He outlines various ideas of masculinity and manliness and what it was to be a man in Shakespeare’s time, the values men shared, rejected, feared or strove towards. On the other hand, Carol Rutter beginning here and now in the late- twentieth-century Shakespearean stage, questions and analyses the inherited pattern of dramatic representations of Shakespeare’s female figures and the ways in which some recent productions, overlook, marginalize and reveal modern prejudices towards certain female characters. The gender examination of both these Shakespearean critics could not be more different. In Taming of the Shrew, the main character Katherina is a domineering, sharp-tongued and an opinionated woman. Throughout Padua, she was widely reputed as a foul-tempered girl who constantly insulted and degraded the men around her. She is prone to such a wild display of anger that she physically attacks anyone who enrages her. Like other plays of Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew lends a lot of interpretations, onstage and the literary criticism. Moreover, according to the modern interpretation, the play is further complicated by the central issues as to what role men and women can, and should play in the society and in relationship to each other. Gender, Power, Authority & Violence in Shakespearean Drama.
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