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Tom Atkins, 10S 05-12-2002 Taming Of The Shrew Coursework Topic 3: "Write about any two characters you find interesting. Bring out any contrasts or similarities you find between the characters you have chosen." My two favourite characters from the play, The Taming of the Shrew, which was written by William Shakespeare, are Katharina and Petruchio. I find them extremely interesting, not just because they are the main characters, but because of their contrast, chemistry and similarity between them. They go from hating each other at the beginning of the book and by the end, Katharina is obedient, the taming is complete and they are married living happily together. Petruchio has one of the main parts to play in the book as 'the tamer' while Katahrina is alongside him as 'the shrew', which in turn makes up the title of the story. Katharina is very argumentative, disagreeable and violent with all her suitors and indeed Bianca, for example the stage directions say that, "Katharina with a whip stands over Bianca, who crouches by the wall, her hands tied behind her." ...read more.

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(Act 2, Scene1, Lines 185 - 186) This possibly could be the beginning of the taming process already! All that Petruchio actually does is to match Kathrina's spite, hate and violence. One thing Katharina says threateningly to Petruchio is, "I'll see thee hanged on Sunday first!" (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 292) This shows us again that she doesn't want to marry Petruchio at all! From the quote, she prefers that he were dead! In Petruchio's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1 he says he shall 'woo' Katharina and tell her that she is really a nice person and, "Sings as sweetly as a nightingale." (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 171) So Petruchio might actually like Katharina after all and not just the money as I once thought earlier. He then goes on to say that, "If she deny me wed, ill crave the day." That quote supports the fact that Petruchio wishes to marry Katharina even though she does not want to be his wife. ...read more.

Conclusion

Petruchio uses different methods of calming or taming Katharina so she becomes acceptable into public society. Petruchio explains to the reader how he will tame Katharina, "She eat no meat today, nor none shall eat; Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not." (Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 182 - 183) This shows us that Petruchio is starving Katharina of her food and also depriving her of sleep. Hopefully this will turn her into a good person! Petruchio mentions one last thing near to the end of his second soliloquy, which tells us exactly why he is doing this: "This is a way to kill a wife with kindness." (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 193) In conclusion I think the two make an entertaining pair, which make the story thoroughly enjoyable for many people. The 'tamer' and 'the shrew' are amazingly similar in different ways and in the end Petruchio and Katharina bonded. Katharina becomes extremely well behaved and obedient even more so than Bianca, the total opposite to what she used to be. The taming of the shrew is complete and thus, the story ends. Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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