Both Kahn and Cahn explain well the significance of money and the lack of importance of love in marriage in this play. These critics also help show that marriage is a dominant theme in The Taming of the Shrew, but the reasons behind marriage are certainly different than what we think of them to be in our culture today. “Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare’s Mirror of Marriage.
I had no idea that equality of the sexes had been starting during the time The Taming of the Shrew was written.
It makes me question Shakespeare’s mindset and how he truly felt about the woman’s role in a marriage.
I could not see why Kate needed to be tamed at all, but just assumed it to be the time period in which the play was written.
When I came across a book edited by Dympna Callaghan that explained that throughout the course of the sixteenth century, marriage changed to have new ideals that suggested “the equality of marriage partners, men and women,” (246), I was shocked.
The two actually marry and Petruchio uses his skills to “tame” Kate.
This comedy of Shakespeare’s covers the themes of disguise, marriage, and transformation.
The Taming of the Shrew looks into other aspects of marriage such as courtship, life after marriage, and mainly, the economic side of marriage.
The reader sees that the courtship between Petruchio and Kate is not very important, in fact, it is almost non-existent.
All it takes to reveal Tranio’s identity is for him to bump into the real Lucentio’s father, Vincentio.
We find that the clothes are not what is important, just like Petruchio implies on his wedding day, “To me she’s married, not unto my clothes,” line 111.