In the play, it is seemingly patent and manifested that no one indeed loves her. Katherina is stuck in the roles of being a woman, an independent, an unloved daughter, and a shrew. For Katherina, the more unlov... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Beck, Ervin., “Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.” The Explicator 57.1 (1998): 8-12.Print. Bender, David. Reading on The Comedies.
Additionally, she is obsequious towards Iago because of her female role and responsibility as a wife. As a result of being so obedient, she later steals the highly valued handkerchief because her husband desired it. Shakespeare utilizes Emilia to portray his negative position on marriage and the modest duty of a wife in bed, and nothing more; while developing the submissive character of Desdemona. The foil of Emilia and Desdemona, as a result of their opposing views on marriage and physiognomies of women, helps Shakespeare portray his message of women and marriage. Emilia and Iago’s position on marriage can frequently be uncovered though their reflections on both men and women.
Shakespeare wisely makes her, like the other characters, ignorant of Iago’s character. She knows that she has lost his love, and her unhappy marriage drives her to cynicism about sex; but she tries to win back her husband’s affections by carrying out his wishes, even when this involves betrayal of the mistress she loves. (41) A.C. Bradley, in his book of literary criticism, Shakespearean Tragedy, defines the character of the ancient’s wife: Few of Shakespeare’s minor characters are more distinct than Emilia, and towards few do our feelings change so much within the course of the play. Till close to the end she frequently sets one’s tooth on edge; and at the end one is ready to worship her. She nowhere shows any sign of having a bad heart; but she is common, sometimes vulgar, in minor matters far from scrupulous, blunt in perception and feeling, and quite destitute of imagination.
The Taming of the Shrew remains as relevant today because of its relation to the age-old story of the battle of the sexes and dynamics of marriage, as well as the woman's struggle with both of these. Katharina and Petruchio share an unusual relationship; he has trouble taming her, and she battles with keeping him happy, for she is now in love and is experiencing something new. "The Taming of the Shrew is sometimes seen as an account of the tyranny of man over woman, but this is a misinterpretation stemming from our distance from the assumptions of Shakespeare's day" (Shakespeare A to Z 626). The irony of their marriage is vividly expressed when it is revealed that Petruchio is merely looking for a woman who is capable enough to run his estate. In this sense, he has taken advantage of her, for she has unwillingly fallen in love.
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Rosalind’s actions, coupled with the imposed predicament of her banishment, directly and indirectly bring about the balancing of the other characters previously jostled perceptions. The main concern and ordeal that Rosalind deals with in the play is her genuine love for Orlando and her consequential fear that he is just a love-diseased youth who is in a state of mere infatuation with her. In their first encounter, Orlando is unable to even speak to Rosalind due to his acute feelings of desire and awkwardness: "What passion hangs these weights upon my tongue? I cannot speak to her, yet she urged conference. O poor Orlando, though art overthrown"(I.II.249-251).
She in act one is seemingly attentive and polite playing the part of a good Elizabethan women, she wants the good things in life however may later on we see she may not be so keen to give back to her husband. “the more fool you for laying on my duty…” she offends Lucentio calling him stupid for betting on her, she may seem tamed but she is hiding a shrewish interior. Petruchio has seemingly tamed Kate, winning her over and turning her into a perfect wife. Kate throughout the play does not get her own way, neither does she get the last word, she is constantly overshadowed by men. Kate at the end of the play finally gets to express her opinio... ... middle of paper ... ...ion into a perfect wife is too quick Throughout the Taming of the Shrew women are perceived as second class citizens, constantly talked down to by men and in the case of Petruchio only married because of the dowry.
The subservience of Katherine has been labeled as barbaric, antiquated, and generally demeaning. The play centers on her and her lack of suitors. It establishes in the first act her shrewish demeanor and its repercussions on her family. It is only with the introduction of the witty Petruchio as her suitor, that one begins to see an evolution in her character. Through an elaborate charade of humiliating behavior, Petruchio humbles her and by the end of the play, she will instruct other women on the nature of being a good and dutiful wife.
Austen satirises all these areas of life back then to show how pathetic people could be just to look better than everyone else. Jane Austen gently satirises Mrs Bennet, by showing the constant mention of her nerves and her attempt to get all her daughters married. Mrs Bennet is a miraculously tiresome character in the story. Mrs Bennet got married to Mr Bennet because of her looks not because of her brains. Mr Bennet is quite sarcastic to her; in the story when Mrs Bennet is excited about the new occupants of Netherfield estate, Mr Bennet doesn't really seem interested.