Taming Of The Shrew Essay

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Many of Shakespeare’s work show how the treatment of women in their time was unfair. In the classic play written by William Shakespeare “The Taming of the Shrew” it is no different. The topic of the unfair treatment of women starts with two of the main female characters Kate and Bianca Minola the daughters to the man named Baptista Minola. The two main female characters have very dynamic personalities, for example Kate is a tight, open, uncaring, rude, and insensitive person, but as the story progressed Kate started changing become more of a wife obeying, and incentive. While Bianca on the other hand started off as a charming, sweet, loving, and sensible person, but as the story moved on she became more of a disobedient and mean person who didn’t listen to her husband. These women were treated like animals, their weddings were more of business transactions, and they were to force to obey and serve their husbands as they were lords.
The way women were treated were as though they were animals, an example would be this line from Tranio, one of Bianca’s suitors “Ay, mistress, and Petruchio is the master, that teacheth tricks eleven and twenty long, to tame a shrew and charm her chattering tongue” (4.2 56-58) one may think that the “Training School” could be a comparison of today’s modern taming school used to train pets tricks, to teach dogs how to listen well to their masters and to do tricks. Another quote from the text, could be Petruchio’s speech “Thus have I politically begun my reign, and ‘tis my hope to end successfully. My falcon now is sharp and passing empty, and till she stoop she must not be full-gorged, another way I have to man my haggard, to make her come and know her keeper’s call, That is, to watch her, as we watch these kites, that bate and beat and will not be obedient. She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat; last night she slept not, nor tonight shall not. As with the meat, some underserved fault I’ll find about the making of the bed, and have I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster, this way the coverlet, another way the sheets. Ay, and this hurly I intend. That all is done in revered care of her. And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night, and if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl. And with the clamour keep het stall awake. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness, and this thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor. He that knows better how to tame a shrew, Now let him speak ‘tis charity to show” (4.1 170-193) In this speech one may see that Petruchio is explain what he will do to train his shrew, comparing an animal with his wife, how he must teach her like a hawk, to stare her until she only answers his calls. Another quote from Petruchio that agrees that women were treated like animals “For I am he am born to tame you, Kate, and bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate. Conformable as other household Kates” (2.1 268-270) one may see the similarities between the play on words Cat and Kate. Petruchio is telling her...

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