A shrew is very outspoken, which was very
rare and unheard of during this time. A shrew expressed her ideas which were not allowed.
Katherine was a worst degree shrew, but she is a dynamic character who changes drastically.
Bianca symbolizes what is expected of a woman during this time era. She is very ideal and soft
spoken as well as obedient.
Male ideas on courtship and dating are very different from women’s. Men rule the
marriage/ relationship. They had full control of the women. Men were expected to provide for
their wives. They’re supposed to provide them with a home, money for food, etc. This leaves a
huge effect on the play; it differentiates the way they act. For instance, Petruchio executes his
full control by leaving the wedding feast to go to his home with Katherine, even though she
doesn’t not want to go, she does because that is just the way things went during that time.
Pertuchio courts to Katherine by providing her with a home and essential needs, which was
expected. Petruchio also confronts Katherine of his plans and her shrewish behaviors when he
states, “For I am he am born to tame you, Kate, and bring you from wild Kate to a Kate
conformable as other household Kates.”(II.I 88)
Females didn’t really have a say or couldn’t give their opinions on courtship, dating, or
marriage. From the day a woman is born, she is controlled by her parents until the day she is
married off, and then she is controlled by her husband. Women were not allowed to openly
express their thoughts; if they did the thoughts were shaped...