Taming of The Shrew

However, her sister Bianca’s construction is socially acceptable. She is preferable and she obviously enjoys her status in society. The character Petruchio is not attracted to the way that the female is constructed such as Bianca. He prefers the spirited, intelligent Kate. The meeting of Kate and Petruchio in Act 2 Scene 1 is different to that of any other conversation Katherina has with anyone else throughout the play. It is obvious by the language that Kate likes Petruchio and the conversation is all one lined fighting. The conversation is in intelligent quips, Petruchio complementing and Kate trying to deny her feelings,

‘If I be waspish, best beware my sting. My remedy to pluck it out. Ay, the fool could find where it lies. ‘ If you are fighting with a new person, you are more likely to just ignore it, but Kate keeps arguing back to show that all females aren’t shy and timid like that is constructed for most. Petruchio is obviously enticed in this conversation and they both hit out the conversation over and over again. Petruchio’s language is very flirty and although Kate usually doesn’t take flirting, she argues back but her language starts to get more suggestive towards him.

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From line 186 through to line 195, Petruchio gives out different ways of putting Kate’s name and mostly mocking her. He calls her ‘bonny Kate… the prettiest Kate in Christendom, Kate of Kate hall. ‘ Kate has been constructed to be socially unattractive but here is Petruchio calling her ‘bonny Kate. ‘ He is also lining out how Kate’s going to be when he weds her. His speech is like his guidelines to see how she reacts towards these comments as he has been warned of her being a ‘shrew. ‘ His language is suggestive and he knows the reactions of the people towards her.

He wants to see if she will fall for him and if he can work her out. Bird imagery is used in Act 4 Scene 1. The hawk is a hunting, bird of prey and a bird is trained, it is eventually free and can come and go as it chooses and pleases. It chooses to stay because it gains from its relationship with the trainer and knows its owner and surroundings well. Petruchio showing Kate that she has the opportunity to opt out of the construction of her femininity and can choose to gain social credibility.

Kate is happy that she has this choice; she has someone that cares for her and wants her to be with him. Kate can be tamed, but she cannot change and the opportunity with Petruchio is true love and to be accepted for whom she is. Petruchio talks of how he will train up Kate to be like a hawk that has the freedom to come and go whenever she pleases, yet always comes back to her keeper (Petruchio). He speaks of taming a female hawk as, ‘man my haggard,’ as if looking after a women and getting her to respect you is to train her up like a bird.

He speaks of females as items that are there to be trained and he takes up Kate as a challenge. Petruchio refers to falcons as, ‘bate and beat,’ in their personality. He is referring to Kate’s attitude saying she is frustrated and angry at the start of the relationship, yet once she gets to know and trust you will earn the respect like a keeper to a bird. Males abuse the construction of femininity and they select who and who isn’t socially acceptable. They only try to gain respect of known and safe females such as Bianca.

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