Masculinity In The Taming Of The Shrew

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Shakespeare's stance on the value of a woman and a man's masculinity has been widely debated throughout many years.

Though, many of Shakespeare's works portray a strong female character that has superiority in matters of love and portrays the male as unreliable and are made out as fools (Thrasher 40), however, this portrayal is not consistent throughout every piece of work. It can be inferred that Shakespeare's wavering stance on gender roles and who holds the power is stemmed from his personal experiences and how he places value on power. It can be inferred that Shakesphere has the perception that a gentleman was a title that one earned by obtaining wealth. By creating a powerful female character, Lady Macbeth, Shakespeare develops the relationship between gender's ability to establish power as an important theme in Macbeth.

Throughout Shakespeare's work, he addresses masculinity - or lack of- in manhood and womanhood, revealing the power play within gender roles. In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare heightens the common standard, women being obedient to their husbands, by describing the proper role of a wife: “Even such woman oweth to her husband...They are bound to
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Lady Macbeth is requesting the spirits to rid her of her feminine nature and asking for them to make her more manly, this request represents the gender and power role Lady Macbeth has in the relationship/marriage between her and Macbeth. Lady Macbeth holds a dominant position in the marriage between her and Macbeth, as well as, a dominant position in the decisions that the couple makes. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth as a symbol of power. Lady Macbeth, a woman, portrays many masculine attributes throughout the play and seems to constantly defy the expectations and limitations of her own gender. Shakespeare uses Lady Macbeth to show his perception of how gender establishes

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