• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Taming of the shrew

Extracts from this document...


How does Petruchio attempt to tame his wife in act four scene one? Do you think? He is successful and Katerina is truly subdued by the plays conclusion? William Shakespeare wrote the play The Taming of the Shrew in the 1590's. In these times it was popular in Elizabethan England to ridicule Catholics. The Italian setting allows the playwright to snipe at Italian Catholics for comic effect. It is a comical play in contrast to a number of Shakespeare's other works, which are classed as historical or tragedy. It is a story within a story. The background plot is about a drunken man who is made to believe he is a lord after being thrown out of the pub one night. The second and main story is about the shrew, Katherina. The label of a shrew is given to Katherina because she is constantly nagging and moaning at people in Padua. This connects her with a Shrew because these mammals make a sexual whining noise during the mating season. This is one of the many sexual innuendos we are given throughout the play, making it comical for both an Elizabethan and modern audience. ...read more.


The food is plated and brought to the table, appearing to be a lovely piece of mutton from Catherine's point of view. However, from Petruchio's 'twas burnt and dried away'. It was fine but for some reason Petruchio is acting strangely and not allowing Katherina to eat. As the servant clears the meat, Petruchio trips him again making more work for the servants. He is killing 'her in her own humour' (as noted by Peter). Basically Petruchio is doing to others what Katherina used to do to, allowing her to experience the consequences of such actions. He's giving her a taste of her own medicine. Shakespeare uses juxtaposition here, with Petruchio being kind and considerate to Katherina while he is repeatedly being horrible to the servants. In the process of Petruchio being cruel to the servants, he is also depriving Katherina of vital wants and needs like sleep and food. The way Petruchio acts is unusual and Katherina doesn't seem to like it. She tries to protect the servants - 'patience I pray you' - begging Petruchio to take it easy on his servants. ...read more.


Bianca also reveals a rude and abusive side to her character again questioning the men like the widow. This is a contrast to her supposedly being pure. 'I mean to shift my bush'. Her language has sexual connotations. The women are tested to see their obedience to their husbands and for once Katherina has come out as the most obedient, the most 'tamed'. She came straight to her master unlike the other two mistresses. 'Love, fair looks true obedience'. Katherina has just proved to the other couples that she is now playing the correct role of a wife. Loving and willing to adhere to her husband's every need. As if Katherina hasn't proved herself enough, she goes and rubs salt into the other women's wounded pride 'my mind hath been as big as one of yours'. This acknowledges she has previously acted as a misguided shrew but has since changed her act. I believe Petruchio has tamed Katherina. Initially I didn't believe he had managed and thought she was just putting on an act in front of her new household, but when she acknowledges her behaviour (in her final speech) I believe she has changed. All the effort Petruchio's put in throughout the play had paid off and he finally tamed the shrew. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Buchan ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Taming of the Shrew section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Taming of the Shrew essays

  1. The Taming of the Shrew By William Shakespeare - Compare and contrast the characters ...

    I think that the success of the play relies on the contrast between Katherina and Bianca and Katherina's changing relationship with Petruchio. In other versions of the play such as 10 Things I Hate About You Bianca almost overtakes Katherina as the leading story line of the play.

  2. How does Katherina in 'The Taming Of The Shrew' change and develop as the ...

    Kate goes along with it and comments on her beauty. Petruchio then informs Kate that it is really a man. Kate apologises and says her eyes are mistaking her. She is tamed!!! Next is Act Five, Scene one and another big change in Kate's normal behaviour.

  1. Explore Shakespeare's presentation of Katherina and Petruchio's wedding and the preparations for it. ...

    Petruchio is told about the 'rough maid' (1) by Hortensio who only has one thing on his mind, to marry Katherina's sister Bianca, who is seen as a 'fair' maiden, 'beauteous' (1) beyond compare, whose father is 'rich' (1) and prosperous, Hortensio can not wait for Petruchio to take Katherina's hand in marriage and pushes forward the idea.

  2. Explore the Ways in which Shakespeare presents the theme of falconry in The Taming ...

    Shakespeare turns this into a comic moment by showing the other two women, Bianca and Widow as being untamed as they do not return to their husbands when they are called. When Katherina does return to Petruchio after being called, he gets Katherina to explain to Bianca and the Widow, how they should treat their husbands.

  1. Taming Of the Shrew.

    "He hath some meaning in his mad attire". Petruchio makes a mockery of the wedding ceremony, knocking the bible out of the priest's hand when smacking him in the face. He throws wine at one of the clergy and loudly kisses Katherina on the mouth. As soon as the ceremony, if it could be called that, is over

  2. Examine closely Katherine's speech in Act 5 Scene 2 lines 136-179. What is your ...

    "Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both That can assure my daughter greatest dower Shall have my Bianca's love". In this scene, Baptista is auctioning Bianca's love, which surely is a sign that her marriage will fail as opposed to Katherina's marriage, which has become successful.

  1. Evaluate the different Interpretations of the Taming of Katherina.

    Petruchio certainly treats Katherina in much the same way as a bird, starving her of food and depriving her of new clothes. Petruchio can be seen as even more of a hero, if taming Katherina is seen to be like taming a shrew, as Katherina is exceptionally shrewish - Petruchio must, therefore, have done an exceptionally good job.

  2. What does the modern audience learn about marriages and the roles of men and ...

    This makes the audience curious because they would think that there is surely no such man that will tolerate a scold like her. In Shakespeare's time men hated scolds. Scolds were women who perpetually offended the public through their speech and whose behaviour was mostly disorderly and aggressive.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work