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The play The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare tells a story of love and marriage that takes place during the Elizabethean era The two main characters of the play are Petruchio and Katharina To the reader Kate is depicted as a shrew a nagging and scolding woman who refuses to abide by the rules of society Petruchio a man of Verona weds Kate and takes on the task to change Kate from her feared state as a bad-tempered woman into a kind-hearted gentlewoman Using clever methods such as bending her will with kindness matching her shrewish demeanor with quick wit and shrewish behavior of his own and reinforcing his status as a man Petruchio is able to successfully and effectively tame the shrew that Kate is One might consider that one of Petruchios most interesting methods to tame Kate would be the strategy he refers to as killing a wife with kindness This strategy involves Petruchio treating Kate with kindness and constantly praising her even when Kate does not return the favour In situations where something unkind is to said he is cleverly able to manipulate his words to hurt Kate but makes himself look innocent This becomes evident when Petruchio first meets Kate where he states Say that she rail why then Ill tell her plain She sings as sweetly as a nightingale Say that she frown Ill say she looks as clear As morning roses newly washd with dewIIi171-174 The purpose of this awkward plan is plainly to get Kate to fall in love with him He is aware of her shrewish attitude and it is in his best interest to not knock heads with herAlthough Kate does not take to it instantly it slowly builds up over the days Notably so when the couple first arrives in Verona when they are offered meat for dinner Petruchio immediately exclaims Tis burnt and so is all the meat What dogs
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