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Shakespeare Goes to Jail
Transcript of Shakespeare Goes to Jail
This is what rights during Shakespeare's time looked like...
Now we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms...
The Taming of the Shrew
We're going to play a little game...
What I need...
5 Jury Members
1 Mouse clicker
Chosen with the help of...
The Honourable Judge Findley
The rest of the classes' patience and attention
The Merchant &
Act 2, Scene 1: Abuse and interrogation
of her sister Bianca
Bianca states that she had her hands bound
and was verbally and psychically abused by
her older sister.
Baptista, Kate's Father, states that he had to
break the two apart to save the fragility of
his youngest daughter Bianca.
This is in violation of The Canadian Charter
of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees
the security of the person.
Act 4: Petruchio's treatment of Kate, and illegal
Suitor to Bianca, Gremio states that upon the
wedding ceremony of Petruchio & Kate, both
parties were not in agreement when entering the
Servant to Petruchio, Gremio (Petruchio has had
previous charges of slavery) states that the "bride"
underwent harsh treatment such as being starved
and forbidden to see her family.
This is in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms, which states that everyone has the
right NOT to be subjected to cruel or unusal punishment.
Act 1, Scene 1 & Act 4, Scene 4: Identity Theft
Lucentio (under investigation), states that he "traded"
places with Tranio in order to win Bianca's love. To this
he also adds that there was much pressure for Tranio to
do this favour for him.
Tranio states that he hired "The Merchant" to play his
Father, in order to commit the fraud needed to have
Lucentio marry Bianca. As he was subject to great
pressure by Lucentio, he in turn, put the Merchant
This violates the Canadian Criminal Code, which states
that indentity theft violates the security of the person.
Act 1, Scene 1: Aiding of an accused criminal
Lucentio states that he had told Biondello on one
occasion that he had committed murder, and needed
help to protect his identity, to which Biondello
This is in violation of the Canadian Criminal Code,
which states that aiding an accused criminal, unless
under duress, is in violation of the security of the
The Whole Play: Commits age and sex discrimination
Participates in the practice of slavery
Gremio, suitor to Bianca, states that Baptista would
not grant his younger daughter, Bianca, the right to
marry until her older sister, Kate, had been married off.
Hortensio, suitor to Bianca, states he took part in a mad
bid to own Bianca as a wife, and that Baptista wagered
with himself, Gremio, and one other whose indentity
has been called into question. To see who could provide
the most "funds" in exchange for his daughter.
This is in violation of the Canadia Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, which states that every individual is equal
under Canadian Law. It is also a violation of the Criminal
Code which states that, no one should be sold into slavery,
as this is considered cruel and unusal punishment.
Modern day society is better off due to the rights we have that save us from the everyday behaviors