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The play Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeares comedies It portrays the humorous events regarding the suiting of Kate a shrew dwelling in the city of Padua It portrays many ideas about love and marriage that do not quite fit with our current views and what we know about relationships It can be argued that the comedy of the play makes it universal but it contains some themes that will not be received in the same light as they were during Shakespeares time The comedy is still mostly universal The visual comedy in the play like Kate falling off of her horse into the mud is still universally appealing The comedy of actions is also equally universal For example Petruchios actions would be just as humorous now as they were in Shakespeares day But the situations that erupt from his actions are sometimes questionable in whether they are humorous or if they border into off-color disrespect for Kate or females in general The majority of the play is universal but I feel the major themes the play puts forth are a little outdated and lacking of respect The major theme is portrayed by the attitude towards marriage shown in Petruchio and Kates relationship First the relationship was started entirely against the wifes will and for the fiscal benefit of the husband with no intent of love involved This is especially shown when Kate walks onto the roof of her fathers house The first thing that Petruchio does is states his worries about loosing not Kate but his 20 thousand crowns that he was promised if he wed Kate Petruchio used his wife only as a stepping block and later after taming her used her as a status symbol His method of taming her was suppressive and locked her into a position she did not willingly want to be in After she was tamed she stopped speaking of her feelings and misgivings honestly and
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