Taming of the Shrew Essay

Essay by Jimmy the GentHigh School, 10th grade October 1995

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Essay- The Taming of the Shrew

In William Shakespeare's play, The Taming of the Shrew, the shrew played by

Katherine, had a terrible outlook on life and just about everything else. Her negativity

caused by her younger, more beautiful sister Bianca. Bianca wanted to get married.

She had all of the men's hearts, Katherine had none. If Katherine got married then Bianca

could get married. She truly was a shrew who needed to be tamed. Then Petruchio came

to Padua. Petruchio couldtame Katherine for the right amount of money.

Before Petruchio's arrival, Katherine, the terriable, untamed shrew, caused

problems with everyone. All that knew her hated her. She felt very jealous of her beautiful

sister Bianca, because of her suitors and her beauty. Katherine tries to start fights with

Bianca all of the time. She even hit Bianca. No one wanted to marry Katherine until

Petruchio arrives in Padua to find a wife.

"I come to wives it wealthy in Padua; If wealthy,

then happily in Padua" (ShakespeareIii76-77). He and one of Bianca's suitors, Luciento

had a conversation. As a joke, Luciento mentioned to Petruchio marry Katherine.

Petruchio though of the profit and thought it could be great. "Petruchio can have no

illusions about the fabled shrew, Katherine, for others are quick to tell him quite frankly

what to expect"(Vaughn27). Petruchio and Katherine's father meet and decide that

Petruchio will get twenty-thousand crowns if he weds Katherine. Petruchio and Katherine

meet and they do not start off on the best of terms. But Petruchio decides they should get

married anyway and he sets a date. Petruchio then leaves to get ready for the wedding .

The wedding day arrives and Petruchio arrives at the wedding in ridiculous clothing and

drunk. During the ceremony he hits the priest. During...