The Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, it is an epic battle of the sexes. In the era that this play was written (Elizabethan), women were told what to do, how to act, and who to be. That is why Katherine is such a fascinating yet confusing character in this play. In this piece, the protagonist Kate is very complex and has many different, unique sides to her personality, which is frowned upon in this time. Before Katherine even spoke in this play she was this horrible, shrewish girl. When introduced to Katherine at the beginning of the play she is a smart mouth girl with a horrible temper. She is not afraid to freely express herself which often leads to her being very outspoken or violent. After meeting her husband (that only wanted to wed her because of the dowry he would receive) those characteristics begin to change. It is only then that we start to see a much softer, pleasant side to Kate. It is Petruchio who provokes her slow, but sincere transformation. She becomes more “tame” as some would say and without a doubt, Katherine goes through a very large attitude change. At the end of the play, Kate’s friends and family are appalled by her miraculous change. They believe that Petruchio is the reason for this. And although Petruchio did go through many obstacles to tame Kate, it was love that truly tamed her. Kates character was written in the Elizabethan time. During this time the women were no more than a piece of property to men. The main job of women is to
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