In Shakespeare’s time women were looked upon as servants, their only job was to please their husband, as their husband was the superior one of the household. Likewise, that social construct led Shakespeare to having that construct bleed over into his play, The Taming of the Shrew, where Katherine and Petruchio represent the classic patriarchal household. This speech from Katherina at the end ties in all the things that Petruchio did to her throughout the earlier acts and what it did to her characteristics as whole. She talks about the submission of women to the stronger and superior men. This section of the speech begins on line 155, where Katherine enters her line about the role the husband has in a women’s life.
Works by Dr. Samuel Jennings show the extent to which the rights of women were restricted in American society. In “The Married Lady’s Companion”, Jennings speaks directly to the wife and informs her of how she must behave around her husband. His suggestions range from “…you ought to cultivate a cheerful and happy submission…” to “As you regard your own bliss, speedily check all thoughts of this kind… If indulged, they will have bainful effect upon your temper,” (Jennings). The first suggests that women must accept their subservience to men, and the second furthers this claim by informing women that their pursuit of happiness would only worsen their attitude. Jennings goes on to say that this attitude would cause husbands to be driven away from their wives, which only supports the idea that women were there to serve their husbands.
Lastly, Lady Bracknell commands Gwendolen to leave and go to the carriage. This again shows an act of empowerment, even though Gwendolen is her daughter, Lady Bracknell still has this dominant personality and demands her to go to the carriage. In a scholarly online article, Gender Roles of Victorian Era for Men and Women, the author comments that, “a married woman was completely under the guidance and supervision of her husband. Motherhood was an achievement in the life of women, but only formally. Mothers had to be submissive and meek”.
Lucentio, aside to Tranio “But in the other 's silence do I see Maid 's mild behavior and sobriety. Peace, Tranio” (1.1.71-73) When Tranio sees Bianca for the very first time, he gives voice to the reason why men find Bianca so attractive and suitable for marriage; silence and obedience to her father make her an ideal woman and an attractive candidate for wifehood. Too bad for Lucentio that Bianca turns out to be none of these things. Curtis “By this reck 'ning, he is more shrew than she” (4.1.79). The term shrew is often reserved for railing women.
He endeavours to change the mindset of how men deem their women counterparts. Hence, placing women in an equal status to men. In the Elizabethan society, women were seen as submissive and a property to men. They had little say or value and was merely seen as something men could enjoy. Furthermore, they were expected to be obedient as well as chaste.
“Women desire to have sovereignty/ As well over their husbands as their loves/And to be in mastery them above./ This is your greatest desire, though me you kill./ Do as you like; I am here at your will” (Chaucer 1044-1048).” There is something quite significant about what happens after the knight gives this answer- the whole place was silent. And like Plato said, “silence means consent.” No one among the lady there could challenge that answer. That meant he was correct in saying that women want to have sovereignty. Indeed, women want to have the upper hand in their homes and in affairs. This can explain why the wife of the
They want their freedom. Women want their husbands to view them as equal in the relationship and not above them. As the story explains, “A woman wants the self-same sovereignty over her husband and over her lover, and master him; he must not be above her” (lines 214-216), that is what women most desire. The man in the tale is given a choice of who he would like his wife to be. She asked him if he would rather her be faithful but
The primary conflict within Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” involves Petruchio’s attempt to “tame” his wife, Katherine. conflict is obviously a person vs person confrontation and exists within their courting and marriage process. In terms of “taming,” Petruchio does not desire to help his wife overcome some form of savage mental illness or anything so valorous. Rather, he desires to assert his dominance over her hot headedness. While she is initially presented in a negative light when compared to her beautiful sister, Bianca, Katherine is then presented positively when she decides to conform to her husband’s wishes—in both behavioral and ideological fashions.
Emalia explains to Desdemona that there are certainly women who would be unfaithful to their husbands. Although she believes “it is their husbands’ faults” (86) as men become envious or hostile to their wife, women should also have “some revenge”
She speaks of all the contribution most of the women make and that men never appreciate, things that men think are the obligation of the wife. For instance, the writer says, “I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be, and who will see to it that my personal things are kept in their proper place so that I can find what I need the minute I need it” (Brady 503). This explains that, men want everything to be done by their wife, so they can only have whatever they need without doing some effort. Another example the author gives is that men want everything from women to be done, even that women have the same rights and obligations as men. Making emphasis that some men are selfish and they want everything without give something in return.
This fits into the idea of a perfect Elizabethan woman, who’s lives are subject to their husband’s rule across all aspects, to be disposed of as men wish. Each female character is treated by men as a possession. However, there are also moments when they are presented as confident and challenge a male authority. This would have been exiting for Shakespeare’s female Elizabethan audience as women