The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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During the Shakespearean era, obeying husbands and fathers was looked at so highly that it matched obeying the King of England; the uppermost pedestal was reserved for the Shakespearean man. Gender roles lead to the development of self-individualism which divided the men from the women by establishing a deep distrust of women into the men along with an authoritative dominance, and in hand locked women into a permanent submissive position. One of the most oppressed groups throughout history has been women, which were socially, economically, educationally and religiously oppressed during the time period of Shakespearean society. Social normality and political views has been throughout time, arguably the most extreme oppression enforcement over social outcaste subgroups. Society also held a strong grip on artists and the creative messages of the work that artist deliver to the world, which can depict a sometimes hidden, or subtle dropping of opinions of the hard hitting issues at hand during the present time period. Shakespeare is deemed as one of the greatest known writer’s in English history, not only because he was tremendously attentive towards the Elizabethan era and the diverse struggles that haunted the streets of England in everyday life’s routine, but because he did more than just take notice, as he acted upon the travesties he observed by weaving the representation of the world he came to know through his artwork, leaving the world with irreplaceable pieces of literature and insightful history of Shakespearean society. Distrust of men towards women rooted in the Shakespearean era began with the horrendous failed marriage of Mary I and Phillip II of Spain. During Mary’s ruling she tried to revive Roman Catholicism in Englan... ... middle of paper ... ...r Reference to The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra." Http:// University of Zululand. Sept. 2009. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. Gerlach, Jeanne, Rudolph Almasy, and Rebecca Daniel. "WILLA V5 - Revisiting Shakespeare and Gender." WILLA V5 - Revisiting Shakespeare and Gender. Ed. Patricia Kelly. Virginia Tech, 1996. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. Thorne, Sherri. "Shakespeare: Advocate for Women in The Taming of the Shrew." Http:// AFShakespeare.pdf. Henderson State University Department of English and Foreign Languages, 2003-2004. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. Stephen, Carmen. "Renaissance Women: An Insight into 1 Henry IV." Women and the History Plays. University of Victoria, Dec. 1996. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. .
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