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As a comedy The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare deals with a lot of very real issues It speaks of the winners and losers on the marriage market and asks us many serious moral questions Shakespeare presents us with two main views on love and marriage - male dominance and money - the dowry for marriage and wealth as a measurement of partner suitability For the age in which it was written it is an accurate depiction of love life and marriage but nowadays such actions as to tame a shrew would not be tolerated to begin with in the unlikely event that such a situation may ever occurWe are presented with a battle between three wealthy men Lucentio Hortensio and Gremio for the beautiful and sweet Biancas hand in marriage On the other side there is her elder sister Katherina a wild tongued shrew whom no-one will marry let alone go near From the beginning Baptista the father verifies his case Gentlemen importune me no further for how I firmly am resolved you know That is not to bestow my youngest daughter before I have a husband for the elder If either or both of you love Katherina because I know and love you well leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure In this simple tale Shakespeare yet again speaks of the times - a male dominated world where girls grow up to their fathers demands and as young women aspire to wed a suitable husband - as chosen by the fatherShakespeare gives us a new turn on his views of love and marriage enter Petruchio By using two tones light-hearted rhyme and colloquial expressions with strong repetitions a devil a devil the devils dam and stressed endings tamed cursed Shakespeare creates an ambiance of mixed emotions Petruchio a strong-willed eccentric lays down his own rules for love and marriage including the taming of his wife Katherina heralded a
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