The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, and has been the subject of much scholarly research. This project explores the folktale origins of The Taming of the Shrew in the context of gender roles within upper-class society in Elizabethan England. My contention is that with the awareness of the type 901 folktale, the interpretation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew can be further expanded through cultural, historical, and gender analysis. While the methods of “taming” unruly women change through time and culture, society will still attempt to reform women who do not act in accordance with their appropriate gender roles.
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