Kate's Speech: Taming of the Shrew

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In the playwright, “Taming of the Shrew”, Shakespeare uses irony and satire to delight the audience into addressing on how a woman is to behave. Katherine Minola, in the beginning of the play, was a perfect example of what a “shrew” is. In the end of the play she was completely turned around, or “tamed” as they say it, into a humble, docile person or is she? Katherine isn’t the type to back down. She is a fierce, independent woman who does not need any man. Her independence and headstrong attitude implies that she is having difficulties fitting in with society. Among the suitors she is “famous for [having] a scolding tongue” and would never think twice about marrying her. Instead, they are more enamoured towards her younger sister who is the exact opposite of her sister. It so happens that Petruchio is looking for a wealthy bride and does not care about her behavior. Near the end of the play, Kate displays her submissive self through her monologue of how a woman should act around her husband. What’s ironic about the speech is that it isn’t docile at all. As she starts the beginning of her speech with, “Fie, fie! Unknit that threatening unkind brow”, it is amazing that she still holds that same authority, preventing the widow and Bianca from interrupting. She uses language such as “unable worms” and “graceless traitor” where as a proper Elizabethean wife would never use such foul language. Furthermore, throughout the duration of her speech, not one person had dared to interrupt. Katherine has spent all her lifetime filling in the character of a shrew that it would be hard to break her out of that habit. Her speech was for show, knowing that she will be at an
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