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Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew Paper I believe that Shakespeare had a very little understanding of women In this play The Taming of the Shrew the women seem very flat There is Kate she is the proverbial witchy woman The butt of jokes men think of while sitting around a campfire discussing their troubles with women or the woman everyman wants to go out with and conquer to prove how really macho he is Then there is Bianca she portrays everymans fantasy of the prefect woman Her youth beauty and charm desired in his world And finally the woman Hortensio marries the Widow The widow is the sugar mama of the group The lazy male fantasy of having a woman to love and take care of you at the same time My first example of the static characters of women as portrayed by Shakespeare is Kate I believe it is a male fantasy of sorts to be the one who could tame the untamable I also believe Shakespeare probably shared this fantasy unless my other theories of his sexuality turn out to be true This is accomplished through Uber-male Petruchio A quote that shows this is on page 83 line136 So I to her and so she yields to me for I am rough and woo not like a babe This shows how Petruchio is convinced hes gods gift to women And also portrays the male fantasy of domination My next example would be Bianca She is quiet beautiful and weak Everything diserable to the men around Later we find out its somewhat an act but we wont mention this for my papers sake She appears weak in beginning when she has had her hands tide by Kate and is being beaten by her ActII page 78 line1 good sister wrong me not nor yourself to make a bondmaid and a slave of me This is Bianca showing off how weak she is being
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