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Taming Of The Shrew Elizabethan Perspective

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The taming of the shrew is a play written by William Shakespeare, concerning many important issues and ideas, especially relating to marriage and the role of women in the Elizabethan society. In the present day the play seems to be sexist, however in the Elizabethan era it was considered to be a comedy. There are various humorous aspects of the play from an Elizabethan perspective and these include the manner in which Katherine is 'tamed', the many disguises used by the characters and finally the puns and various dialogue used by the characters.A major aspect of why this play would by humorous to a Elizabethan audience is because of the manner in which Katherine is 'tamed' by Petruchio. Kate is originally a rough, headstrong women who tyrannises over her sister and defies the Elizabethan view of a wife. She is regarded as a shrew, and Petruchio, her husband has to 'tame' her. The manner in which this is achieved is seen as comical from an Elizabethan perspective. Petruchio attempts to drive the headstrongness and temper out of Kate by imitating her manner. His gratuitous capriciousness demonstrates to Kate what she is like and through this she achieves self knowledge. This is shown through his callous treatment of his servants, just after being betrothed. In front of Kate, Petruchio tells them "You peasant swain, you whoreson malt-horse drudge". Apart from serving as a mirror for Kate to view her own outrageousness, Petruchio also tells her of what she will become, complimenting her on her qualities despite the fact that she is the opposite of them. An example of this is when he tells Kate "Thou art pleasant, gamesome, passing courteous".Another...

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