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The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
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Jun 16, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: thebard, theplayisthething, womenareamystery

This is the way to kill a wife, with kindness.

Some consider this play sexist, I have no idea why:

Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintence commits his body
To painful labor both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst though liest warm at home, secure and safe,
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience-
Too little payment for so great a debt.
Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
And not obedient to his honest will,
What is she but a foul contending rebel
And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
I am ashamed that women are so simple
To offer war where they should kneel for peace,
Or seek for rule, supremacy, and sway
When they are bound to serve, love, and obey."
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Steven I have definitely heard that school of thought is out there and you are no doubt correct that it is likely the intent of the speech. I know some have noted the irony is from the whole idea of "women controlling men by appearing to obey them" thing. Interesting all around.


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