Theme Of Sexism In The Taming Of The Shrew

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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…show more content…
Petruchio is the type of guy that would work for what he wants and does not care what it takes to get what he wants. Petruchio is good friends with one of Bianca’s suitors (Lucentio). Lucentio informed Petruchio about the Dowry (property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage) he would get if he married Katherine. Petruchio saw this as in the opportunity to help a friend and also get what he was looking for (more money). Petruchio came up with a plan to tame Katherine after meeting her and seeing how violent she was. Petruchio’s plan was to “tame” Katherine. People could argue that this play is feminist because Katherine always stayed true to herself, even after the ‘taming process’ she maintained traits that she had before being tamed and because she would still speak out and let her voice be heard. This play is a full on a sexist play because the men in the play are manipulating and deceiving women, men are not giving the women the right to make their own decisions, and lastly the stereotypes of how women should act and be are way too
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