Taming of the Shrew

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Marriages in “Taming of the Shrew”

Charles Clay
English 142

In the movie “The Taming of the Shrew” there were two main relationships. One is similar of today’s marriage and the other represented the marriage back in Queen Elizabeth’s time. The “shrew” was named Katharina (also known as Kate) played by Elizabeth Taylor, was a woman that was angry about anything. She was jealous of her sister because she found love and it seemed that she will never. Her sister, Bianca, played by Natasha Payne, was a kind quiet woman. She didn’t have as much anger in her as her sister had. Bianca and Lucentio, played by Michael York, were not in the film as much as Kate and Petuchio, played by Richard Burton. The main couple, Kate and Petuchio, showed what that time was about. Even though Bainca and Lucentio were hardly seen in the play I knew that their marriage was more related to this day and age. Petruchio and Kate had an arranged marriage. Kate did not want to get married. Petruchio made a deal with Kate’s father. In exchange he would receive gold as a payment to get married to Kate. No one even Kate’s father believed a man would marry her. She wasn’t obedient and she would gladly tell you how she feels. She seemed violent as well. Kate was first introduced in the play hating her sister and beating her. She was upset that her sister found love and she hasn’t even came close to love. Petruchio saw an opportunity when he walked into their home. He made a deal with the father. Once meeting Kate he tried to woo her with his words: “You lie, in faith; for you are called plain Kate, And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;
But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom Kate of Kate Hall, my super-dainty Kate,
For dainties are all Kates, and therefore, Kate, Take this of me, Kate of my consolation;
Hearing thy mildness praised in every town, Thy virtues spoke of,…...

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