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Shakespeare presentation of Katherina in Taming of the Shrew

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An explanation of Shakespeare's presentation of the taming of Katherina with reference to Shakespeare's use of form, structure and language. Shakespeare presents the taming of Katherina in a wide variety of ways through different aspects of the text, its language, structure and form. Katherina's tamed nature at the closing of the play can be looked at from various points of views and angles, the various views might involve the decision to accept the fact that Katherina has been tamed by the very masculine Petruchio, while others might lean more to the view that she is putting on an act and manipulating him in order to get what she wants, which is a better life. From all the meanings and connotations that can be gathered and assessed from various aspects of the text, I believe that Katherina is in fact putting on an act and hasn't been tamed by Petruchio. Shakespeare presentation of Katherina's taming is done, through the language that is used in the play. The tone of the language enables the reader or audience to decipher various emotions in the character speech which allows them to understand better, the response that particular character is looking for, such as Petruchio's repetitive use of the word "tush" in one sentence, which shows us his emphasis on the fact that he requires remorse from the audience he is scolding. ...read more.


In Act 1 Katherina uses harsh and decisive language; "A pretty Peat, it is best put finger in the eye, and she knew why''. This further shows the large link between language and structure, In further acts and scenes Katherina's tone and language changes as the structure and plot develops, this can portrayed as how she advances in ways of dealing with different situations. An example of her language is shown in Act 5 scene 2 line 100, "What is your will sir that you send for me?'' The visible change in Katherina's language is obvious. This is a display of Katherina's intelligence, to the extent that she uses manipulative language to get what she wants from Petruchio, her language can be seen as manipulative because it is totally out of her characteristic form to speak like that. Shakespeare uses specific form in order to exploit and present various characters in various manners, in the situations involving Katherina; we can derive Katherina's mental capacity due to the fact that she speaks in iambic/pentametre, instead of prose like lesser characters such as Grumio. This language specification means we know she has the ability to mentally manipulate Petruchio; which she does. ...read more.


Katherina is also represented using satanic imagery, this is a form of representation which underlines the extent of her shrewdness, and it also gives the audience or reader the ability to weigh up or measure the extent of Katherina's untamed nature in comparison to the way her behaviour is in later stages of the play. ''For shame, thou hiding of a devilish spirit'' The describing quote above which is in act 2, when compared with Katherina's behaviour in later acts shows her refined form, and leaves the reader with no doubt of her refined techniques in shrewdness, in act 5 scene 2, Lucentio describes Katherina thus; ''There is a wonder, if you talk of a wonder'' This shows how her behaviour and attitude have change with an advancement in structure, her language has changed, the form of words used in describing her have also changed, the words are free and flowing, which almost identically represents her new behavioural attributes. To conclude, Shakespeare's presentation of Katherina's taming using form, language and structure, strongly lean over to the fact that she has not been tamed, but with the same use of writing techniques, Shakespeare was able to provide a system of double entendre which would show Katherina in a different light depending on how literal the play was taken by various audiences and readers. WORD COUNT: 1,588. ...read more.

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