Critics have analyzed Shakespeare’s character, Katharina (the Shrew), for decades. On the surface, it may appear she is a bitter character who rebels against everyone and everything around her, until she meets Petruchio who essentially “tames” the bitter beast into submissiveness. While there are many theories as how Petruchio performs this feat, by the end of the play, he successfully changes Katharina from a “Shrew,” to a loving, obedient wife (as is evident from her final speech – also the longest in the entire play).

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