Comparing and contrasting "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "Taming of the Shrew".

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The battle between the sexes, a war between men and women, has been going on since the very beginning of time. The two genders have always been opposing, challenging and competing against one another. At the end of every battle, there will always be a victor. In the battle of the sexes especially, the men will always comes out victorious. Many great works of literature that's been written in the past has proved this theory valid. In the beginning of every tale and story, the women will have the winning hand, but however as we come closer near the end, the males are the ones that always come out triumphant. "The Taming of the Shrew", a play written by William Shakespeare in the year 1592 is a supporting work of literature of the theory started above. Another supporting play will be "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" written by Edward Albee in the year 1962.

The theme of both plays is the same, and it's the battle of the sexes. They will show that men, will always be the victor of the war between the two genders.

"The Taming of the Shrew", the play written by Shakespeare takes place during a time period where a shrewish woman is not accepted in society. A shrew has all of the following characteristics from loud and violent to uneducated and non-feminine. It was basically everything a woman during that time shouldn't be. Women are supposed to have class and elegance and being a shrew wasn't accepted in that specific time period.

The play was mainly about Katherine [aka Kate] and Petruccio but it also needed the supporting characters Bianca and Lucentio to make the play successful. Lucentio was a wealthy scholar who came to Padua to get an education at the University but after...