William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew

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William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

"The Taming of the Shrew" could either be seen as offensive or
acceptable to women dependant upon the era of which they lived (16th
century-the period of Shakespeare, or the 21st century). Act 4 Scene 1
is a main focal point to debate whether the play is seen as offensive
to women.

In Shakespeare's time, women were not treated humanely but more like
objects. Men were seen as the superior sex of which had complete
control over women and could marry who ever they wanted. The women had
no say in who they married. Basically the two sexes were not treated
equally. Also women could not go to school, but had to stay at home to
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" Act 4
Scene 1, Line 172-4.

Throughout this speech Petruchio is revealing his plan , which he
hopes will tame Katherina. This quote means Petruchio still isn't
feeding Katherina and wont until she submits, therefore she will never
look upon him. This could again think be very offensive as Petruchio
is not treating Katherina as a human, but as a bird of prey (wild

Other examples of how badly women were treated at that time can be
seen in Act 2 Scene 1;

"Then tell me, if I get your daughter's love, What dowry shall I have
with her to wife?" Petruchio-Act 2 Scene 1, Line 118-9

"After my death, the one half of my lands, And in possession twenty
thousand crowns." Baptista-Act 2 Scene 1, Line 120-1

Not only is Katherina being tamed but before hand she is being
auctioned off by her father to the highest bidder. These quotes show
Petruchio asking what he will receive if he wins the love of
Baptista's daughter (Katherina), and Baptista replies half his land
when he dies and twenty thousand crowns because of her temper. So
overall Baptista is happy to get rid of Katherina and Petruchio is
happy to get his wealth. This could be seen as offensive to women
because they are also shown as objects fit for auction. Also Petruchio
and Baptista are only thinking of whats in it for them and their

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