The Taming of the Shrew

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Essay

on September 10, 2012

‘Discuss how Petruchio tamed the shrew’.

Use evidence from the film and quotes from the play to support your answer.

Good luck!!


5 responses to “Essay

  1. Jeremy says:

    Taming of the shrew is a play about two sisters the younger one Bianca is beautiful all the men in town love her and the elder sister is Katherina who is mean and everyone in town thinks she is a shrew. Bianca falls in love with Luccentio but cannot get married until Katherina does. Petruccio comes in and wants to marry Katherina but no one can understand why. Petruccio is a ruffian and is very mean to other people.
    Petruccio made Katherina ride a donkey from the wedding to his house in the rain which was very uncomfortable and embarrassing for her. At the house he treated her like dirt and her did not let her eat and then said all the food was bad and threw it out.
    ‘She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
    Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
    As with the meat, some undeserved fault
    I’ll find about the making of the bed;
    And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
    This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:
    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 clamour keep her still awake.
    This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
    And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.’
    ‘Pluck up thy spirits; look cheerfully upon me.
    Here love; thou see’st how diligent I am
    To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee:
    I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks’
    What he means by this is that she should be thankful for everything that he does for her even if she does not want it. Its impact on Katherina is that she begins to say words of thanks and eventually believes them.
    Before their marriage she was fiery and angry and arrogant she enjoyed throwing things at him and hurling insults at him. The beginning of their marriage was difficult for her she was depressed and scared she became quieter while she learned her place in his life. After a while she was closer being back to her normal self but more of o partner for Petruccio they were kind to one another but mean to others together.
    In conclusion Katherina tamed herself and Petruccio helped and they tamed each other so they would have a better marriage. I think he was right in acting the way he did to Katherina to tame her as the result (a good marriage) made up for his bad behaviour.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Taming of the shrew is a play about two sisters the younger one Bianca is beautiful all the men in town love her and the elder sister is Katherina who is mean and everyone in town thinks she is a shrew. Bianca falls in love with Luccentio but cannot get married until Katherina does. Petruccio comes in and wants to marry Katherina but no one can understand why. Petruccio is a ruffian and is very mean to other people.

    Petruccio made Katherina ride a donkey from the wedding to his house in the rain which was very uncomfortable and embarrassing for her. At the house he treated her like dirt and her did not let her eat and then said all the food was bad and threw it out.
    ‘She eat no meat to-day, nor none shall eat;
    Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not;
    As with the meat, some undeserved fault
    I’ll find about the making of the bed;
    And here I’ll fling the pillow, there the bolster,
    This way the coverlet, another way the sheets:
    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 clamour keep her still awake.
    This is a way to kill a wife with kindness;
    And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour.’

    ‘Pluck up thy spirits; look cheerfully upon me.
    Here love; thou see’st how diligent I am
    To dress thy meat myself and bring it thee:
    I am sure, sweet Kate, this kindness merits thanks’
    What he means by this is that she should be thankful for everything that he does for her even if she does not want it. Its impact on Katherina is that she begins to say words of thanks and eventually believes them.

    Before their marriage she was fiery and angry and arrogant she enjoyed throwing things at him and hurling insults at him. The beginning of their marriage was difficult for her she was depressed and scared she became quieter while she learned her place in his life. After a while she was closer being back to her normal self but more of o partner for Petruccio they were kind to one another but mean to others together.

    In conclusion Katherina tamed herself and Petruccio helped and they tamed each other so they would have a better marriage. I think he was right in acting the way he did to Katherina to tame her as the result (a good marriage) made up for his bad behaviour.

  3. Mary says:

    Discuss how Petruchio tamed the shrew

    In the play Taming of the Shrew Petruchio is the tamer. Petruchio the money grubbing wife transforms the aggressive, bad tempered Katherina into an obedient, sweet wife. Petruchio is informed about Katherina and his attention is instantly drawn to her.
    Firstly, Petruchio arrives at Kate’s home and they start off roughly as they play cat and mouse around Kate’s home. He finally gets hold of her and forces her to agree and smile to what he is going to announce. He announces they are getting married and everyone is thrilled and excited.
    Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her for myself:
    If she and I be pleased, what’s that to you?
    We bargain’d between us, being alone,
    That she’ll be rude to me in company.
    I tell you, ’tis incredible to believe
    How much she loves me: O, the kindest Kate!
    She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss
    She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath,
    That in a twink she won me to her love.
    You’re novices, to be so taken in
    By a fair maid’s pantomime of fishwifery.
    Give me thy hand, Kate: I will unto Venice,
    To buy apparel for the wedding-day.
    Provide the feast, father, and bid the guests;
    Katharina is the wife that I have longed for,
    And she has saved her lovely self for me.
    Petruchio arrives hours late and this really got Katherina angry and frustrated. He then takes Kate and announces at their wedding banquet they must leave for his home right away.
    They shall go forward, Kate, at thy command.
    Obey the bride, you that attend on her;
    Go to the feast, revel and domineer,
    Carouse full measure to her maidenhead,
    Be mad and merry, or go hang yourselves:
    But for my bonny Kate, she must with me.
    Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret;
    I will be master of what is mine own:
    She is my goods, my chattel; she is my house,
    My household stuff, my field, my barn,
    My horse, my ox, my ass, my anything;
    And here she stands, touch her whoever dare;
    I’ll bring mine action on the proudest man
    That stops my way in Padua. Grumio,
    Draw forth thy weapon, we are beset with thieves;
    Rescue thy mistress, if thou be a man.
    Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee,
    Kate rode a donkey on the way to Petruchio’s home in the cold and rainy night.
    Furthermore, He made her experience what she has been doing to everyone around her. She eats no meat today. Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not. She cleans and makes sure that everything in the house is run properly. They are challenging each other, he challenges her by finding out that Bianca is getting married to Lucentio. He calls in his wife and shows her all these beautiful caps and gowns he had especially designed for her, when he saw that she was pleased he starts to tear them apart in front of her eyes and stating that nothing is good enough..
    “Well, come my Kate; we will unto your father’s
    Even in these honest mean habiliments.
    Our purses shall be proud, our garments poor”

    He humiliates and deprives her but this is all because he wants her to realize he is capable of loving her.

    In addition, they tamed each other to be a better couple living a healthy and happy marriage. They tamed and had dull times but behind all the cat and mouse business they had some sort of affection and care towards each other. It is at the end of the play that it clearly shows how well Kate has been “tamed” by Petruchio. Kates speech she delivers at Bianca’s wedding shows it all.

  4. Decklan says:

    Taming of the Shrew is an interesting and quite confrontational play about submission, conformity with underlining tones of sympathy and of spite. In this Play Katerina is almost used as a “object” or “bargaining chip” which in those times was acceptable to some extent. Petruchio is a drunkard man who was “sold” into taming her so that her older sister Bianca could marry. The way Petruchio tamed her was a very uncanny and quite forceful in approach, it would not be publicly acceptable in today’s day and age, although Katerina eventually gave in and gave a public and lengthy speech at the end of the play, thus indicating that she had been “tamed”.

  5. Eden says:

    Taming of the shrew is a play written by William Shakespeare in the 1500’s. The play is about a man with two daughters one beautiful and kind and the other a horrible shrew. The play goes on through the story of how the father wouldn’t marry the younger daughter until the older one was married. Eventually they find a gentleman by the name of Petruchio who tames the shrew. The play is well known worldwide. Petruchio tamed the shrew.
    Firstly Petruchio tamed the shrew because before they met she didn’t speak nicely to everyone. As he began taming her she became more and more polite to people. So he was making progress the entire time.
    Furthermore Petruchio tamed the shrew because before they met she didn’t like her sister very much. As she became more tamed she was much kinder towards her sister.
    In addition Petruchio tamed the shrew because she hated the idea of being with a man but once he tamed her she respected him and loved him as her husband.
    In conclusion Petruchio tamed the shrew because before they met she didn’t speak nicely to everyone, before they met she didn’t like her sister very much and because she hated being with a man before she was tamed.

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