The Taming of the Shrew: 'This is not a woman being crushed' | Stage | The Guardian
BAPTISTA Faith, gentlemen, now I play a merchant's part. And venture madly on a desperate mart. TRANIO, as Lucentio 'Twas a commodity lay fretting by you. In Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," A man named Baptista is Throughout the book, Katherine and Petruchio's relationship is marriages are put to the test when honesty is missing from relationships and deception is. The relationship between Kate and Petruchio is central to the development of The Taming of the Shrew, as both characters clearly represent and are centrally.
Petruchio, an arrogant and greedy man, arrives in Padua to seek a wife with a large dowry. Petruchio has no intentions of using wooing techniques during their short courtship to win her over, he is more concerned trying to have an obedient wife rather than a loving woman. His taming tactics can be seen as abusive or detrimental to her psychological health. They continue to banter back and forth for the remainder of Act 2, Scene 1 until Petruchio declares to everyone that they will be married on Sunday.
At this moment in time in the play, to the average audience member, it would seem unlikely that this is domestic abuse. Their insults towards each other can be seen, at most, a form of emotional abuse. Regardless of viewpoint, their relationship is far from a healthy one.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a healthy relationship is one where partners listen to each other and treat each other with respect. From what is seen of Act 2, Petruchio and Kate are unwilling to compromise and form understandings of one another.
They constantly criticize and are disrespectful towards each other.
The Taming of the Shrew: 'This is not a woman being crushed'
If Baptista had an intimate acquaintanceship or friendship with Antonio, the Baptista would have known Petruchio either by sight or name.
Petruchio only knows Kate for one scene in Act 2 before the decision is made that the two shall marry.
Their physical and verbal interactions in Act 2, Scene both reflects signs of physical abuse and illegal actions in the rules of courtly love. This couple have been left to have a conversation unsupervised, without the presence of a male family relative. It is typical of a performance of The Taming of the Shrew that Petruchio and Kate begin to wrestle and physically strike each other during their verbal battle of wits.
Touching, even holding hands, was taboo in terms of courtship. By Act 4, Petruchio finds ways to physically abuse her after she is made his wife without touching her. Petruchio frequently forbids Kate from eating and sleeping until she submits to him. At the wedding, he punches the priest and later refuses to attend the family party.
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He drags his bewildered wife through the mud to his country house, where he starves her, deprives her of sleep and contradicts every word she says. By the time they return to her father's home, the woman is meek and submissive.
When you strip The Taming of the Shrew of its comic sub-plot, in which a bevy of lovers in disguise woo a beauty, and focus on the bare bones of the story of wildcat Katherine and her "tamer" Petruchio, Shakespeare's early play looks like a nasty piece of work. Indeed, critics and academics have spent much of the past century denouncing it as barbarous, offensive and misogynistic.
Yet Shrew is remarkably popular with audiences: Either theatre-goers are secret sadists, who like nothing better than watching a spot of wife-bashing, or there's more to Shrew than meets the eye. Over the past two decades, productions have divided into two camps. On one side, performances emphasise the brutality of Kate and Petruchio's relationship. In this interpretation, Shrew can be considered, in director Edward Hall's words, "theatre of cruelty".
His all-male production inhe says, "followed the text through to its bitterest conclusion.Longer Version of Kate Meets Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, ACT, 1976
Look at what Shakespeare has written: Kate is starved of sleep, beaten, refused food. Hall doesn't think Shakespeare was being misogynistic in portraying female subjugation, but questioning the values of society. Besides, in those times, a woman was supposed to obey her husband and that is what was mostly enforced, not vice versa.
Although times have changed, deception in marriages always play a role in how strong the relationship is. Before they were married he attempted to make her believe he was in love with her, and that was his reasoning for marrying her. He actually wanted financial power from their marriage, not her. Still a shrew at the time, Katherine turned him away but her stubbornness was no match for his persistence.
He also made Katherine believe her father already consented their marriage, which turn her against her own father for a short period. Like Petruchio, Marcus also deceives his wife by lying to her.
He tells her she's crazy and is worried about nothing with his mistress. The difference between Marcus and Petruchio is that Marcus lets it slide, while Petruchio is not afraid to put Katherine in her place of an obedient wife.
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I say it is the moon that shines so bright. Say as he says, or we shall never go. I say it is the moon. I know it is the moon. He tamed her to obey and respect him, but she was deceiving him to strengthen their marriage.
Katherine knew her husband wouldn't stop forcing her to starve or sleep on the floor if she kept up with her horrible attitude towards him.