Taming of the Shrew: Was Kate Tamed or Not?

Taming of the Shrew: Was Kate Tamed or Not?

The question is weather or not Kate was tamed in the play, “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare. It seems that she was not tamed, but brainwashed, because the way that Petruchio tamed her involved cruel methods that were manipulative and exploitative. Kate changed because she didn’t want to be abused anymore; she was doing nothing more than putting on an act to please Petruchio. Kate was depicted as a horrid person to be around at the beginning of the play.

She had done many things in the play that proved that point, like yelling at her father in public, tying up her little sister and beating her, throwing tantrums and claiming that her father didn’t love her. Other characters in the play think of her as nasty, including her father, Baptista. Our first look at Kate is through the eyes of Vincentio and Lucentio, who say, “That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward. ” She was an unpleasant person to be around, but why? The public misunderstood Kate, because she was a smart woman with a mind of her own.

She just didn’t fit into society compared to the woman of the 16th century. The way she acted had reasoning, for example, when her father, Baptista, was trying to get her married, he was very crude with the way he asked men to marry his daughter, almost like she was his property and she was a mere commodity to be traded. Even though her actions had reasoning, the other characters in the play wanted her to change and become a lady that was quite and nice; they wanted her to be like her little sister Bianca. Another example is when she hit Hortensio with a chair, it was because he had commented on how everybody hates her.

When Petruchio got married to Kate, he made it a mission to change her, no matter how cruel the methods would be. Petruchio was a wealthy bachelor who wanted a rich wife, and he didn’t mind marrying Kate even though she acted the way she did. He thinks he will be able to tame her. He even gives advice to other men on how to tame their wives. He loves money more than anything else, and he is quite honest about that throughout the whole play. He mainly wants to be the dominant role in this relationship. He wants to be dominant in every aspect of the relationship; he controls what Kate can do and what she can’t do.

He really is a very cruel and horrible person, which he is quite proud of. He tortures Kate, and makes her his puppet by the end of the play. His first tactic was to act like her, and it was very useful because it depicted who she was before, and when she saw how she acted she realized how bad it was. Another way Petrucio manipulated her was he made Kate believe everything he said, and if she didn’t agree she was punished. For example, midday when the sun was shining, he commented on how pretty the moon was, and she had to agree.

He used starvation, psychological manipulation, sleep deprivation, and humiliation to get her the way he wanted her to be. He did not let her choose her clothes, and she could not object to his demands, for his threat was that he would break her heart if she does. His tactics were extremely cruel, and he really didn’t tame her, but he taught her how to act to his standards. She was finally a 16th century lady, not able to voice her opinion and she was a quite, nice lady. She was broken down brainwashed lady by the end of the play because she didn’t have any other choice, for she did not want to be alone.

At the end of the play, Kate considers Petruchio to be her king. Katherine Minola was never tamed in the play, but she was brainwashed and manipulated to act in a manner that was socially acceptable in the 16th century. Petruchio used cruel and exploitative methods to tame Kate, which was unmoral and unethical. Those methods were very much like torture, and his actions did not Kate but made her act so that she would not be a shrew to the community. Petruchio is nothing more than a vain, uncaring, greedy chauvinist who went to Padua to find a wealthy wife, and Kate was perfect.

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