Taming the shrew : The Conclusion



Characters and staging are crucial in a Rom-Com since the audience expects a main storyline and a subplot. The fact that the two main characters Petruichio and Katrina, the two main sub-characters Bianca and Lucientio, and two of the sub-characters Hortensio and the Widow—who is a new character—as well as all main characters from both plots—are all in one room in Act 5 Scene 2 demonstrates the importance of this scene. -talking and rejoicing The ladies then depart, indicating that the males are now the central players in the story.

The spotlight then turns to each of the men one by one. Before going on to the servants, Petruichio, Hortensio, Lucientio, and Baptista must be dealt with. When the ladies return, the spotlight shines brightly on Katrina's character, while also exposing Bianca's and the Widow's humiliation. The play is constructed in such a manner that the audience's attention is never focused on one person or people for an extended period of time. This enables the audience to see the play from the perspective of several characters.

This is done to show how distinct men and females are as social groupings, and Shakespeare then employs Katrina as a key figure to unite the two groups. The play has many topics; nevertheless, there are two major themes: marriage and appearance vs truth, both of which are divided into several sub-themes. Language—the frequent use of sexual innuendos such as the terms "head, horn," and "butt"—as well as consummation—are sub-themes for marriage. When Petruichio invites Katrina to bed, it is revealed. The primary storyline of this subject is disguise of language and appearance—Petriichio disguises his words to tame Katrina, while Lucientio and Tranio employ physical disguises to court Bianca—the sub-theme is appearance vs reality disguise and deceit. Shakespeare uses sexual innuendos and puns to lighten the mood and create a joyful environment towards the conclusion of the play, which is very intriguing.

There's also the mention of hunting, "O sir, Lucientio slipped me like his greyhound, which runs himself and catches for his master," which is used as an analogy for wooing the women, as well as the wager, "Let's each send onto his wife, and he whose wife is most obedient to come at first when he doth send for her shall win the wager which we will propose," which ends in the most unexpected way.

"It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads"—which implies frowning may ruin a woman's attractiveness but also employs alliteration to heighten the similes effect—as well as lists, repetition, demands, "Come, come, ye froward and unable worms"—and rhetorical inquiries. "What is she but a filthy contending rebel and a savage traitor to her lord?" The tone of the speech is depressing, but it is lightened by light joking towards the conclusion. In conclusion, I would say that Taming the Shrew is similar to most Rom-Coms but differs in a number of ways. The main differences are the problem of not knowing whether the main couple is happy or not, as well as the introduction of a new character in the final scene and the fact that the final speech is usually given by a male and is usually inviting and merry rather than witty, cynical, sarcastic.

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