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In Taming of the Shrew, In Katherina’s speech, lines 136-179. With what three items do you agree? Why?

I have gone over the speech line for line and can't find a single thing I can agree with. I'm not sure if I'm missing the point of if there is some hidden meaning I'm just not getting.

In Education | Asked by annabelle38
Asked from the The Taming of the Shrew study pack
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It is hard to agree with this speech because Shakespeare wrote in the 1500s when women had few rights. Women were supposed to obey their husbands and make house and raise children. Back then women would have agreed with Katherina's views. They would have thought, as Shakespeare had intended, that she had transformed from an unmarriable wench to the perfect wife. Today's world is vastly different as women have equal rights as men.

However, there are still three small things that I agree with in this speech. I agree with two things in the section below. (1) To have a threatening unkind brow and scornful glances takes away from a woman's beauty. (2) To have an angry disposition towards your husband is not amiable because it will make your company feel uncomfortable.

136     Fie, fie! unknit that threatening unkind brow,
137   And dart not scornful glances from those eyes,
138   To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor:
139   It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads,
140   Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds,
141   And in no sense is meet or amiable.

I agree with the section below as well. Often times, husbands are still the sole providers for a family. In these instances they work in unfavorable conditions in order to provide their wives who are warm, secure and safe at home with the neccisities in life and usually additonal comforts like jewlry.

148     And for thy maintenance commits his body
149   To painful labor both by sea and land,
150   To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
151   Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;

I hope this helps you!

yankee842 | 1419 days ago