tamedasshoes - 9 October 2007 Professor Mike Preston ENG...

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9 October 2007 Professor Mike Preston ENG 3563 The Tamed Shrew William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” presents a very interesting discourse in the idea of love and the practice of marriage. Shakespeare thoroughly emphasizes the doctrine of the woman’s role in a marriage to be obedient, serving, loving, and tamed. This doctrine is explicitly examined in Kate’s final speech about women and marriages. The action of the play is focused on the union of different couples, but specifically Kate and Petruchio and Lucentio and Bianca. Shakespeare depicts the realism of marriage without the use of magical islands, shipwrecks, eunuchs, or fairies and asses in a forest. Shakespeare instead plays on the aristocratic ritual of marriage, and a father finding a suitor for his daughters. The parent’s choice of suitor conflicting with the daughter’s choice does make for an interesting plot to work with and Shakespeare exploits this disagreement to add to his theme of women’s obedience within the play. Lucentio genuinely loves Bianca and decides to court her by becoming her schoolmaster, “I found the effect of love-in-idleness / And now in plainness do confess to thee, / that art to me as secret and as dear / As Anna to the Queen of Carthage was,” (Act I Scene i. lns. 152-154). However, Petruchio seeks a wife like he seeks a horse as part of his property. “I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily, then happily in Padua” (Act I Scene ii. lns. 74-75). Petruchio is a suitor because of obligation rather than out of interest. His father has left his wealth to him leaving him plenty, and he looks to live on with his
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wealth and take the next step in his life in establishing a family and an heir to his fortune. “My father dead, my fortune lives for me, / And I do hope good days and long to see”
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3563 taught by Professor Mikepreston during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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