Sexism in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

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How would you feel if you were thought as incompetent towards the other sex? The play, “The Taming of the Shrew,” by William Shakespeare leans towards a sexist viewpoint. It was written in the 1500’s, a time where women were seen as property to men. Many other Shakespearean plays were also considered sexist, because Shakespeare writes all of his plays around the central story of a man, and a woman’s relationship. It was rare that anyone during this time period was not sexist because this was how society generally functioned. As children were raised they were taught that they were either superiors to woman, or that they were inferior, and incapable. Many characters in “The Taming of the Shrew,” show sexism through their words and actions, sometimes without directly meaning it. From Kate, and Petruchio’s first meeting it is evident that he expected her to bow down to him and act like the “true woman” of the time period. This is because woman were seen as property to men, and expected to please them in every way possible. In the quote “This is the pointed day that Katherine and Petruchio should be married, yet we hear not from our son-in-law.” (III. ii. 1 -3.) It was the day of Kate and Petruchio’s wedding, and Petruchio was late, reflecting that he does not care about Kate’s feelings, or expectations for him. This tells me it was his first effort in taming her. At the same time, Petruchio was showing that he believes he will be dominant over her. Therefor
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