William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is an interesting story that demonstrates the patriarchal ideas of how a marriage is suppose to be according to society, what is acceptable of a woman's role in a relationship. It's a story that has many things to show for it's been remade, and remade, even slightly altered to better relate to the teenage audience.
In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, there is a recurring theme of people hiding their real identity. First, there are cases of deception, such as Tranio pretending to be Lucentio, Lucentio pretending to be a Latin tutor, Hortensio pretending to be a music tutor. More complex than these obvious examples of deception are Shakespeare’s clever uses of psychological masks. Several characters in the play take on roles that do not agree with their personalities. The psychological masks that they wear are not immediately apparent to the audience, or even to the characters themselves, until they are unmasked through the course of the play. Shakespeare mostly uses this device with the characters of Katherina, Bianca,
The role of woman in the society has always been really controversial, whether it was 400 years ago or now. Shakespeare's two very famous comedy plays, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice challenge a very serious social issue, the role and importance of woman in society. We all know the stereotypical image of woman in the society but Shakespeare questions the society on these thoughts through his plays. While Shakespeare expresses his ideas in a very unique way in each of his plays, this issue is common in both plays and is portrayed very similarly. Whether it is the way woman are treated, portrayed or judged, Shakespeare repeats the same idea through difference acts and events between the two comedies. There are some
Women in the era of Queen Elizabeth I were often portrayed through stereotypes such as, “The Good and the Badde” by Nicholas Breton. In this work women have desired traits such as loyalty, obedience, and innocence. Undesirable traits would be just the opposite, disobedience, raunchiness, treachery, loudness, and being outspoken. The play, “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, plays heavily to these stereotypes with the two female main characters; Bianca and Kate. Whereas Kate plays the Un-quiet one in the beginning, but transitions to more of a quiet one or the good wife while Bianca plays The Virgin.
Baptista Minola, the heavy-handed father in The Taming of the Shrew, can be characterized as having difficulty expressing his love effectively to his daughters Bianca and Katherine. While Bianca is charming, tranquil, and stunning, Katherine, being the shrew of the play, is hostile, peevish, and quick witted. After raising both daughters until the day of their marriage, Baptista has been caught in the middle of their opposing characteristics. Understandingly, his actions to deal with this discrepancy can be viewed as cruel and tyrannical; however, he is a loving father that cares deeply for his daughters and their well-being. Many readers only consider Baptista’s concern for the marriage of his daughters as cruel and the amount of wealth they may inherit as greedy when describing his manner and personality, but he acts with logic in each situation and values the happiness of his daughters.
In 10 Things I Hate About You and Taming of the Shrew, there are many things that are similar and there are many differences. I will tell you about both in this paper. Oh Taming of the Shrew, "How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways." This Shakespearean play was awful to me. It was very boring and hard to follow, even for me to follow. Also, the way they portray Kat as an angry horrible woman, and that no man will love her for that upsets me. She is a strong willed woman who has her own opinion and her own love life suffers because of this.
The Taming of the shrew was just one of William Shakespeare's 4 great comedies. Taming of the shrew is based on a king named Baptista who had two daughters named Katherina and Bianca. Both daughters had arranged marriages by there father. Since Katherina was older she had to get married first. Her father chose Petruchio for her to marry. Katherina did not want to get married to Pertuchio, but Katherina did not have a choice. Katherina was very disobedient at the begging of the marriage, but Pertuchio was very determined to tame her. Katherina would not want to do anything that Pertuchio was telling her to do. But soon she found out that if she did everything that he asked her to do then she will get what she wants.
I must admit I watched the movie, 10 Things I Hate About You, a lot when I was a teenager. I did not realize until recently that the movie is a modern version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the movie, 10 Things I Hate About You, are similar, yet very different. Love, relationships, and happily ever afters looked differently in the 1500’s and in the 1990’s.
The idea of the contrapasso, or counter suffering, explains that punishments must arise from the sin itself, not the damage that the sin created. Dante’s Inferno expresses the contropasso through nine circles of Hell which are distinguished based upon the specific sin of a mortal being. The job of placing mortals into a particular circle of Hell can be an arduous, but given the opportunity to fulfill this task; Katherina from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew displays the distinct characteristics which allow her to be placed among the sinners in the Inferno. Kate’s tragic flaw of being the shrew in the play means she personifies anger. Her anger is clearly seen at the beginning of the play, but appears to lessen during the remaining acts. On the surface it can be easy to conclude that Kate is a shrew no more and her marriage has tamed her. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew contains clues which can conclude that Katherina is not tamed at the conclusion of the play and therefore she embodies the characteristics that most closely correspond to Dante’s fifth circle of hell, Anger.
The relationships between servants and masters closely reflect the gender relationships in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio and Tranio's relationship as master and servant is an ideal of the Renaissance era according to "An Homily on the State of Matrimony." Tranio risks taking the place of his master because of his love for him and Lucentio always treats him with kindness and respect, almost like an equal. Though they are not involved romantically, Lucentio and Tranio fulfill these ideals better than any marriage in The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio's relationship with Bianca reflects his role with Tranio: Bianca shows respect for Lucentio as he
When people first read The Taming of the Shrew the romantic comedy they didn't believe that shakespeare actually wrote it. Taming of the Shrew is about a play within a play that takes place somewhere around the italian renaissance but there wasn't a set place for the Taming of the Shrew. Also out of the two main characters Katherine and Percutio there is no protagonist. Another fact about The Taming of the Shrew is that the first print of the play was in 1623.
Based on my experience watching The Taming of the Shrew, I do agree with Ms. Ditor. For quite a bit of the play I was asking myself what was going to happen next, and that helped me to be more engaged in what was happening with the storytelling of the play. The aspect of wondering what was going to happen next, whether or not someone already knows the storyline and plot, it something that comes with the performance and those conducting it.
Love is one of the most powerful things in this world. People will go to great lengths to achieve another’s love. From youth we have been showered with tales of true love’s kiss and of Prince Charming breaking the Evil Queen’s curse. Time and again, we are made to see the power of love. In the play, “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, the renowned playwright takes love deeper than just passion. Shakespeare goes under the surface of love, all the way to its core. The story truly begins as Baptista Minola’s two daughters are readied for marriage: Bianca the sweet and innocent; Katherina the shrewd and curst. Men gravitate towards beautiful Bianca and flee when Katherina appears. Hortensio, a good friend of the main protagonist, Petruchio, wants to marry Bianca, in order for that to happen, Hortensio must get Petruchio to marry Katherina. Yet, Petruchio knows what he is getting himself into and he wisely sees past Katherina’s prickly outer shell. He proves that the Katherina isn’t what everyone in Padua thinks she is. Petruchio exposes the superficial problems in his society and demonstrates that respect and love are one and the same. Furthermore, Petruchio’s determination and heart allows him to woo the girl, marry her and activate the Taming of the Shrew.
Transformation through the use of physical disguises plays a central role in Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Many characters assume physical disguises only to reveal their true personalities in the end. Sly, the drunkard, becomes a nobleman by being "wrapped in sweet clothes"(Ind.1.135-43). To woo Bianca, Lucentio and Hortensio disguise themselves as teachers by changing their clothes. The ease with which each character assumes physical disguises to transgress social barriers suggests that people often play false roles in life to achieve their personal goals. The play thus poses the question of whether clothes and other material objects can change a person. When Tranio, disguised as Lucentio, meets Vincentio, he and Lucentio
What happens when two fouled tongue and short tempered human beings gets married and try to get dominate each other? In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, the shrew, Katherine is compelled to marry the severe Petruchio, whose ravenousness for Katherine 's settlement is coordinated just by his nonchalance for her contentious mentality. To start with, Katherine is unwilling to comply with her new spouse, yet after a whirlwind of trials set up by Petruchio, she comes to comply with his orders. Despite the fact that some contend that Katherine truly warms to Petruchio 's summoning character by the play 's end, she just obeys Petruchio in light of the fact that he makes her understand that to obey him. As the play proceeds onward, Petruchio pushes Katherine to transform from her introductory conduct as a boisterous, defiant wench into her acting part as a respectful, attentive wife.