By this, he implies that he is taking her away because he loves her and that she is his to take. He also clearly suggests that the other men are jealous, they are trying to steal her and Petruchio is rescuing her. “Draw forth thy weapon, we are beset with thieves, Rescue thy mistress if thou be a man. ” This is a rather pathetic attempt at getting Katherina to feel lucky that she has Petruchio to save her. When Petruchio and Katherina enter his house, Petruchio talks of food and eating.
However when Katherine is just starting to eat, he takes it away from her.
“‘Tis burnt, and so is all the meat. ” He plans to starve Katherina into submission. On line 175, when Kate has left to go to bed, Petruchio starts his second soliloquy. “Thus have I politicly begun my reign. ” This soliloquy is another that intends to tell the audience what Petruchio is planning to do. He likens Katherina to a bird of prey and intends to tame her in the same way.
“As with the meat, some undeserved fault I’ll find about the making of the bed. ” He intends to make Katherine feel so oppressed and suffocated that she will be unable to fight back.
“This is a way to kill a wife with kindness, And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humour. ” In Act IV, scene iii, Petruchio brings in a Tailor and a Haberdasher to present fine clothes to Katherina. However Petruchio dismisses them as “lewd and filthy”. This way Katherina has to visit her father in the dirty clothes that she has been wearing since the wedding. The journey that Petruchio and Katherina take to return to Padua is the turning point for Katherine. Petruchio intentionally calls the sun the moon. After a small argument, Katherina realises that it is easier to agree with him.
“Forward, I pray, since we have come so far, And be it moon, or sun, or what you please. ” From this point onwards, Katherina realises that her life is much better when she agrees with him. The last scene in which a banquet is laid out and all the characters of the play are present is the final test for Katherina. When Hortensio’s widow insults Petruchio, Katherina comes to his defence: “‘He that is giddy thinks world turns round’- I pray you tell me what you meant by that. ” Katherine turns out more obedient than Bianca and the Widow and she wins Petruchio money because of it.
This suggests that a successful marriage is one of respect. The play finishes with a Katherina’s 44-line speech in which she praises the man’s role in happy marriage and describes the woman’s. She condones the actions and lack of respect of Bianca and the Widow. This speech does not state that the woman should obey their husband, as the rest of the play implies. Depending on the age and context in which ‘The taming of the Shrew’ is performed, the marriage of Petruchio and Bianca is generally viewed as a successful marriage.