Taming of the Shrew

Topics: The Taming of the Shrew, Marriage, Husband Pages: 2 (470 words) Published: December 19, 2005
In The Taming of the Shrew both Petruchio and Kate are well rounded, peculiar characters. Kate demonstrates a profound personality, one that divulges as the play progresses. At first Kate appears as shrewd and ill-tempered with out googd reason. In Act I when Kate lashes out at Gremio she is introduced as a suitorless, sharp-tongued maiden. "Gremio. To cart her rather. She's too rough for me.

There, there, Hortensio, will you any wife.
Kate. I pray you, sir, is it your will
To make a stale of me amongst these mates?
Hortensio. Mates, maid? How mean you that? No
Mates for you
Unless you were of gentler, milder mold.
Kate. I' fath, sir, you shall never need to fear:
Iwis it is not halfway to her heart.
But if it were, doubt not her care should be
To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool
And paint your face and use you like a fool"(1.1.55-65).
Later in Act I Hortensio attempts to avert Petruchio in his endeavor to marry Kate. She does not comes across anymore appealing through Hortensio's description: " Her only fault­­-- and that is faults enough--

Is that she is intolerable curst
And shrewd and forward , so beyond all measure
That were my state far worser than it is,
I would not wed her for a mine of gold"(1.2.85-90).
As Act II commences inside of Baptista's house, it becomes apparent that Kate is jealous of Bianca's many suitors, and that she feels as though her father favors Bianca. The impetus of Kate's behavoir is revealed in this scene: "Kate. What will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see

She is your treasure, she must have a husband;
I must dance barefoot on her wedding day,
And , for your love to her, lead apes in hell.
Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep
Till I can find occasion of revenge"(2.1.31-35).
When Pertuchio attempts to woo Kate, she remains sharp tongued and rejects him. It appears as...
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