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Imagine marrying an uncontrollable woman and receiving the challenge to tame her How strenuous would that be As difficult as it sounds it became reality in Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew The notorious shrew changes her behavior from being the rude and unmanageable Katherine to the obedient wife Kate Katherines unexpected and sincere transformation was the result of her hearts desire to be loved and respected by Petruchio Katherine is called the shrew by many including her father Being the ultimate uncontrollable woman she fits that description very well Constantly responding with rejection and violence she is rude to anyone and everyone Katherine is filled with words of violence in the first act To comb your noddle with three-legged stoolAnd paint your face and use you like a fool Shrew Ii6465 After being scolded by Hortensio for her temper Katherine defends herself and threatens to hit him on the head with a stool Katherines temper continues through the following act She binds her sisters hands and torments her Accused of jesting Katherine strikes Bianca If that be jest then all the rest was so Strikes her Shrew IIi22 Later she becomes irritated during music lessons and strikes Licio with the lute breaking his head Katherine is clearly a total shrew as violent as can be and very not lady-like She has to have her way doing whatever she needs to get what it is that she wants At this point it does not seem that even God can control her Katherine is emotionally a shrew but does not dare to act on it She strikes Petruchio during their first conversation and Petruchio responds quickly saying I swear Ill cuff you if you strike again Shrew IIi216 Although she is angry with Petruchio Katherine does not respond with her usual shrewish manner She is not stupid and will not attempt to fight someone thats much stronger than
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