Is taming of the shrew sexist

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Vincent Lang Shakespeare/ December 2nd Taming of the Shrew Essay Is Taming of the Shrew Sexist? While reading Taming of the Shrew, written by William Shakespeare, one of the first interpretations of his play may be that it is sexist. The college dictionary definition of the noun “interpretation” is to explain or tell the meaning of, present in understandable terms. I do not interpret this play as being sexist. In the sixteenth century people’s thoughts of sexism were a lot different then peoples today. Shakespeare wrote this play as a comedy. Shakespeare entertained his audience with drama, emotion, comedy, and betrayal. One of the ways he wrote comedies was using crude humor. Which includes sexual humor. He used sexual references and jokes about men and women to entertain his audience and grab their attention in a way that they could hopefully relate. Shakespeare uses humor to not only insult women but men also. In Act four scene six Petruccio cannot tell the difference between the light of a moon and the light of a sun. When walking with Katherine they pass an old man, which he claims to be a young maid. This is just one of several examples found in this play of men being weaker or less intelligent one. For this play to be sexist it would have to only insult men or women not both. In this play Kate is less powerful, less wealthy, less cheerful, less everything than Petruchio. When the conflict with women is stressed but unequal, as it is here, we are sure justified in leveling the charge of sexism. (Linda Bamber, 1984) A woman who clearly feels this play is sexist says this quote. Part of her opinion is based on the fact that Kate is less everything to Petruchio. That Petruchio is “above” her. Is that not how it was then? When
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