TheTaming of the Shrew: Organized Religion and Obedience Essay

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All popular organized religions have had a profound impact on male-female relationships. Each has a set of rules to be obeyed related to the roles of wives towards husbands and husbands towards wives. All seem to agree that in a marriage the wife must obey her husband.

William Shakespeare in his play, The Taming Of The Shrew, explores this concept of obeying one's husband within the husband/wife relationship. The play challenges the current feminine attitude towards the marital vows of "honor and obey." Looking at the play from a strictly religions standpoint, one may see Katherine as a shrewish wife with a strong need to be tamed. Although a strong Christian presence serves as a backdrop to the play, it would be interesting to
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Otherwise, it would be similar to voting for a president, but not giving him the rights to rule a country. God says in the Qur'an:

The wives rights (with regards to their husbands) are equal to the (husband's) rights with regard to them, although men have a degree (of advantage) over them. Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise.

(Qur'an 2:228)

Although this verse from Surat Al-Baqara might sound discriminating towards women at first glance, it is in fact full of hidden wisdom. For example, living in today's society, can one imagine doing anything without the supervision of a leader? Even our teachers in high school always emphasized the importance of leaders and leadership. In the workforce, every company has a president, every project has a project manager, and every division has a director. Globally, every school has a principal, every city has a mayor, every state has a governor, and every country has a president. Why should marriage be any different? In fact, since marriage is a much important project, the emphasis on leadership should be greater.

Also, since in an Islamic marriage a man has the bigger responsibility of providing for the family financially, mentally, physically, emotionally, and morally, he is in front of god the leader of the relationship. Keeping that in mind, the purpose of obedience in the relationship is to keep the family unit running as smoothly as possible. The man has been given the right to be obeyed because he is