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Katharina or Kate, the shrew of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew is sharp-tongued, quick-tempered,and prone to violence and violent outbursts, especially to anyone who tries towin her love. This is shown from the beginning in Act O

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Katharina or Kate, the shrew of William Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew is sharp-tongued, quick-tempered, and prone to violence and violent outbursts, especially to anyone who tries to win her love. This is shown from the beginning in Act One with the scene among Hortensio and Gremio and her. When Gremio proclaims her "too rough" (I.i.55) and Hortensio claims that they want mates "of gentler, milder mould" (I.i.60), she strikes back with such words as "To comb your noddle with a three-legg'd stool and paint your face and use you like a fool." (I.i.64-65) Her hostility and anger towards her suitors is infamous within the town of Padua. Her anger and rudeness actually hides her deep sense of insecurity, not to mention her jealousy towards her sister, Bianca. She speaks these words to her father; "What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see she is your treasure, she must have a husband; I must dance bare-foot 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." (II.i.31-36). Clearly she is spiteful because he has more love for Bianca. ...read more.


In the beginning of the talk between Baptista, Gremio, Katharina, Tranio and Petruchio, she was steadfast in her will not to marry. "I'll see thee hang'd on Sunday first" (II.i.291). But Petruchio's persistence and his words pay off in the end. "We will have rings, and things, and fine array, and, kiss me, Kate, we will be married o'Sunday." (II.i.315-316). Her silence at the end of the scene is surprising. In the past, she has used her words to get her way and now that she is basically forced into the idea of marriage, something that will affect the remainder of her life, she is silent! Is the idea of having a husband and family what she is really after? I think so. The wedding between Katharina and Petruchio is a test of her patience with him. Although she supposedly doesn't want to marry him, she arrives on time. He, however, does not. For one to be left waiting at the altar is an embarrassing situation. Also, his refusal to allow her to enjoy the Bridal party is another embarrassing situation. He denies Kate her one day of happiness, mocking the idea of being a doting husband. "Nay, look not big, nor stamp, nor stare, nor fret; I will be master of what is mine own. ...read more.


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