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To Tame A Shrew In Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew one topic that has been debated interpreted discussed reinterpreted and adapted into different forms has been the character of Katharina the shrew and whether she was tamed liberated or just a good enough actress to make Everyone think she was in fact tamed In this essay I will present arguments for and against each of these points as well as discuss one television adaptation of Taming of the Shrew that presents Katharina not as the expected shrew but as Petruchios tamer Katharina The Whipped Shrew There is evidence that supports Katharina was tamed by Petruchio For instance in the opening of the play Katharina is very vocal and aggressive Men women and children trembled whenever she came around including her father and sister By the end of the play however she is presented as being mild and submissive to Petruchio leading up to her greatest speech in the dialogue of the play 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 52146-154 In looking at this outtake of Katharinas speech it can be seen that she has been tamed by Petruchios actions throughout the first four acts It is difficult to take Katharinas message here and say She is still the same person Her monologue reveals that she now sees it is her duty to respect her husband and to be submissive to him Her speech leads the audience to see that this duty of the wife is one that is a repayment to the husband
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