The weather had broken, and the sharp wind was almost autumnal in its shrewishness
Deer proposes that Shakespeare's couple adopts the stereotypical poses of shrew and braggart--she to protest her father's willingness to sell her off to 'mercenary suitors', and he to tame her shrewishness
by 'mirroring' its 'destructiveness'.
344), he gives Cassio a reputation for drunkenness, Othello a reputation for violence, and Emilia a reputation for shrewishness
, while cultivating his own reputation as "honest Iago.
The association of male pamphleteering with "railing" was widened, through the publication of pamphlets on the "woman question" that now afforded space to female speech, to include shrewishness
At first her shrewishness
sends all suitors running away, including Petruchio, whom she dismisses because she believes she is too good for him.
To prove this point, Bailey returns to her incisive use of definitions by reminding us that shrewishness
was, in this period, a non-gendered form of class conflict: a shrew was a social outcast or newcomer of either gender, and, more importantly for Bailey, someone who challenged authority (76).
Ultimately, Katherine's arc was not one of shrewishness
to tameness, but of awkwardness to confidence, and that made this production a wish-fulfillment narrative that was not only smart and engaging, but particularly appropriate to a university setting.
In contrast to Kate's being forced to perform a gender role stipulated by social hierarchy and turning away from her inborn shrewishness
, we are made to believe that Kat always only performs the shrew against her natural tendencies, such as rebelling against the expectations of femininity that have been placed upon her.