Advanced English – Essay By Morgan Clifford “Discuss Katherina’s Transformation Through-Out The Play” Love can transform any individual into a new person. In William Shakespeare’s play, ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’, Katherina Minola starts off as a rebellious and unorthodox character (especially when compared to her pure sister Bianca), but ends up evolving from a stubborn shrew into a loyal and obedient wife to Petruchio.
Shakespeare uses the plot as well as numerous other techniques such as metaphor, symbolism and tone to establish the transformation of Katherina to show the audience the impact that love can have on one’s personality and human spirit. By the end of the play, we are left to believe that Katherina was a shrew that was waiting to be tamed by her male suitor all along; and thereby hangs a tale.
Through-out the beginning of ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’ (Act I and Act II), Shakespeare presents Katherina as a feisty and rebellious feminist which results in her father, Baptista, being constantly bombarded with criticism and rage by not only possible suitors for Bianca but other characters featured within Padua. An example of people’s animosity towards her is when Gremio declares her as a “fiend of hell” and states that “any man is so very fool to be married to hell”. These metaphorical quotes give the audience an understanding as to the type of wife Katherina would be at this stage of the play.
Hortensio also says that Katherina is not likely to get a husband unless she is “of gentler spirit” and claims that she is “renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue”. These quotes give the audience an understanding as to how different people perceive her character before her transformation. Katherina proves to the audience her stubbornness and unwillingness to bow down to men when she says to Petruchio after being told to marry on Sunday “I’ll see thee hanged on Sunday first”. Katherina shouts with such bitterness because she is not used to people telling her what to do in the forceful manner that Petruchio uses.
Katherina claims her rebellious spirit is down to the fact that she is too independent and intelligent to allow any man to tell her what to do, but the audience is led to believe that it is because she has never had male attention. At this point in the story Katherina is still in the mindset that she must not be controlled by a man and therefore acts like a shrew to turn away any possible suitors. Once Petruchio and Katherina are wed in quite an eventful ceremony which takes place in Act III Scene I, the taming of the shrew officially begins.
After the two of them leave their wedding and are en route to Petruchio’s home in Verona, he makes a start of trying to rid her of her wicked ways by making her ride a burrow through the rain while he rides a horse. When they arrive at Petruchio’s home, Katherina could not fulfil her need for food and sleep with Petruchio making up an excuse that the food was not good enough for her. Later on, Petruchio and Katherina are preparing themselves to go back to Padua for her sister Bianca and Lucentio’s wedding.
When Petruchio tells Katherina that a tailor will be making her a new outfit for the wedding, she gets excited. That is until she comes home to see that her new outfit was ripped to shreds by Petruchio after he reacted with rage towards the tailor (which helps Katherina understand that violence is not the best solution to one’s problem) because the fabric was not good enough and she will have to wear her old outfit. Petruchio’s hateful behaviour teaches Katherina obedience without her even noticing the game that he is playing on her.
Through the taming, Katherina learns obedience but more importantly she learns to see herself as others see her. On their journey to Padua, Petruchio demands that Katherina call the sun the moon and an old man a young virgin. Katherina does exactly what Petruchio tells her to and that part alone proves that Petruchio has succeeded in taming Katherina from an unpredictable shrew to a respectful wife. By the end of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, Petruchio has succeeded in taming Katherina by making her a compliant and loyal wife.
Katherina’s obedience is tested when Petruchio says that the sun is the moon and that Vincentio is a young lady. Katherina proves her new-found subservience by saying “What you will have it named, even that it is, and so it shall be so for Katherine”. By saying this, Katherina shows Petruchio and the audience that she will adhere to whatever he says, whether it be true or not, simply because he is a man – this proves how far she has come since the opening of the play where we saw her smashing windows when being quizzed on her love life.
Katherina also passes the last test of obedience in the play, when Petruchio sends for her, while celebrating with Hortensio and Lucentio at his wedding reception, and she comes immediately. She then delivers a monologue to the women that attended the wedding about how she has been tamed by Petruchio and then she goes on to tell the women listening to her to “place your hands below your husbands foot; in token of which duty, if he please”. Katherina is saying that the wives must submit themselves to their husbands, a completely different attitude to the one that she possessed at the start of ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’.
In her final speech, she also chastises Bianca and the widow for their disobedience to their duties as a wife. This shows that Katherina has not only been tamed but no longer acts like a shrew. Bianca has an outburst in front of the large crowd which proves to the audience that Bianca was the shrew all along. Now everyone knows the real Katherina. contrast conclusion edit presentation The significance of the change in Katherine’s behavior at the end of the play proves to be very important. It shows that people can change. It also shows that certain people can bring out the best in somebody.
In this case Petruchio brought out the best in Katherine after taming her and making her an obedient wife. Throughout most of The Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is portrayed as a stubborn shrew that will never be tamed; however, Petruccio does end up taming her and making her obedient to him. Kate is at first stubborn to Petruccio’s methods of “taming” her but soon obeys, thus becoming obedient to him. Katherine shows that though someone may seem to be a shrew, that they are really capable changing, an important part to human nature.
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