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The title of the play The Taming of the Shrew suggests to me that it will be about someone being forced to calm down or training another person The Taming of the Shrew is about how Petruchio tries to mould his wife Katherina into his ideal wife Over the years in which The Taming of the Shrew has been performed critics insights and opinions of the play have changed drastically The play has attracted so much opprobrium for example towards the end of the 19th Century George Bernard Shaw commented It is good to for the shrew to encounter a force like that and be brought to her senses Here he suggests that the way in which Petruchio had treated Katherina was acceptable However even Shaw seemed to have contradictory views on the play The final scene was altogether disgusting to a modern sensibility No man ca sit it out in the company without being extremely ashamed of the lord of creation moral implied in the wager and the speechput into the womens own mouth Shaws criticism of Katherinas trial speech it seems is that the centre of critical discussion of Shakespeares feisty heroines transformation As a woman I have been influenced by modern feminist criticism I can see the masculine bias in the text and appreciate the context in which Shakespeare wrote his comedy It is perhaps the problem of reading Katherina with modern sensualities which has led to the play receiving such critical discussion In Elizabethan England most weddings that took place were arranged and were based upon money Petruchio makes no bones about his desires I come to wive it wealthily then happily in Padua if wealthily then happily in Padua Money is very important to Petruchio In 1938 HB Charlton Argues that no Elizabethan or modern man or women could really hold to the underlying assumption that marriage is mainly an economic arrangement Charlton argues that we are not meant
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