By M. Jones
Shakespeare's tradition in sleek functionality is an unique examine on the interface of a historicizing literary feedback and the examine of contemporary functionality. In a serious weather that perspectives the cultural item of functionality as actual in itself, is there any element in exploring a script's unique historical past? the author argues for a dialogic knowing of Shakespeare's performs in functionality relative to unresolved problems with modernity, in a examine of recent productions on degree and reveal.
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6). We are left to assume that Kate consents verbally in church but, as a bride technically under duress, she could have a remedy in law. 23 The issue of consent is kept alive in the play through the sub-plot. 16–17; my emphasis). Many writings of the period explore the tensions between parental control and personal choice. ’ But yet for all that, cousin, let him be a handsome fellow, or else make another curtsy and say, ‘Father, as it please me’. 47–50)25 The issues of personal choice and freely given consent were particularly relevant because Protestant reformers were insisting on a greater role for parents in marriage arrangements.
Kate’s final words accompany a gesture, an outstretched ‘hand’ that is ready to ‘do him ease’ (179), a hand that needed to be freely given before it could be taken at the pre-contract stage. In a moment Petruchio will call for a kiss, ‘Why, there’s a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate’ (180) and he will confirm the validity of the marriage by taking her to bed, but these are his demands. The end of Kate’s difficult speech is a statement of autonomy, requiring an answer and in performance, even where she is sincere, may act as a reproof.
When she climbs out of the wool, the spectator sees that she is injured. There is a cut to the concurrent financial wrangling between Baptista and Bianca’s suitors, which nicely qualifies the previous shot of Petruchio’s supporting arm around the limping Kate to the surge of Nino Rota’s music. The tease of a romantic resolution is dramatically snatched as the camera cuts to a view of Petruchio steering Kate across a gallery with her arm behind her back. The cut to Baptista and the suitors watching from below aims to capture the comic effect of their wonder and disbelief that the match has been made so suddenly.
Shakespeare's culture in modern performance by M. Jones