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Samantha Singer .6.02/24.6.02 Taming Of the Shrew The method Petruchio uses to tame his shrew, Katherina, to put it simply, is reverse psychology, along with starving her and not allowing her to sleep until she acts like a proper lady. His strategy is basic, but his plan takes time to bring about results. During act two scene one, Petruchio outlines his plan to Baptista. He states that he will say the opposite of what Kate does. "Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain she sings as sweetly as a nightingale." This is called reverse psychology. At the beginning of act three scene two, it is Katherina's appointed wedding day and her father, Baptista, is seen worrying that Petruchio, the groom to be, will not turn up. It is threatening to become very embarrassing for both Katherina and her whole family. Katherine fears she will become a laughing stock. "Now must the world point at poor Katherine." Much later, after Katherina has already left, Petruchio arrives. He is dressed in tattered and torn clothes, riding upon a sick horse. He looks more like a poor beggar than a man about to be married. This too is part of Petruchio's many step plan to tame the shrew. By turning up late, it threatens to embarrass Katherina on her wedding day in front of all that know her. ...read more.

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This too is part of Petruchio's plan to tame Katherina. He is reacting and acting in the opposite way to which Katherina would expect him to act. When speaking to the guests, Petruchio refers to Kate as his possession. "She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house, my household stuff..." "...my any thing." This gives the idea that Katherina is not a person and cannot think for herself. She is just one of Petruchio's possessions. In the beginning of Act four scene one, Grumio tells Curtis of how Kate's horse fell and she fell underneath the horse and was covered in mud. Petruchio, who was there at the time, did nothing to help poor Katherina, but instead beat up Grumio because the horse had stumbled. Katherine went to pull her husband off Grumio. Petruchio swore and Katherine prayed. Perhaps this might also be part of Petruchio's plan. Curtis states that according to what Grumio just told him, Petruchio is more of a shrew than Katherina. "By this reckoning he is more shrew than she." Of the pair, one has to be responsible and sensible and since Petruchio is acting so shrewish, Katherina feels that she has to be the responsible and sensible one. This is part of Petruchio's taming process. At the beginning of Act four scene three, Katherina is complaining to Grumio about the way Petruchio is treating her. ...read more.

Conclusion

"I say it is the moon that shines so bright." Hortensio advises Katherina to agree with Petruchio or else they will never leave. So Katherina agrees with Petruchio that it is the moon that shines brightly and Petruchio changes his mind and says that it is the sun that shines brightly, so Katherine agrees to this as well. She does not put up a fight and argue any further with Petruchio and she does not become angry or frustrated with him when he changes his opinion, so perhaps she is tamed, or at least she is showing all the signs of being tamed. During Act Five Scene One, Katherina asks her husbands permission to follow the others and he allows her to on the condition that she kisses him. When she refuses, he asks if she is ashamed of him. "What, in the midst of the street?" "What, art thou ashamed of me?" Katherine of course answers 'no' and states that Got forbids it and that she is only ashamed to kiss. So, Petruchio proclaims that they shall return home, so Katherina gives in and agrees to kiss Petruchio. He replies with a combination of two proverbs, 'Better late than never' and ' It is never too late to mend.' "Better once than never, for never too late." At some point near the end of Act Five Scene Two, Katherina gives her final speech which is addressed to the audience as well as the husbands, but is mainly directed towards the wives of the husbands. ...read more.

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