Taming Of The Shrew Essay

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In Shakespeare's play, the "Taming of the Shrew", Katharina Minola, known throughout the story as a stubborn 'Shrew', progressively transforms into a compliant wife. "The Taming of the Shrew" is one of William Shakespeare's great comedies. The play starts with an induction performed by a nobleman on a drunkard named Christopher Sly who arranged for an acting troupe to perform a play called the "Taming of the Shrew". The beautiful and elegant Bianca , younger daughter of Baptista Minola, has no shortage of admirers (Lucentio, Gremio and Hortensio) but her father insists that she will not marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. Bianca's suitors persuade a money-seeker ...view middle of the document...

She constantly insults and demeans the men around her, and she displays her anger, during which she may physically attack whomever enrages her.
There were many methods that Petruchio used to tame Katharina in order to make sure that she becomes a perfect Elizabethan Era wife. The first of Petruchio's method is to disagree and oppose anything that Katharina says to try and make her more obedient. Corroboration of this methods is displayed through Petruchio's explanation of his plan. "Say that she rail; why then I’ll tell her plain She sings as sweetly as a nightingale [...] If she do bid me pack, I’ll give her thanks, As though she bid me stay by her a week. If she deny to wed, I’ll crave the day" (page 39). The evidence above proves that Petruchio plans to contradict anything Katharina suggests, he believes that if he argues that his suggestion is correct and Katharina is always wrong he can 'tame' her to always agree with anything Petruchio, or in the long run any man says.The second method of Petruchio's scheme is to starve and deprive Katharina of sleep, and sustenance. Prominent evidence of this can be found in the quote that follows.
"She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat. Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not [...] Ay, and amid this hurly I intend That all is done in reverend care of her. And, in conclusion, she shall watch all night, And if she chance to nod I’ll rail and brawl, And with the clamor keep her still awake. This is a way to kill a wife with kindness," (page 73).
It can be inferred from this quote that Petruchio wants to deprive Katharina of sleep and food; therefore energy. In order to 'tame' Katharina, one of Petruchio's methods is to make sure...

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