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How would people in shakespearean times have reacted to Katherina's 'Taming'?

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library101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:35 AM via web

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How would people in shakespearean times have reacted to Katherina's 'Taming'?

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scottangus | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted January 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM (Answer #1)

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Her taming was typical to 16th Cent. marriage ideals and so would have been accepted by the audience, even the women. It followed the idea that that farther (in this case Baptista) was the 'marchant' who offered his daughter out to the highest bidder. As Baptista says in Act 2 Scene 1, 'now I play the merchants part'.

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