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What seems to be Shakespeare’s view of marriage in The Taming of the Shrew and of the role of women in marriage?

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In Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the Shrew, it might seem that the author's view of marriage is traditional. Petruchio appears to be dominant in the marriage.

When Petruchio marries Kate, he controls many aspects of her life, allowing her little freedom. In time she seems tamed. Petruchio...

...subjects her to humiliation by not allowing her to eat, sleep, or wear proper clothing for her visit back home.

Is Kate truly tamed? She does obey her husband when the other new wives ignore theirs, and scolds each woman for not obeying her spouse. This is certainly not the Kate we met in Act One. There are several interpretations of Kate's behavior at the end of the play.

The first viewpoint is that Kate has lost her fire and is now a subservient wife:

Some people view Kate as thoroughly brainwashed and dominated by Petruchio.

Others argue that this is not Kate's true self at all, but a performance that she is putting on based on Petruchio's dictates. She does what she is told, but her heart is not...

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