The Taming of the Shrew- Idea of Marriage Essay

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How does Shakespeare present the idea of marriage in The Taming Of The Shrew? The play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, written by William Shakespeare is a comedic play about the economic aspects of marriage and in some forms, profitable love. It speaks of love as a transaction rather than the passion it should hold. The play explores relationships from a social perspective; as relationship choices affects whole extended families and their households and a big part of the selection of a couple is dependent on the family’s social status. Taming of the Shrew also presents male dominance in marriage. Shakespeare has a key emphasis on the fact that relationships in the Elizabethan era reflected differently to how they are presented in the modern day; marriages were an agreement out of wealth, love is rarely involved in the arrangement. Social status and identity are fundamental ideas that Shakespeare presents in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, these ideas are evident throughout the play. Shakespeare shows this when Baptista is determining who will marry Bianca; Lucentio is chosen primarily because his family name is well known in Padua and can acquire a great deal of publicity for the Minola’s. Baptista states“A mighty man of Pisa. By report I know him well. You are very welcome, sir.” (Act II, Scene I, Line 103-4). This demonstrates how Lucentio is officially welcome to speak to Bianca as his father is of great influence and is well known by reputation throughout Padua. This is one of the ways in which Shakespeare presents the idea of Marriage in The Taming of the Shrew. Much of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ reflects the patriarchal nature of Elizabethan society. In the Elizabethan era men exercising their “rightful” dominance over women was conventional, the play was written in a patriarchal world in which the father ruled the family and the husband ruled the wife. Male
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