Is Katherine Really Tamed

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Imagine marrying an uncontrollable woman and receiving the challenge to tame her. How strenuous would that be? As difficult as it sounds, it became reality in Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The notorious shrew changes her behavior from being the rude and unmanageable Katherine to the obedient wife Kate! Katherine’s unexpected and sincere transformation was the result of her heart’s desire to be loved and respected by Petruchio. Katherine is called the “shrew” by many, including her father. Being the ultimate uncontrollable woman, she fits that description very well. Constantly responding with rejection and violence, she is rude to anyone and everyone. Katherine is filled with words of violence in the first act. “To comb your noddle with three-legged stool/And paint your face, and use you like a fool (Shrew I.i.64:65).” After being scolded by Hortensio for her temper, Katherine defends herself and threatens to hit him on the head with a stool. Katherine’s temper continues through the following act. She binds her sister’s hands and torments her. Accused of jesting, Katherine strikes Bianca. “If that be jest, then all the rest was so. Strikes her (Shrew II.i.22).” L Continue...


"And be it moon or sun or what you please I know it is the moon (Shrew IV. She obeys Petruchio by not striking again, but deep down she despises him for threatening her and forcing her to obey. Katherine does not understand this transition and is confused as to why Petruchio would love her one minute and punish her the next. Katherine's feelings toward Petruchio soon change. He replies that it will be what he says it is. Katherine loved how Petruchio previously gave her attention and is very saddened to think Petruchio did not want to marry her. Nobody has ever treated Katherine with love before. She has to have her way, doing whatever she needs to get what it is that she wants. She accepts and agrees on anything and everything Petruchio tells her. Petruchio feels that he has won Kate over by taming her to be the obedient wife he wants her to be when really it is Kate that has won Petruchio's love and respect for her. At this point, it does not seem that even God can control her. "Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bedThy beauty that doth make me like thee well (Shrew II.