The Taming of the Shrew

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on August 30, 2012

Dear Year 10,

As you have seen both versions of the play, we have explored the themes of the text and have discussed them in class as well.

We will now look at specific characters. For this activity in particular, I want you to pretend that you are Katherina. Write a letter to Petruchio describing your feelings for him from the beginning right up to the end where you gave that marvellous speech at Bianca’s wedding banquet.

Think about your role as a ‘shrew’. How does that conflict or change over time with Petruchio? I expect at least 400- 500 words. Maybe do this activity on a word document before posting it.

I wish you the very best as you begin this class challenge and if you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lots of love,

Miss T


7 responses to “DEAR PETRUCHIO

  1. Decklan says:

    Dear Petruchio,
    At first I never loved you, you were an arrogant stuck up pig and always had to have your way, you were bribed by my father and put money before me, this offended me and I am still annoyed to this day. When I first saw you I was terrified. You were a disorderly drunkard and I instantly knew you would not care about me like any other ordinary human being would or should. The wedding you made me attend was horrid, your suit was stupid, the people were fake, your entrance was ridiculous and you made me feel like a complete and utter fool. The only part I was particularly enjoying was the reception in which when all was going well you plucked me from it all made a grand and humiliating speech, snatched me away and with out a moment to spare. It was raining I had no clothes or anything to keep me warm. As we got closer to your “castle” with your “slaves” I was getting more and more concerned about how I would get butchered by your aggression. Your slaves made me an amazing dinner in which you threw back at them with aggression and self-righteous anger. I was greatly upset at this. I then proceeded to muster up the courage to effectively and swiftly ascend the flight of stairs into my bedroom chamber. You followed shortly after and proceeded to try and “seduce me” I sternly told you no, you got angry and slept out side. I then woke up and started cleaning in the morning but still ignoring you. You then thought you try to be nice to me by fitting me with an amazing dress and hat, just as quickly as it was handed to me it was snatched from me and destroyed with much glee. I had already been angry before I then raged and proceeded to cry. You did not even care about how I felt or what I had given up and gone through to try and make this arranged marriage work for my father and my sister Bianca. I then thought of an idea, if did everything neutrally and decided not to be aggressive and become a little more submissive that you might have a little sympathy on me. This worked and with much practice I perfected it. You were obviously impressed and I was starting to thing this relationship may just work. What I am trying to get out of this message to you is that you treated me bad and I hated you. Now I think (slowly) I am starting to fall for you… As time progresses maybe this will work.
    Sincerely yours,

  2. Shanae says:

    Dear Petruchio
    When I first met you I wasn’t sure if we could ever get on. You were so similar in your ways to me that I thought we would constantly bang heads and to begin with we did. I hated you for months. You were so mean to me, not letting me eat or sleep. When I would chuck a tantrum you would just chuck one right back. I found it unbearable. You would dangle treats in front of me and then just as quickly you would snatch them back away. I was isolated from everyone I knew back in your house and I hated that. I didn’t know if things would ever change. Every night I would think about stealing a horse and running away, I thought about living in the country away were you would never be able to find me. After many weeks however something changed in me I suddenly viewed you in a whole new light. I was beginning to see the error of my ways. I realized that you were not the enemy but someone for me to befriend. I saw that when I was nice, you were nice and when I was nasty, you were nasty. I decided it was time for me to change my behavior and become the caring person I once was many years ago. For a few more weeks you tested my new found behavior and attitude and this annoyed me. Many times I came very close to snapping and returning back to the old me but I held my tongue. It was Bianca’s wedding day. I believe this was the absolute final turning point in our marriage. It was a cold day and we were riding back to Padua. When we came across Lucentio’s father, you ordered me to say embarrassing things to the poor old man as another one of your stupid tests. This irritated me but as usual I went along with it and I could see the shock on your face after I did it. It was by far one of the worst tests you had tried; I believe this was what convinced you that I had truly changed my ways. Later at the wedding I wanted to tell you that I was here to honor you as your wife. That is when I gave you that final speech. I’m writing this letter to tell you that I meant every word I said and to thank you for showing me the error of my ways.
    Katherina xoxox

  3. Jeremy says:

    To my dear Petruccio,

    When I first met you I thought that you were a pig and you were mean and rude because you were chasing me and shouting crazy things. “I am never going to marry this crazy man” I said to myself. You made me feel like I was being backed into a corner

    While I was waiting for you I was being pleasant to everyone but inside I was screaming “this can’t be happening”. Then as I was sure that you were not coming, you arrived. Dressed as a clown. I was furious I could not believe you embarrassed me so much. Then during our vows when I was able to have my say, and what I was going to say was “I will never marry this fool”, you cut me off with our first kiss. Not the romantic marriage I hoped for.

    At first when we were at your house (our house now I suppose) you were being a horrible person you were denying me food you making a mess I thought I was going to murder you in your sleep but I didn’t because it would make an even bigger mess (joking my dear). I felt and lonely in this house which was not fit to be my home so I decided to change that.

    Over time I began to accept that we were married and this is my life now. So I decided to make the best of it. While working with our servants to clean the house I began to realise how beautiful this house is and seeing myself living here in the future made me happy. The more I thought about what I said, before I said it, the more you showed me with your behaviour that you were warming up to me.

    I have come to the realisation that I make you a good wife. And surprisingly you are perfectly suited to the role of my husband. Marriage is not what I thought it was going to be, but I am a lot happier with our version of marriage. You make me feel protected and safe. Our time together has taught me that you should never judge people by their cover and that loving and appreciating your husband is the most important thing in marriage. And I do love you Petruccio and I know you love me too.

    Always yours,

  4. Joshua says:

    To my dear Petruccio
    I will try and be brief although i have much to say. When i first met you i must admit i didn’t feel anything but hatred a lot like when i meet and feel about most people. As you know i hate bianca and how everyone thinks she is a princess and how everybody adores her. But even knowing that you were one of the only people to come and talk to me and i still ignored all your generous jesters. All the mean things you did like not letting me eat or sleep, so i always thought you would be that annoying person trying to crawl your way back into my lie over and over again.

    So i began to think about us and all the things you were doing and how they reflected what i was doing to other people, and how i was doing bad and you were just trying your best to make me happy. I started to enjoy your presence and enjoy being with you. So i had an idea to change my behaviour to test it, and see what happens. The test was successful, i realized that i needed you in my life and that you were exceeding important. I know that you still snapped at me and still decided to yell and be rude. But i didnt mind it i got used to it and then i got used to you. Next thing i know it is Bianca’s wedding day and you ruin a dress that i loved, that point was probley the closest point i came to breaking, but i held faith. After when we arrived at the wedding is when i truly spread my feelings about you as you seen what i had to say i think even you were surprised, but when it comes down to it my guess was that you were expecting this, but you just never thought you could of achieved it. As you have probley realize i have made note of my mistakes and i know i was a cruel cold hearted shrew that thought she knew everything but didn’t. i came to realize that i need to respect you. I am writing this letter to express my feelings and what i thought along my journey with you, i hope it has been as exiting for you as it has been for me.

    Love Katerina

  5. Mary says:

    Dear Trash,
    From the moment I laid eyes on you I thought you were the one I have lasted for, that was until you opened your dirty gob. You look filthy, what comes out of you is full disgrace. Petruchio you have added humiliation and deprivation to my life; So forceful and have no respect for a delicate woman like me.

    You announced we are getting married on Sunday and you left me to have no say which isnt the way because I always get my way no matter what. On our wedding day you left me hanging, embarassing myself infront of my hometown. Why do you have to do this to me? You took me away from my family, I didnt have the chance to say my proper goodbyes. Why do you have to do such thing? You leave me out in the cold and weary night not caring a single bit. You are a selfish, and unaroused. You give me nothing but pain and tedious times, you give me no freedom nor respect and consideration. I demand you Petruchio to give thy wife the respect, devotion and attention. I left Padua for you, I came to live with you to fulfil my duty as a wife. I do all I can to make you happy but it still isnt enough for you. Tell me what more can I do?

    I am getting tired of playing games with you, I now say to you all I want is to be your wife and for you to be my husband. I hope you are seeing a different side to myself. I have thrust myself into this maze, haply to wive and thrive as best I may.

    Do you remember those words I said to you?

    Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintenance commits his body
    To painful labour both by sea and land,
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
    Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;
    And craves no other tribute at thy hands
    But love, fair looks and true obedience;
    Too little payment for so great a debt.

    Every word in this I mean. When I look back to the time I felt left out of society you were the only person that understood me and helped me through that time til now you still do.

    I have never expressed how I feel about anyone because I will always shut down on everyone but you, you are different I can express my feelings towards you. I love you Petruchio.

    Yours Truly,

  6. Kadesha says:

    Dear husband,

    When I first laid eyes on you I thought you were okay but then you started to talk, I thought you were fowl. You were chasing me everywhere you even broke my father’s wall I just didn’t know what to feel apart from hatred and frightened.

    You told my father that we were getting married and I didn’t even have a say in it and I never wanted to marry you in the first place, even at the church I was about to say ‘I don’t’ but then you kissed me before I could even finish.
    You even left me waiting for you. Why would you do such a thing? You left me waiting then turned up in some ridiculous outfit and embarrassed me in front of everyone I know. What kind of person does that?
    You also took me away from my family without letting me say goodbye, they looked so upset when I got on that silly donkey and when I finally got to your house I was so starving, the food that your servants gave me was wonderful but you just pushed it on the ground and left me to starve, you didn’t even let me sleep, but in saying all that I fell inlove with you. You changed me to be a better woman.

    Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
    Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee,
    And for thy maintenance commits his body
    To painful labour both by sea and land,
    To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
    Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe;
    And craves no other tribute at thy hands
    But love, fair looks and true obedience;
    Too little payment for so great a debt.

    Do you remember me saying that?
    Because I meant every word.

    Yours sincerely,
    Your loving wife xxx

  7. Eden says:

    Dear Petruchio,
    At the start I hated you; I thought you were absolutely disgusting. You just marched in and thought you could marry me. Well guess what I am a lady and that is not how we like to be treated. On our wedding day I cannot believe you forced me to marry you, like what kind of gentleman forces a woman to marry him. When you told me we were leaving town and moving away from my father I hated you so much, how dare you take me away from my home. As we were leaving the gates I so badly wanted to just leave you forever. The first night in your home was horrible, I felt like a prisoner not being allowed to eat. I cannot believe you throw away such decant food. I cannot believe that after what happened at dinner you thought you could just get into bed with me, like who do you think you are. The next day I thought I would behave a bit and help do chores, I was willing to do this if it meant I could eat a decent meal. That night when you came in and said it was morning and I said no it was still night and you got mad at me for calling you wrong. You said if I agreed with you we would go to my home for my sister’s wedding. I knew agreeing with you was my only chance to get what I wanted. I thought that would be the last of your madness but then you made me say the only man was young and I just knew to obey you it was like something was telling me that I had to do what you said. At that moment I felt us grow closer. The moment I know I loved you was at my sister’s wedding when I told all the women to obey their husbands. At that moment I didn’t care about fighting with you anymore. I love you with all my heart.
    Yours truly, your wife Katarina.xx

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