In the beginning of The Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s negative behaviour, through her character traits, gains no respect from no one. First, we see Kate’s negative behaviour in using her wit to insult everyone around her. An example of this is when Kate first meets Petruchio and very quickly, the insults are thrown. “Moved! In good time, let him that moved you hither / My remedy is then to pluck it out” (II,I,194-211).
The Taming of the Shrew is a misogynistic text. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Discuss. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is a play depicting the story of a woman, Katherina Minola, and her struggles against Petruchio, the man she was forced to marry. Petruchio forces Katherina (Kate) to change from an abrasive, bad tempered, ill mouthed shrew into a perfect, docile, honey-tongued wife.
Near the end of the play she admits to her crimes, further solidifying her guilt. Still, however guilty she may be, Lady Macbeth’s greatest skill lies in her aptitude for deception and cunning. During Macbeth, Lady Macbeth forces her husband to do her bidding and commit vile murders using a variety of methods and means. Chief amongst her tools are the arts of persuasion and deception, both of which she teaches to Macbeth. As she receives a letter from her husband, she says, “...I may pour my spirits into thine ear and chastise with the valour of my tongue all that impedes thee from the golden round”(I v 25-26), proving that she plans to convince Macbeth to remove all that impedes him from the crown, clearing the way for her to be queen.
Romm concluded that even though Agrippina may have been manipulative and ambitious she was still able to achieve what women of the era could not. The write Cat Pierro’s argues that Agrippina the Younger’s life is one that is full of mistakes, the largest of which was giving birth Nero. Pierro interpretation of Agrippina is that she was an Austere , arrogant woman that would use her sexuality to gain power. She was jealous of any woman that tried to become close to her husband and then her son, even going as so far to order the execution of a women that her husband Claudius complimented. Eventually she vilified herself enough to turn herself not only to turn her son against her but most of the court as well.
Fervent desire shields perspective on the permanence of one’s actions. In pursuit of one’s desperate aspiration, the consequences that can stem from these actions seem irrelevant. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth’s transformation from calculated manipulator to guilt-ridden madwoman demonstrates that even the coldest human beings cannot truly enjoy that which is gained from murder. At the beginning of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, a ruthless planner, shows no qualms doing what she must to achieve her goals. An opportunist, she jumps on prospects as soon as they arise.
Taming of the Shrew; Has Kate been tamed? In the beginning of the play Katherina’s behavior is exactly of what her reputation upholds; unfriendly, hot tempered and unpleasant to be around. In the opening scene Katherina portrays the typical characteristics of a “shrewish” woman has and the type of behavior someone would expect from her herself. In scene one Katherina talks back to Gremio and Hortensio when they are discussing who will potentially get to marry Bianca, only a shrewish woman will just speak or talk back without being asked to. “To comb your noodle with a three-legged stool, and paint your face, and use it like a fool.” (1.1.64) Katherina says this to Gremio and Hortensio after they insulted her; this is not acceptable for a young woman to say to a man.
The phallic language is oppressive, weighty, yet through Spero’s use of Artaud’s feverish and splintered text she alleviates and escapes it’s burden – ‘I’m literally sticking my tongue out at the world – women silenced, victimised and brutalised, hysterical, talking ‘in tongues’’ (Spero,39). In this way Spero’s response’s to and works created from Artuad, seek to subvert the symbolic order, reclaiming the womb to the masculine and the phallus to the
When Abigail cries for heaven, Proctor is infruriated and grabs her by the hair: " Whore! Whore!" He realises he must confess his sin of lechery. Any respect he had would diminish so we see how far he is willing to go. Shame-faced, he tells the judges: " I have known her."
Miranda forces her will upon Caliban, boisterously teaching “each hour/ One thing or other” to her obviously unwilling student, who wishes upon her “red plague” for making him learn her language (121). His attempted rape is no doubt caused by his own evil desires, but it is also indirectly provoked by Miranda, who although has “taught (him) language”, but his only “profit on’t / is (that he) know how to curse” (121). Hence, Caliban’s attempt “to violate (her) honour” can be rationally seen as an attempt to reverse the power dynamics – for rape is the most obvious physical manifestation of one’s urge to exert power
She calls the women “foul contending rebel[s]” and “graceless traitors” to their husbands. The fact that Katherine insulted the wives is another way she shows her dominance among the women and the unkind, look downed upon, nature that is put upon the wives. Ironically, Katherine also states that a women who do not obey her husbands are “muddy,” “ill-seeming,” and “bereft of beauty” implying that these wives are these characteristics because of their disobedience to their husbands. Using these words, Katherine patronizes and reprimands these wives publicly almost as if she was teaching them a lesson on how to be true wives. The condescending tone that Kate uses on these wives is a basically a scolding for their disobedience and also a lesson on why wives should submit to their husbands so humbly.