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Examine closely Katherine's speech in Act 5 Scene 2 lines 136-179. What is your view of this speech as the climax of this story? How have Kate's opinions and language changed since the early acts of the play? Why do you think that she has changed so much?

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Introduction

Bothaina El Kahhal The British International School of Cairo Examine closely Katherine's speech in Act 5 Scene 2 lines 136-179. What is your view of this speech as the climax of this story? How have Kate's opinions and language changed since the early acts of the play? Why do you think that she has changed so much? What is your view of this speech as the climax of this story? In "The Taming of the Shrew", Katherina gives a final speech in Act 5, Scene 2, which many people consider sexist, in terms of the content and the language used. As George Bernard Shaw said, the play is "Altogether disgusting to modern sensibility". It can be maintained that Petruchio is a rather challenging type, who sees their relationship as a game. Consequently, he knows he will win, thus winning a beautiful bride as well as the dowry. The final speech is proof that he has changed Katherina from an independent male to the woman that she is. He only plays the game to obtain the ideal marriage. Eventually they learn to love each other. In a play that is open for interpretation, the audience maintains many different points of view. One supposition is that Katherina has not been tamed yet, and is only playing along with Petruchio's game to stop his abusive treatment. ...read more.

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In Act 2, Scene 1, when Petruchio first meets Katherina, he greets her as Kate, to which she defensively replies "well have you heard, but something hard of hearing, They call me Katherina that do talk of me". Having led a life full of aggression and male attitude, Katherina uses a defense mechanism to defend herself with. Initially, she treats males as subordinates. I feel that in order to escape from her insecurities, she affronts others to make herself feel superior. One can empathize with Katherina because she had no female role model to venerate. Another reason I sympathize her is because for the majority of her life, she is deemed to have been treated worse than her younger sister Bianca. This is obvious in the way Baptista speaks to Bianca "For I will love thee ne'er the less,my girl". Katherina not only uses her defense mechanisms towards Petruchio, but she sarcastically tells Baptista how good of a father he is when he tries to wed her to Petruchio. I presume that another reason behind her defensive behavior is how Baptista considers Bianca as his jewel, in contrast to the way he feels about Katherina. Baptista: Why now, daughter Katherine, in your dumps? Katherina: Call you me 'daughter'? ...read more.

Conclusion

The way, in which Katherina has changed, epitomizes women as righteous and beautiful, when the audience thinks back to whom Katherina was at the beginning of the play. A smaller good was sacrificed for a greater one. This is what marriage is supposed to have, obstacles and wars to overcome. By abusing Katherina, Petruchio has given her a glimpse of how she treated others. His abuse made Katherina feel inferior, yet it doesn't exemplify women as the inferior roles in society. In my culture, women are expected to wed and bare children in the same sense that Katherina was. Men are alleged to bring home the money, and feed their families. The reality is that the majority of the countries in this world still proceed with these impractical traditions, regardless of the feminist movements. The Taming of the Shrew should not offend people living in the western society, but instead inform them of the everyday happenings they cannot see. I think that Katherina's submission puts the sanity in their relationship because she now realized that in order for her to have a good relationship with him, and settle down into a stable family. By the end of Scene 5, it is obvious that Katherina has changed. However, her final speech is the climax of the story, summarizing her outlook on life, which has dramatically changed from the beginning of the play to the end. ...read more.

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