Like most people, I believe, when picking a character in Shakespeare's
Taming of theShrew
to write about, I choose the shrew herself, Katherina. I in fact love the character of Katherina, and in my teenage years I mirrored her attitude in the beginning. I was loud,unmanageable, insecure, and bad tempered. I also liked to throw things and scream to getmy point across. She also has incredible wit about her and is extremely intelligent, which aretwo things I pride myself in.Katherina, was the exact opposite of her nearly perfect sister Bianca, who many wooedand wanted. Their father would not allow any man to marry Bianca unless Katherina wasmarried first, which proved to an almost impossible task, since Katherina did not want anypart of being married off. She fought her hardest anytime a man even laid eyes on her. Enter,Petruchio a wealthy bachelor who is on the prowl for a rich wife. When he hears of Katherinahe without hesitation agrees to marry her despite her reputation of being a shrew, or maybe itwas because of it. When he is told that she has a hot temper, likes to slap people around, andhas a razor sharp tongue, it almost excites him.It is believed that the reason that Katherina has such a nasty way about her is becauseshe is just innately nasty, but when Petruchio is late and she believes that he stood her upshe begins to cry, because she is hurt and feels humiliated. This is when Katherina starts toshow her softer side, even if it just a little. At this point I believe that this woman does have asoft heart but has built this persona of toughness to keep from being hurt (also like me). As the story plays on her softness begins to show more and more. When she is playingwith the hats and the helpers, you see her laugh for the first side and it is not an evil laugh, itis a lovely laugh. Her tears of sadness are shown when Petruchio tears up the lovely dressthat has been made for her, even though her tongue gets her husband mad when she wants...
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