Authority in Marriage in the play the taming of the shrew and the wife of Bath
Marriage is an important element in the play “The Taming of the Shrew” which indicates that woman should obey her husband, her lord, in order to lead a successful marital relationship. In other words, woman is simply a commodity belongs to her husband with no autonomy while man controls everything from economy to freedom of thinking and speaking. However, one of the best-known tales of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales “The Wife of Bath” also plays with the same marriage theme and discusses about the authority in marriage but provides a contrast opinion. The wife of Bath indicates that woman should hold back sex in order to gain authority in marriage. Sex becomes a tool to exchange for wealth and wealth ensures the autonomy of woman in the marriage. What’s interesting is that these two plays hold contrast views toward marriage, the taming of the shrew indicates that woman should be a hundred percent obedient to her husband while the wife of Bath believes that woman should be given a hundred percent freedom in order to reach a happy marriage, but both regard marriage as a commodity to trade or to exchange. I think it will be interesting to try to deal with the topic- the authority of marriage- by comparing and contrasting these two great works.
Second. Theme of domestication
A. The Taming of the Shrew
Domestication is a word which describes the process of training an animal into accepting human’s order and behaving in an appropriate behavior. This process can be clearly seen from the word “tam” in the topic. This play consists of Petruchio’s great attempts to tam Katherine. Katherine is frequently described as a wild animal that must be domesticated. On the other hand, Petruchio considers himself as a tamer who have the authority to train his wife. Petruchio talks about the training process of Katherine like a “falcon” and...