Taming Of The Shrew Research Paper

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Elizabethan Era Marriages Madyson Risner ENG 142 Mrs. Holly Ledcke 12 March 2015 During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, marriages were done quite differently than the modern western wedding we’re so familiar with. Queen Elizabeth reigned over England from 1558, when she took over the throne after her half-sister’s death, until her own death in 1603. Queen Elizabeth did not hesitate to give up personal happiness in order to make her land a better place. In a way, she was “married” to her nation, and this was okay with her. In a way, Queen Elizabeth’s marriage to her nation was an example to women in this time period about how they should behave in their own marriages; totally devoted and obedient. In The Taming of the Shrew, there are two main couples in the story: Katherine and Petruchio, and Bianca and Lucentio. Because The Taming of the Shrew takes place during the time of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Bianca and Katherine were expected to be completely obedient to their husbands. Bianca knew that this was how things were done, and she did her best to make her suitors happy. She was…show more content…
Bianca was sweet and gentle, beautiful, easy-going, and obedient. More importantly, she came from a wealthy family. For these reasons, Bianca did not have a problem finding suitors. Katherine, coming from the same wealth, did not meet the bridal standards. She was nicknamed “The Shrew” because of her bad manners, quick temper, stubbornness, and hostile ways.

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