KPA: Taming of the Shrew
In the play Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare includes several appeals of pathos, ethos and logos. In the last passage of the book, Katharina speaks out to all of the characters with a speech. Katharina describes how she has changed into a person who looks to her husband as her lord, her care taker. The characters who listened to her speech seemed impressed on how she has finally changed her rude attitude and how she obeys her husband Pertruchio’s every word. As Katharina beings her speech she tells how being a shrew is “In no sense meet or amiable.” (5.2.6).This implies that she thinks differently on being a woman who speaks her mind. She continues to say that being…show more content…
She is implying that a women’s heart is gentle and kind, as is the body.
The rhetoric appeal of ethos appears here as Katharina calls out the other wives on their rudeness and attitude; “Come, come, you forward and unable worms! My mind hath been has big as one of yours, my heart as great, my reason haply more,” (5.2.34-36) Katharina is explaining that she was once just like Bianca and the widow, but is no more. She has changed into a woman who respects and obeys her husband’s every command, as she realizes that in this metaphor, “But now I see our lances are but straw” (5.2.38) that no matter what she complains about, it would be pointless. Her anger is as strong as a straw compared to her gracious and loving lord who cares for her every wish. She understands that Petruchio is the one in charge. Last but not least, she closes the passage with the rhetorical appeal of pathos; “Then vail your stomachs for it is no boot, and place your hands below your husband’s foot: In token of which duty, if he please, my hand is ready; may it do him ease.” (5.2.41-44). As she says this, she is fully clarifying that she is a changed woman who is no longer a woman with attitude. She is stating that she is now submissive to Petruchio and respects the ground her husband walks on. She is ready to be a