Personality Changes in the play "Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare.

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In the play Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare, Katherine was tamed by her husband, Petruchio. Katherine is a young girl with a very bad temper. She's feisty, mean and doesn't like many other people. She marries a man by the name of Petruchio and he tried hard to "tame her like a shrew." This means that he was going to try and make her not so rebellious and tough. She went from being a mean ill-tempered girl to becoming an obedient wife.

One example of this is from Act 3, Scene II. Katherine and Petruchio have just got married to each other. Petruchio is drunk during his marriage. When asked to stay he says he has to leave and Katherine goes off on him. She says "I will be angry: what hast thou to do?" She's really angry about him leaving and she's asking what he'll do to make her happy."

This is the kind of thing that was constantly going on around the beginning/middle of the play. But toward the end of the play, it's obvious she has been tamed by Petruchio. In Act 5, Scene II Katherine is talking explaining to a young widow about marriage and respect. She says "And not obedient to his honest will. What is she but a foul contending rebel, And graceless traitor to her loving lord? I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace." This demonstrates of her being tamed. She explains about how a woman should act to her husband. She's saying that it's bad of how women purposely disagree with their husbands when all they really have to do is get not complain and get along...