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Scene Analysis The intent of this paper is to analyze a few points in Shakespeares Play The Taming of the Shrew During scenes i and iii of Act IV Petruchio has taken Katherine to his country estate It is here that Petruchio will manage to transform and conform Katherine to playing the role of a benevolent wife Petruchios strategy is a very good one that causes Katherine to realize that her shrewness will not be tolerated and she must switch roles from shrew to benevolent wife The Falcon that Pretruchios mentions during his monologue IVi201-225 is a symbol of Katherine Petruchio has to figure out a way to make her into the wife that he wants To do this he trains her like he would train a falcon He denies her food and sleep until she is willing to do anything that he wishes He also shows her prizes such as clothing and food which she desires and then takes them away She like the bird comes to depend on him for these things and realizes it is her duty to love and serve him All has been planned in his mind in advance Thus have I politicly begun my reign he says where politicly means with careful calculation IVi157 The goal of this strategy as in his first meeting with Katherine is to bend her hostile temperament into benevolence by turning everything against her to kill a wife with kindness IVi177 Clearly Katherine is affected by this treatment especially by the excuses he gives for his behavior she complains to Grumio that that which spites me more than all these wants He does it under name of perfect love IViii11-12 This hinders her ability to react to his actions with her typical anger since he seems to have the best intentions And yet it is remarkable that she does
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