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Dan Cicio 4E-PHI The Taming of Katherine In Shakespeares time the ideal wife was subservient to her husband and it was the husbands inherent duty to take care of his wifes money property and person including both physical and moral welfare If a mans spouse proved rebellious he had the right to physically brutalize her into submission This social phenomenon of domesticating an unruly woman as one might an animal was the inspiration for The Taming of the Shrew Kate fits the stereotype of the shrewish woman at the plays outset and the Renaissance ideal of the subservient adoring wife by the plays close but her last speech as the final monologue of the play-rightly interpreted-undercuts her stereotype Even before his initial encounter with Katherine Petruchio knows exactly how to handle her resistance In a short monologue Petruchio proclaims in great detail just how his unorthodox approach will work He plans not to use violence but psychological warfare For every evil Katherine displays Petruchio will praise the opposing virtue in her character-even if it does not exist 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 dew If she deny to be wed Ill crave the day When I shall ask the banns and when be married II i Petruchio plans to win this woman over by simply confronting her temper with flattery Of course the infamous Kate lives up to her reputation and is every bit as cold and difficult as Petruchio has been told to expect After observing arguments base insults and even a blow inflicted upon Petruchio the audience begins to lose faith in Petruchios unusual methods This extremely clever gentleman however will not easily give up such a dowry Still he does not wish to waste a vast amount of time and energy
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