Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare Essay

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Many works of literature have focused and questioned upon the complexity of gender roles and social statuses that can be portrayed specifically in the dramatic comedy, Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. With the continuous changing of perception of women, many people have thus debated over the methods Petruchio uses to tame his shrewish wife, Katherina, while others argued about the meaning behind Kate’s speech at the final scene of the play. Both characters, Petruchio and Kate, can be characterized as greatly assertive and audacious in their own ways, thus causing their marriage to be unstable and unpredictable at times. However, although their marriage began on shaky grounds, the relationship between Kate and Petruchio gradually evolved from one of contention and verbal sparring to one of “mutual trust and dependence” (Pearson). The unconventional relationship conveyed by both Kate and Petruchio as it evolved into the form of an alliance, thus allows Shakespeare to ridicule societal roles placed on both men and women in the Elizabethan era. As Shakespeare first establishes the relationships of his two characters, he initially describes Katherina, daughter to Baptista and sister to Bianca, as the infamous town shrew. Unlike Bianca, whose gentle and agreeable temperament makes her an ideal wife to many male suitors, Kate is “renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue,” constantly degrading and insulting those who infuriate her (I, i, 99). Due to her ill…

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