Unattributed Advice To Would Be Appropriaters Of "Taming Of The Shrew".

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Appropriating of The Taming of the Shrew, altering the play and making it less sexist just to make it fit in to the 20th century would be changing the whole point of the play itself. The Taming of the Shrew reflected the 16th Century values of men and women alike, the play showed how men and women should behave towards each other. There was the whole Great Chain of Being thing, where god (who was in fact a man) would stand high up at the top, then the arch angels, the king (also a man), and then somewhere clearly below the men on the chain was the woman; it was a patriarchal society which dominated women.Women didn't play a significantly important role in society, they were just 'owned' by men and played their part in society by adapting the roles which were given to them by the world at the time; the housewife who is obedient, loyal, virtuous, and to provide heirs. A woman and her dowry would be negotiated for a perspective suitor. These social alliances were common in the commercial world of 16th Century Padua- the play's setting. The Taming of the Shrew illustrates this fact rather explicitly, they show in great detail how the society treats someone who is threatening to disrupt to The Great Chain of Being- Katherine the shrew.Katherine is a woman who refuses to accept the unwritten rules which society has placed on everyone, she refuses to sit around and be like her virtuous, seemingly perfect younger sister, Bianca. Instead, she is the opposite; she knows what she wants in life and doesn't take any crap from anybody. 20th Century views will see Katherine as being as feminist but she wasn't intentionally a feminist character, she doesn't believe in inequality between men and women and strongly opposes it. She quite literally smashes men when they annoy her, she is cunning and sly- just like what men would have been like in those days.When talking about Katherine, you would immediately think of her outrageous, sexist, partner for life- Petruchio. Petruchio is put out to be the 'Tamer' of the Shrew in the play. He is introduced to be a man who only cares for wealth and marries Katherine for the wealth which he will possess. He doesn't seem to mind that she is known to be a shrew. At their wedding, Petruchio arrives in the most embarrassing apparel which isn't even fit for a wedding; he also arrives late and pretty much drunk at his own wedding. This is perhaps when Katherine realizes that if she doesn't listen to him, she will be the one who is embarrassed in the end. After their wedding, Petruchio seems to treat Katherine as if she was nothing to him, he forces her back to his own hometown and on the way there when she falls off her horse, and he refuses to help her up again and rides off. Then when they arrive back to Petruchio's country home, he deprives her of food, sleep, and most importantly, attention.At one point of time, Petruchio even makes his little speech on how he 'owns' Katherine "I will be master of what mine own. She is my...

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