The Transformation of Katharina in the Play, Taming of the Shrew, by Shakespeare

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"The Taming of the Shrew" is one of William Shakespeare's great comedies. The play starts with an induction performed by a nobleman on a drunkard named Christopher Sly who arranged for an acting troupe to perform a play called the "Taming of the Shrew". The beautiful and elegant Bianca , younger daughter of Baptista Minola, has no shortage of admirers (Lucentio, Gremio and Hortensio) but her father insists that she will not marry until her shrewish sister, Katharina, is betrothed. Bianca's suitors persuade a money-seeker Petruchio to court her. The suitors pay for any costs involved and there is also the goal of Katharina's dowry. Petruchio marries Katharina and he carries Katharina off to his country house with his servant Grumio. Petruchio intends to browbeat Katharina into submission and he denies her food, sleep and her new clothes, whilst continuously singing her praises, thus Katharina is tamed. They return to Padua where Lucentio has won Bianca. At a banquet they wager on who has the most obedient wife. Each wife is issued with commands but only Katharina obeys and promptly lectures everyone on the importance of wifely submission.
In the beginning of the play Katharina is shown as a 'shrew' who is stubborn and argues against most people, especially men, which is exhibited through her conversations with…
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