Was Katherina really tamed? Essay

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Upon completing reading The Taming of the Shrew mine, and probably many other peoples, answer to this question was an immediate yes, Pertruchio had tamed Katherina (Kate), reducing her to a subservient slave with little will of her own. This was largely due to the vastly different attitudes Kate expresses throughout the play.

Before going to live with Pertruchio, Kate is very strong-minded and will not allow anyone, especially Pertruchio, to be the boss of her. I see a woman may be made a fool,If she had not a spirit to resist. The speech made by Kate at the end of the play portrays her as being a completely different person; her attitudes are seemingly reversed. Such duty as the subject owes the prince Even such a woman oweth to her husband¦. However, upon further analysis of the character of Kate this view becomes more and more absurd. The main reason I question whether or not Kate is truly tamed is that the change itself is so rapid and so utterly complete.

One minute Kate is still resisting and almost insulting Pertruchio by scorning a gift to her; I never saw a better-fashiond gown, More quaint, more pleasing, nor more commendable: Belike you mean to make a puppet of me. The next minute, Kate simply believes anything Pertruchio says and obeys any orders given to her; PETRUCHIO: I say it is the moon. KATHERINA: I know it is the moon. PETRUCHIO: Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun. KATHERINA: Then, God be blessd, it is the blessed sun.

It seems to me that there are a number of other possible interpretations of the play; Kate has not been tamed, she has found that love of Pertruchio has tamed her, Kate and Pertruchio begin to work together to get the better of others or Kate has adopted a Machiavellian manner of behaviour in order to get her own way. Kate displays each of these traits at some point in the play, or it is at least implied that she could. At the very start of the play, Kate can easily be portrayed as a typical shrew, who simply insults whoever she wishes.

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