Cloaked in the ascription to patriarchy, The Taming of the Shrew instead describes the ridiculousness of gender inequity.
Shakespeare's commitment to farce and satire are evident in the Heroes occur -- within the conventions of Western drama and Western literature more generally -- within the context of tragedy, for it is the stresses of tragic situations that (typically) allow for heroism to arise.
According to him, Kate fully belongs to him and not as a person but along with his other possessions, ranging from domestic animals to the household objects: "But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
/ Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; / I will be master of what is mine own: / She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, / My household stuff, my field, my barn, / My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing."(Shakespeare, 52) Women were thus seen as mere parts of the household, like the pieces of furniture that can be completely controlled by the husband.
Pretending to do her will in everything and to seek only her absolute contentment, Petruchio exercises Kate's patience by letting her famish and by depriving her of sleep, under the pretense that the food is not good enough for her and the bed not well made.
He then calls the tailor over, offering her beautiful and costly attires with which he again finds fault and consequently refuses to buy them.
As Valerie Traub notes, "early modern England was a culture of contradictions, with official ideology often challenged by actual social practice," and Midsummer makes this exceedingly clear (131).
Introduction Ryan Pow How does Katherina in 'The Taming Of The Shrew' change and develop as the play progresses?
This includes her father who clearly favours Bianca. Her father states that no one shall marry his youngest daughter (Bianca) until he finds a husband for Kate. She's too rough for me.' Says Gremio, L.55, in response to Baptista's suggestion about finding a suitor for Kate, L.48-54.
This obviously shows he doesn't like her much if he feels she should be treated like a prostitute, Hortensio then says, L.59-60, 'No mates for you unless you were of a gentler milder mould.' Obviously Gremio isn't the only one who believes she is too 'rough'.