The Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare

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In Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, women are shown to be objectified and subservient to men, conforming to the accepted gender roles that are expected of them. Patriarchal views of femininity support the authority of men in society, as well as subjugation and subordination of women. As written of the representation of women in early literature, “the focus of interest is on the heroine’s choice of marriage partner, which will decide her ultimate social position and … determine her happiness ” Yet through the story Shakespeare subtly presents a relationship which is built upon trust, involving two intelligent characters who come to appreciate one another. Which can be supported by the view of later feminists, who agree that it is not necessarily individual men who oppress women, but the underlying prejudice of a patriarchal society.
Though the play is introduced depicting a strong-willed, bold female character, this is ultimately undermined by the finale, in which Kate seemingly submits to the role of the domesticated wife, “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,” in doing so, going against the values she had previously held. Petruchio reforms Kate, in doing so supposedly destroying her spirit. The notion of ‘taming’ her is revealed to be that Kate must live to please her husband (even if she does not love him). Male superiority wins out by the end of the play, and though it is not wrong for Kate to submit, the means by which this is achieved strongly endorse
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