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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, explain the major truth about life that it...

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Posted June 15, 2012 at 6:47 AM via web

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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, explain the major truth about life that it reveals and how it connects to life.

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted June 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM (Answer #1)

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This play can be discussed in two ways--either in the affirmative or in the feminist views. The play is about taming a wife like one would train a dog! The moral of the story might be, "If you want a good and obedient wife, starve her, beat her, and use mind games on her to drive her crazy." For some reason, even today, people find domestic violence and abuse a hilarious type of entertainment. A positive view of the play would be that men shouldn't just go for the beautiful girls because they don't make very obedient wives. Another perspective would point out the fact that Katherine wasn't nice to anyone so she deserved the treatment that she got from Petruchio. In the end, no one comes off victorious when they treat others poorly; so, the moral truth might actually be the Golden Rule and to treat others how you would want to be treated. That way, everyone is happy and no one needs to be punished, or tamed, or messed with.

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