Essay about The Feminist Perspective of Taming of the Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is a play that is ahead of its time in its views toward gender roles within society. Katherine is a woman who is intelligent, and is not afraid to assert her views on any given situation. She is paired with another obstinate character in Pertuchio. The Marriage formed between the two is a match made in heaven for two reasons. First Because Katherine is strong enough to assert her views, and more importantly, she realizes when she should assert them. The second reason the bond survives is that Petruchio is strong enough to accept the fact that Katherine has a mind and, more importantly he loves her for that reason. Petruchio cleverly weaves the relationship into the framework of society without …show more content…
In any event, Kate is not easily won by the brash and brazen would-be suitor petruchio. She perceives (correctly) Petruchio's motivation to be false so she fights his advances vehemently. Unfortunately, though, Katherine carries the burden of having a sister with a higher market value. Seconds after he learns that Katherine is betrothed, Baptista wastes no time in auctioning off his younger daughter to the highest bidder. "now i play the merchants part, and venture madly on an open mart" (A2,s1,l319-320) In this light Katherine’s resistance is justified.

After a forced marriage, Patruchio sets about wooing Katherine in earnest. Petruchio realizes that there is more to his "bonnie Kate” then her weighty dowry. He begins to love and more importantly respect Katherine. Only when Katherine is sure that petruchio is neither mad nor greedy does she begin to fall for him.

Having mutual affection, their problems are only partly solved. The problem lay in the structure of society. IN 16th century society a dainty, subservient, tame woman posses the ideal qualities of her time. Petruchio realizes this point. He realizes that if he has a wife who clearly contradicts social norms, having a mind and expressing it, he would not be respected by his peers. This realization serves to explain the scenes dealing with attire throughout the play, act III scene iii and Act Vscene ii, amongst others. Petruchio begins manipulation Katherine as early as their wedding

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