William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Taming of

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William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, is an embodiment of the context in which the text was shaped, the Renaissance. The Renaissance period was a time of progression, primarily in the areas of art, science, humanism, religion and self-awareness. The Renaissance focused on taking elements of the past including religion, art and science and adapting them to make them better. "Humanists" advocated for the freedom of the individual's intellect through acceptance and celebration. This emphasis on “individualism” however, did not proceed to influence the highly sexist views of the time, which had transgressed from previous centuries and continued through to later…show more content…
One exception to this is Katherine. Initially in the play, Katherine has a sharp tongue and has a dominating persona that she uses to hide her insecurities, but as the play evolves, Shakespeare develops the character of Katherine. Petruchio appears to have “tamed the shrew” by revealing Katherine’s true self, and maintains the dominating male role in the relationship. Many Renaissance readers would comment that the dominating member of the relationship was returned to the rightful gender; a male. Opinions just like this have influenced Shakespeare in his writing, particularly in Petruchio’s plan to tame Katherine like a falcon, as he concludes by stating ,“This is the way to kill a wife with kindness. And thus I'll curb her mad and headstrong humor.” Petruchio believes that he has the power and dominance over his wife to completely change her personality, and he is not judged or criticized for it because of the need for proper women (motherly, a virgin, obeying of her husband) within 17th century Europe. The inequality of genders can also be seen through the plot of The Taming of the Shrew. The play ultimately revolves around women, and their portrayal as objects according to the males. Petruchio seeks Katherine’s hand in marriage not for love, but merely for money, power and commodities. Before even meeting Katherine, Petruchio already wishes to marry a wealthy woman of Padua, purely for the wealth when he states, “I come to wive it
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