Taming of the Shrew Essay

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Taming of the Shrew; Has Kate been tamed? In the beginning of the play Katherina’s behavior is exactly of what her reputation upholds; unfriendly, hot tempered and unpleasant to be around. In the opening scene Katherina portrays the typical characteristics of a “shrewish” woman has and the type of behavior someone would expect from her herself. In scene one Katherina talks back to Gremio and Hortensio when they are discussing who will potentially get to marry Bianca, only a shrewish woman will just speak or talk back without being asked to. “To comb your noodle with a three-legged stool, and paint your face, and use it like a fool.” (1.1.64) Katherina says this to Gremio and Hortensio after they insulted her; this is not acceptable for a young woman to say to a man. However and the end of the play, after Pertruchio has spend time with her, her behavior is completely different. Katherina never portrays any shrewish characteristics ever again but when Pertruchio calls for her at the end of the play, Katherina comes and asks politely why she was called, “What is your will, sir, that you send me for?” (5. 2. 101) This is an example that Pertruchio has been able to change Katherina’s attitude and that he has tamed her. Throughout the play however, even though Katherina seems like she has been tamed by Pertruchio and that she isn’t a shrew anymore, the possibility occurs that Katherina is only playing a game with Pertruchio and that once she gets what she wants she will just go back to her normal behavior again. Katherina mentions that it would break her heart not to be shrewish (INSERT QUOTE HERE). Knowing Katherina’s type of personality she is not the type of person to give up or change her mind easily so it doesn’t seem like her to give up all of a sudden and let Pertruchio just change her in that short amount of time. Even though there is no evidence of Katherina
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