The Roles Of Men And Women In Shakespeare's The Taming Of The 1500s

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During the 1500s, the roles of men and women differed immensely throughout society. Even though the roles of different people based on gender have equalized in the United States, there continues to be controversy over whether gender defines one’s role in society or not. In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, there is a lot of hierarchical power based on gender between characters along with society. Although some people may argue that gender does not define one’s role in society, more evidence supports that gender does define one’s role; because the roles of men and women during Shakespeare’s time differed considerably from the roles of men and women today as men were viewed as superior and women were labeled and treated unjustly. The way in which men were treated in Padua in the 1500s fluctuated immensely …show more content…

Men had somewhat of an advantage in society as they were seen as stronger and of higher quality than women. Grumio, Petruchio’s servant, quotes, “My master is grown quarrelsome. I should knock you first, and then I know after who comes by the worst.” (Shakespeare I.ii.13-5). Grumio is referring to Petruchio as his master which shows that he views Petruchio with a great deal of respect. Grumio then refers to Kate as “the worst” which shows that she is easily labeled and looked down upon. Misconceptionally, women were easily labeled by the men as well as society for every meager decision they made. In Taming of the Shrew, Hortensio (Petruchio’s best friend and wingman) easily labels Kate because of her short temper. He says, “Mates maid? How mean you that? No mates for you unless you were of a gentler, milder mold.”

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