Compare And Contrast The Taming Of The Shrew And Romeo And Juliet

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The Father’s in Shakespeare’s plays have somewhat of a hold over their daughters. They seem to care about their daughters but they do more demanding then actually showing them that they care. The daughters have to grow up at some point in life so having their father’s approval is essential. If the fathers make it difficult then it makes the daughters want to seek out on their own and rebel. In Shakespeare’s plays we see how the fathers want what’s best for their daughters but they want to be the ones to tell them what’s best for them. There are two plays that will be compared in this essay the first is The taming of the Shrew and the other is Romeo and Juliet. Both of these pieces of literature show how the fathers attempt to control the actions …show more content…
Petruccio considers himself to be a tamer and since Katherina is seen as the “wild” one, he will be the one who tries to tame her. He sees the ordeal as taming a hawk and in order for it to know and learn then it has to be hungry. With that being said he begins to limit Katherina on things. It is not until after the wedding when he begins to really “tame” her. She has to go hours sometimes days without food. He limits her on clothes and makes sure she is wearing what he wants her to. Last is he controls when she sleeps no matter how sleepy she may get. All these things show how Petruccio has a hold on Katherina. Also it is seen that she seems to feel as though she should obey because those are her wifely duties. After their wedding when it was time for the feast. Unlike a regular wedding where the bride and groom enjoy and celebrate their joining together Petruccio makes Katherina leave. It’s like her treatment started right after they said I …show more content…
The two are in love at first sight and Romeo expresses it when he states “O sweet Juliet/ They beauty hath made me effeminate, / And in my temper softened valor’s street” (3.1.134). Trying to obey Juliet’s father puts a damper in the relationship. To her family her heart is not hers to give away. Not only does the couple go against family but they also go against religion and this is seen when they have their act of suicide. Juliet is young and innocent but not yet fourteen when the play first opens up. While Romeo is seen as a comic lover who is loved and respected. Juliet’s father is Capulet’s daughter and Romeo is Montague’s son. When Juliet was younger Paris wanted her hand in marriage and at first Capulet declined saying he wanted her to marry for “love”. He tells Paris “Too soon marred are those so early made” (1.2.13). This alone is in reference to Lay Capulet his wife because they were married at a young age. So he feels that Paris is coming too early for his daughter basically but he finally gives in. Paris doesn’t give up but he is upset when Juliet declines marrying him. He is so upset that he feels as though Juliet has betrayed him. There is a hence of violence seen when Capulet states “Hang thee, young baggage, disobedient wretch!” (3.5.160). There is violence also seen in the way he states “My fingers itch

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