At the End of a Comedy, Marriage Is Often Used to Symbolise the Restoration of Equilibrium and Harmony After the Chaos and Confusion of the Drama. to What Extent Is This True of the Taming of the Shrew? Essay

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At the end of a comedy, marriage is often used to symbolise the restoration of equilibrium and harmony after the chaos and confusion of the drama. To what extent is this true of The Taming of the Shrew? The Taming of the Shrew is a Shakespearean comedy play where it explored the theme of marriage. Marriage may be crucial to any comedies as it is the repair to disputes and conflicts; however The Taming of the Shrew only supported this statement to a certain extent. Marriage is reaffirming the traditional social order after chaos and confusion of the comedy. Marriage is also seen as a respected institution, so it makes sense that at the end of a Shakespearean comedy play to have a wedding, as it is the climax of it. Furthermore, it symbolises all loose ends being tied up together and restoring harmony again, to the audiences’ relief. Shakespeare used a love story or plots of young lovers trying to overcome their ‘obstacles’ and difficulties. Up to this day, marriage is still used in comedies as it gives the comedic effect to the audience. Additionally, Shakespearean comedy tends to end on a happy note, very commonly with a marriage, ‘happily ever after’ or a sudden realization of the whole conflict/situation. In act III scene II, the wedding day of Pertruchio and Katherina arrives. This is an important part of the play because the structure did not follow a typical Shakespearean comedy play as the celebration of holy matrimony, meaning creating and restoring peace after a mass of tension in the plot/storyline, typically happens at the end. Katherina and Pertruchio not getting married at the end is ambiguous because it suggested that Katherina might not become the ‘shrew’ as what Pertruchio wanted. This satirises Katherina’s and Petruchio’s complicated situation. From the play, Shakespeare could be suggesting that getting married will not always secure a happy

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