Love and Money in the Times of Shakespeare
A comparison of "Taming of the Shrew" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," written by William Shakespeare and their illustration of the relationship between marriage and money.
# 118801 | 1,690 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 |
Published on Feb 24, 2010 in English (Comparison) , Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew) , Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English)
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This paper examines the two plays, "Taming of the Shrew" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," written by William Shakespeare. It explores the interplay of love, money and marriage, in Shakespeare's society, specifically the relationship between marriage and money. The paper compares the two plays and the ways in which they illustrate that marriage in Shakespearean times was thought to be a business negotiation, not a question of love.
From the Paper:"Love versus money in marriage is still a struggle that many people experience today although not in the same way as during Shakespearean times. In both The Taming of the Shrew and the Merry Wives of Windsor Shakespeare explores the many problems that seeing marriage as nothing more than a business proposition can lead to. It is clear in both plays that to some extent money must be considered as a practical matter, yet it should not be the end all be all of any marriage. Shakespeare seems to share the modern perspective that a happy marriage is not based on financial gain. With all three couples, Katherine and Petruccio, Anne and Fenton and Bianca and Lucentio, there is genuine true love. Further it is emphasized that in addition to love these couples all respect one another as individuals. These marriages are based on values that we feel are important today. The couples have similar personalities and have mutual admiration for their mates. Especially in The Taming of the Shrew these things seem particularly important. To focus solely on money it is implied can lead only to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Though written centuries ago both plays clearly support the modern notion of marriage for love instead of wealth."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dolan, Frances E. (ed.) The Taming of the Shrew: texts and contexts. Boston,MA: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1996
- Gay, Penny. As She Likes It: Shakespeare's Unruly Women. New York, NY Routledge, 1994
- Ranald, Margaret Loftus. "As Marriage Binds and Blood Breaks: English Marriage and Shakespeare". Shakespeare Quarterly Vol.30, No. 1 (1979)
- Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York, NY: Washington Square Press, 1992
- Shakespeare, William. The Merry Wives of Windsor. New York, NY: Signet Classics, 2006
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