The Shakespeare play “The Taming of the Shrew” deals with male and societal expectations in relationships. Petruchio (one of the main characters) hears about Katherine, that she does not want to get married, and that she is a strong independent woman and is kind of like a “shrew” hence the name of the play. Petruchio is up for the challenge of making Katherine more lady like. He talks to Katherine's dad (Baptista) and hears that there will be a pretty large dowry involved if he marries Katherine since Katherine is already kind of old and Baptista really wants Bianca, his youngest daughter, to get married. Lucentio who is another main male lead character goes to Padua originally to study Philosophy, but sees Bianca and wants to pursue her and stop studying philosophy.
A more modern view of male and societal expectations in relationships is in the movie “Groundhog Day”.