Taming Of The Shrew Feminist Analysis

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‘The object of art is to give life shape’. William Shakespeare, the most eminent playwright who’s ever lived, has captured the essence of his work through this solitary quote. Despite being over 400 years old, his plays resonate with modern audiences, thus justifying the notion that his tragedies are still pertinent now. His play Taming of the Shrew, written in 1593, is an excellent illustration of a Shakespeare play with perpetual relevance through its use of archetypal characters and themes. This antifeminist comedy follows the taming of the reckless Katherine by the boisterous Petruchio and the development of their relationship. It incorporates different attributes of relationships as well as the central themes of female individualism, gender and gluttony. These concepts have been brought into the modern era through contemporary texts including the box-office hit 10 Things I Hate About You and gender stereotypes in the media. Over time, the play’s connotation has changed, but still remains relevant through film adaptations and archetypal characters, including the rebel and the trickster.
The foul-tempered and sharp-tongued Katherine is exceedingly pertinent to today’s society through her feminist nature and ability to challenge gender normalities during this period as the rebel archetype in the play. The topics of gender and female individualism surround Katherine through her inability to conform to the strict regulated values of typical Elizabethan women. In one of the
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