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In William Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew Katherine is not truly tamed because she simply follows Petruchios orders without changing her spirit Petruchio gets his hands full when he marries Katherine She is a very wild and rough woman who needs to be tamed In the beginning of the story Katherine is a very wild woman her father speaks of her violent ways For shame thou hilding of a devilish spirit II i 27-28 Baptista Katherines father is obviously fed up with Katherine and her savage manners for him to utter such strong words to his daughter Katherine is so feral that she will never be able to be tamed Throughout the play she remains this way On the way to Biancas wedding Petruchio threatens to turn back unless Katherine agrees that the moon is shining and it is not the sun as it truthfully is Hortensio one of Petruchios friends advises Katherine to consent to Petruchio Hortensio Say as he says or we shall never go Katherine Forward I pray since we have come so fare And be it moon or sun or what you please IV v 13-15 Katherine is becoming very smart at obeying Petruchio She now understands how to get what she wants from him Her spirit is still wild and untamed however she acts loyal to Petruchio on the surface to avoid suffering Petruchios punishments By not changing her nature Katherine shows Petruchio that he is not in charge The men of the town of Padua need to find a man to marry Katherine to free her fair sister Bianca Katherines father will not allow Bianca to marry until the elder is married Petruchio is talked into marrying Katherine mostly for her fathers dowry When Petruchio first meets Katherine and talks of marriage she is very wild and she tries to run away from him I chafe you if I tarry Let me go II i 255
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