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The taming of the shrew character profile.

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Introduction

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Middle

Katherine�s comment refers to her sharp tongue, but Petruccio turns her statement into a sexual innuendo by insisting that a wasp wears his sting in his tail. Katherine then hastily contradicts him and says, �In his tongue.� Katherine refers to wasps that bite, and Petruccio makes reference to bees that have stingers in their abdomens. Katherine�s metaphor implies that she will sting him with her wit, but Petruccio�s metaphor implies that he will �pluck out� the stinger from Katherine�s �tail,� a reference to her genitals. When Petruccio asks �Whose tongue?� Katherine replies, �Yours, if you talk of tales,� implying that if he continues to pursue her, she will sting him on his tongue, painfully. But Petruccio again turns this into a sexual image, pretending to be surprised at the picture of �my tongue in your tail.� This passage embodies not only the fiery conflict between Petruccio and Katherine, but also the sexual attraction underlying it. It also extends the play�s ruling motif of domestication, as Petruccio yet again describes Katherine as a wild animal that he will tame. "Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented That you shall be my wife, your dowry �greed on, And will you, nill you, I will marry you. Now Kate, I am a husband for your turn, For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty� Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well� Thou must be married to no man but me, For I am he am born to tame you, Kate, And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate Conformable as other household Kates. Here comes your father. Never make denial. I must and will have Katherine to my wife. (II.i.261�272) Petruccio speaks these lines to Katherine shortly after his �my tongue in your tail� comment (see above). Petruccio confronts the reluctant Katherine with his intentions: since her father has agreed and the dowry has been settled, he will marry her whether she likes it or not (�will you, nill you, I will marry you�). ...read more.

Conclusion

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