The Taming Of The Shrew: An Analysis

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To begin with, in the play The Taming of The Shrew by William Shakespeare different struggles and situations occur within and throughout each character. Katherine the main character faces plenty of challenges that affect her in a physical, mental and emotional manner. She is not the only one who alone contributes to this challenge because Petruchio and Bianca suffer numerous problems as well. In the daily lives of men and women, both are startled with choices and decisions of what each role should play. Where the men become overtaking, and manipulating with their partner and are an immense influence on the decisions that woman make. Women don’t have a voice and their only duty is to serve their husbands. In the play the character Katherine …show more content…
678) which the quote correctly attributes of the male dominated society that Katherine belongs in. At the end of the play Katherine being headstrong isn’t important anymore due to the speech Katherine recites at the end. The speech is an appropriate illustration of a mentally ill woman, influenced by the role that women and men should play. Also being forced to be married off affects Katherine. If Katherine dare act out the consequence is to be labeled as a woman that is “Forward, peevish, sullen, sour, and not obedient to his honest will, what is she but a foul contending rebel And graceless traitor to her loving lord? (Crowther, page 247), which the label is connected to the first quote that is stating that women believing in the principle of being feminine and headstrong were given a low status in the system and were not allowed to explore that knowledge and make their own decision. In the play there are aspects where Katherine …show more content…
Moments increasing Bianca’s ability to manipulate those around her. Baptista’s influence of his daughter and Petruchio’s struggle with mental illness and manipulating Katherine. Katherine acting in a headstrong manner is her advantage but in the moments of manipulation and hindering mental illness it isn’t there anymore and her behavior is completely hindered by the people surrounding her life. Katherine is a character manipulated and hindered by the situations occurring which affect her to the point where Katherine is mentally changed and although there will be many that argue that these women aren’t being crushed. They are crushed, control and transformed into characters that are unrecognizable and lack personality. They face situations, and moments affecting their mental, emotional and physical manners. The contrasting individuals in Katherine’s life cause challenges that Katherine has to endure. From the principles of the time period to the expectations of a women, not allowed to have a voice and men influencing women and making all of the decisions for them. These characters face the challenges, but the character affected the most is Katherine. Katherine is a victim of changes occurring to her mentality, a victim of manipulation and the principles of the time period. A victim of the changes that transform

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