the play focuses principally on the romantic relationships between men and women as they develop from initial interest into marriage. In this respect, the play is a typical romantic comedy.
However, unlike other Shakespearean comedies, The Taming of the Shrew does not conclude its examination of love and marriage with the wedding. Rather, it offers a significant glimpse into the future lives of married couples, one that serves to round out its exploration of the social dimension of love.
how economic considerations determine who marries whom
The play tends to explore romantic relationships from
a social perspective, addressing the institutions of
courtship and marriage
the play focuses on how courtship affects not just the
lovers themselves, but also their parents, their servants,
and their friends
marriage becomes a transaction involving
the transfer of money
Numerous textual examples of male supremacy can be found in The Shrew, especially reverberated by Petruccio
The Shrew has divided interpreters between those who wish to excuse or celebrate Petruccio's behaviour towards Kate and those who wish to condemn it
Many commentators have related Katherine's speech on marriage to wider Elizabethan doctrines of authority and social subordination
the play remains profoundly divided as to whether her submission is to be accepted and welcomed at face value or whether the play suggests it is to be viewed with scepticism, irony, or even revulsion