"The Taming of the Shrew" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"The Taming of the Shrew"
A look at the portrayal and fate of Kate as a representative of sexist and patriarchal Renaissance attitude toward women.
# 21479 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1994 | US
Published on Feb 28, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew)


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"This study will discuss how Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew reflects the values and concerns of the Renaissance period and culture of which it is a part. The study will focus on the contrast between the Renaissance view that women are inferior to men, and the attitude and behavior of Kate which fly in the face of that view.


The Renaissance social structure was in part based on a philosophy of male superiority: "The tripartite ideal of women's chastity, silence, and obedience was proclaimed far and wide in early modern England" (229). Kate utterly shuns such ideals. She refuses to submit, believing herself to be equal or superior to any man. Her behavior puts her in disfavor with men, who call her a "devil," indicating the severity of her unorthodox ways.


The play establishes the Renaissance conviction with respect..."

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