Marriage in "The Taming of the Shrew" Book Review by Nicky

Marriage in "The Taming of the Shrew"
A description of how marriage is represented in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."
# 128016 | 1,324 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 23, 2010 in Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew) , Women Studies (Marriage)

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This paper examines the institution of marriage as seen in William Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew." Marriage is discussed in light of the different types of marriages that took place in Shakespeare's day, those that were affectionate marriages versus economic or alliance marriages. The paper further comments that this comedy was written at a transition point in society , when the reasons for marriage were shifting, especially among the middle class. Various characters and their relationships to each other are analyzed. The paper concludes by noting the plot twist at the end of the play, where an alliance marriage becomes an affectionate marriage, and thus the model for marriage.

From the Paper:

"The main relationship discussed in the work is that of Lucentio and Bianca. Though Lucentio is able to win over Bianca, convincing her to fall in love with him the real obstacle is not Bianca but her father (Baptista), who is negotiating a business deal, as Bianca's marriage was just that a marriage of economics and alliance. Lucentio then has the burden of not only attempting to create affection in Bianco but must also convince his future father in-law that he is the best suitor in allegiance and wealth. He creatively convinces Baptista that he is handsomely wealthy as Bianco has more than one suitor (Hortensio) and as a true father of the day and the class he is bound by propriety and practicality to choose the best one to meet the future needs of the family and his daughter."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. "The Taming of the Shrew." The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. H. J. Oliver. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. 89-232.
  • Oliver, H. J., ed. The Taming of the Shrew. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.

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