The Taming Of The Shrew

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Katharina, also known as Kate, is the main protagonist and her fiery personality is the focal point of the Shakespeare play, “The Taming of the Shrew”. Her outspoken and quick-witted disposition is at odds with polite society thus earning her the offensive moniker ‘Shrew’, which essentially means a bad-tempered despicable old hag. Contrary to belief, she is, for the most part, an opinionated woman who has the courage to speak those opinions loudly to men that would prefer she’d be quiet. Throughout the play Kate’s demeanor evolves and shifts much like the incredible metamorphosis of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly; in this case a lovely socially acceptable butterfly. This essay will analyze Katharina’s performance throughout the play hence concluding that she is not befitting of the moniker Shrew.
To begin with Katharina is a product of her environment and said environment yields more than a few reasons for Kate to act out. First off, she lives within the structure of a patriarchal social society where the men have absolute authority over women. The males are dominant while the women are supposed to be subordinate. Kate’s dominant personality is seen as socially unacceptable behavior for a woman. Her personality makes society treat her with disdain. She’s odd, misunderstood and feeling isolated. This rejection and isolation frustrates the young, opinionated Kate further thus acting out in shrewish like ways.
Secondly, Kate comes from a broken home. Without a mother,…

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