Feminism In Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew

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Consequently, for the duration of the play The Taming of The Shrew Katherine’s behavior attributes the struggles of being a victim of problems, in addition Petruchio’s, Bianca’s manipulation remain occurring. Furthermore they are not merely victims of their individual tribulations however their struggles are ones that Katherine is additionally facing which vicissitudes her mannerisms of a feminist. The approach Katherine takes is allowing herself to remain easily influenced by her father, plus manipulated by Petruchio. The possibility of a mental illness hinders her towards being obedient when women shouldn’t be compliant to their husbands, at the same time the struggle of bipolar disorder limits her state of mind, furthermore altogether her …show more content…
The speech at the end is the illustration of a mentally ill woman, consequently influenced by the principles of submission and domesticity. In the play she is a free spirited woman in a male dominated world obliged by principles that a “Feminine principle has long been given low status in the patriarchal system of values. Hence, feeling has been so long falsely opposed to thinking, as intuition has to reason—the former supposedly subjective and so unreliable, the latter objective—that their potential for knowledge has not fully been explored” (p. 678), in addition, is labeled as a woman with her husband; and when she is forward, peevish, sullen, sour, And not obedient to his honest will, What is she but a foul contending rebel And …show more content…
Katherine drifts apart from the mannerisms of a feminist and contradicts her recurring attitudes of a feminist. Katherine is a character affected by the expectations of women in the time and setting of Verona, Italy where the play is taking place. In the time period of the play, there are not only the manipulation of Katherine and Petruchio occurring, but the development of the different puzzle pieces of bipolar disorder. The first piece of the puzzle is Petruchio meeting Katherine for the first time. During their first meeting Petruchio knows who Katherine is due to her feminist reputation and Katherine’s “Extremely bad temper”, also he knows that Katherine’s father thinks of her as someone who “When the special thing is well obtained, /That is, her love, for that is all in all” (Shakespeare 83), which describes Katherine and who she really is, although their first meeting leads to an argument between them and him accurately displaying the signs of a bipolar disorder by arguing that she is “Plain Kate,/And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst. But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom, Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate/ (for dainties are all Kate)” (Shakespeare 87), which is the first piece of the puzzle of bipolar disorder. The second piece of the puzzle displaying bipolar disorder is that their relationship isn’t domestic abuse,

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