The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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The Taming of the Shrew, written by William Shakespeare, is historical proof that flirting and temptation, relating to the opposite sex, has been around since the earliest of times. Because males and females continue to interact, the complications in this play remain as relevant and humorous today as they did to Elizabethan audiences. This is a very fun play, full of comedy and sexual remarks. It's lasting impression imprints itself into the minds of its readers, for it is an unforgettable story of sex, flirting, and happiness. 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. "He chooses Kate as he would a horse, for her high mettle, and he must use at least as much intelligence and energy in bringing her trust to him, as he would in breaking a horse…" (Greer 40). Shakespeare also uses this recurring theme later in The Comedy of Errors, when Luciana reminds Adriana that " men are masters of their females" (The Comedy Of Errors). ... ... middle of paper ... ... Handbook. 1987. 100-101. Spurgeon, Caroline F.E. "Imagery Establishes Atmosphere and Background in the Comedies." Readings on William Shakespeare The Comedies. Ed. Bruno Leone. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997. 62-71. Spurgeon, Caroline F.E. Shakespeare's Imagery and What It Tells Us. New York: The Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, 1981. 286-287. "The Taming of the Shrew." Shakespeare A to Z. 1990. 623-629. "The Taming of the Shrew." The Shakespeare Handbook. 1987. 96-97. "The Taming of the Shrew ." Masterpieces of World Literature. 1989. 837-840. "The Taming of the Shrew." Moulton's Library of Literary Criticism. Vol.1. 1966. 212-214. Van Doren, Mark. "The Taming of the Shrew is a Farce." Readings on William Shakespeare The Comedies. Ed. Bruno Leone. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997. 87-91.
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