The Taming of The Shrew is a comedy play by William Shakespeare that takes place in Padua. You could argue that the story is very feminist, but it is for sure a sexist play. What is “sexism” you might ask? Sexism is unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women. The play is all about men manipulating women and making them something they are not. It all starts with the beautiful and kind Bianca which is the sister of the awful bad-tempered shrew also known as Katherina. Their father Baptista is a very uptight person. Baptista starts getting worried for his youngest daughter Bianca when all these men come to their house looking to marry Bianca. In a moment of despair Baptista decides that the only way Bianca can get married is if her older sister Katherina gets married first. This was a brilliant decision Baptista took
The father is trying to marry off his daughters, and one of them, Katherine, is considered a shrew by the people in the Padua, Italy. His other daughter, Bianca, is the younger sister, and the people of Padua, see her as sweet and kind, and many people such as Lucentio, Hortensio, and Gremio want to marry her, but her father does not allow her to marry until Katherine gets married. Lucentio then comes up with an idea and tries to convince his friend Petruchio to marry Katherine. Petruchio agrees because he is out money and he needs to a marry a rich woman. Later, Petruchio marries Katherine, and she changes the way she acts at the end of the play.
When being told a tale, perspective is key to developing thoughts and opinions about the story. Such an argument is often applied to the farcical play The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, where Petruchio takes the hand of the devilish Katherine in marriage. Although displayed as a figure unworthy of love, Katherine grows soft and humane through her marriage with Petruchio. In spite of that, some view Petruchio as a figure of force and suppression towards Katherine, who they see as a subservient character, due to their interpretation of his actions as inhumane and unfeeling. However, based upon the ends that these actions achieve, many readers believe otherwise.
The two stories that are being compared are, Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I hate about you. Taming of the shrew is a play written by William Shakespeare about a woman named Kathrin who knows as a shrew and gets tamed by a wealthy man that’s named Petruchio who try’s to tame “A shrew.” Then there’s ten things about you that is a remake of Taming of the Shrew, but it’s placed in a high school that’s in the 90’s and theses two girls are sisters, Kate and Bianca, what ever Kate does then Bianca can do it, and Kate is the “shrew.” The difference between the relationship of Kate and Petruchio in the play Taming of the Shrew and 10 things I hate about you is seen through Petruchio’s motivation to be with Katherine. This ultimately influences the way Katherine responds to him and is “tamed.”
From Sexism to Social Reformation Many actions and ideologies of the characters in The Taming of the Shrew create an overarching conflict between comedy and sexism for most readers. Specifically, the relationships between the men and women introduce controversial topics such as obedience and love which must be questioned thoroughly. The conditions of Petruchio and Katherine’s marriage was more “traditional” in the sense that it was primarily patriarchal, and that Kate was expected to be subservient and obedient. While this is sexist, on the surface, this was not the intended meaning behind the works.
Ever wonder about gender roles in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? In Taming of the Shrew, the gender roles affect the characters in a rather negative way, and when they surface in the play, it’s rather shocking. This essay will discuss how gender roles affect the characters in what I believe is a negative way, and how they surface in the play.
Petruchio and Katherine are two characters in Shakespeare ’s play “Taming of the Shrew”. Petruchio was a single man with money running out looking for a rich wife. There was a situation between Katherine and her sister Bianca. Bianca couldn’t get married until Katherine did.
They claim that Katherine develops affections of appreciation and respect for Petruchio as the play goes on. Moreover, they associate Katherine’s newfound amiability and endearment to her recognition of Petruchio 's hardwork in providing for her and improving her personality. In fact, throughout the play, Katherine subtly conveys her love through slight gestures of devotion, finally manifesting all of her care for Petruchio in her final speech. After Bianca and the Widow refuse to return to their husbands in Act 5 Scene 2, Katherine’s begins her monologue, saying, “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign. One that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body to pain labor both by sea and land…
Even though the story line is about love and relationships, the fact remains that the time periods as well as the idea of relationship and marriage are very different from Shakespeare’s time and that of the 1990’s. In both the film and play, Kat Stratford and Katherina Minola make changes to better accommodate their partners. For example –Katherina changes her shrewish attitude to better suit Petruchio, and – Kat changes her negative attitude ,and same goes with Patrick, meeting half way, while changing things she dislikes about him as well. “Have you seen the unwashed miscreants that go to that school?” is a direct quote from the movie supporting Kat and her negative attitude. Walter Stratford is the single and overprotective dad to Kat and her lovely younger sister Bianca, and in his desire to not allow Bianca to date until Kat does.
Throughout history, women have always been considered inferior to men. Women are typically supposed to stay home and care for the children, quieter than men, do not need an education, and are supposed to listen and do what they are told. The men are the ones in charge. They are “always at the top”, expected to work to provide for their family, and tell their wives what to do. When reading “Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare and watching “10 Things I hate About You” directed by Gil Junger, the stereotypes and gender role of Katherine (Kat) and the sisterly relationship between Katherine (Kat) and Bianca come across.
William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” has had many art forms based off of it, for insistence “10 Things I hate about you”, directed by Gil Junger is one of them. While the plot, characters, and some themes are similar there are also many differences between the stories, allowing the audience to interpret the stories differently. The main characters in both “The Taming of the Shrew” and “10 things i hate about you” are very similar, yet so different. Katherine, known as Kat in “10 Things I hate about you”, is short-tempered with a shrewish type behaviour.
Modern day communication and relationships were vastly different but, the movie really portrayed the “lovey-dovey” aspect of The Taming of the Shrew. The movies atmosphere and era helped with that portrayal. Seeing as women were not just property but more leaning towards as actual human beings and “almost” equal in standards to men. Leading into my final subject the role of women in these
While Patrick is paid by Joey to take out Kat on a date so his is able to take out Bianca. The transformation of the characters is another similaty between Shakespeare’s play and the movie. In The Taming of the Shrew, Kate transforms from someone who rebels against all acts of conforming into an obedient and polite wife who respects her husband. In the movie Kat has a massive transformation in her views and behavior because of her experiences throughout the
In The Taming of the Shrew, sisters Kate and Bianca have a very