Essay on The Taming Of The Shrew : Film And The Play
William Shakespeare wrote a play called the Taming of the Shrew in the 16th century. This is a story about a woman’s general role in the 16th century. Marriage in 16th century was marriage of convenience. Women just followed men and there were no complaints in general. In the play, Petruchio, who is the main character, tames Kate, the daughter of a rich man, in hopes of having her to wed so that he may collect her father’s dowry. Kate begins as stubborn and strong so it is hard to control her, but through the masculine demands of her new husband, she soon begins to be submissive. After Petruchio’s intensive taming process, Kate became a traditional 16th century’s wife. 400 years later, Franco Zeffirelli decided to make a film based on the play. There are significant changes such as the plot and characterization between the two versions.
The original play shows the battle between the sexes. This occurs when Petruchio gets power and tames Kate in various ways. Later, he wanted to show all people to see changed Kate. This was after Kate had lost her power, and just followed him. Kate was like Rosa Parks before she met Petruchio. She was bold. In the play, people including her family were surprised and laughed at him.
There is a scene in the play that shows that Petruchio demands to play a game to see how Kate’s attitude changed. Petruchio wants to show exactly how well he tamed her in front of the men. Then, Petruchio asks Lucentio…