Throughout the Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s demeanor utterly transforms from being belligerent and recalcitrant to being obedient and submissive. Her remarkable transformation is mainly generated by her marriage to Petruchio. His harsh but cunning tactics change Kate into an obedient wife. The ultimate result of Kate’s transformation is displayed in her monologue at the end of Act V.
When Kate is first seen in the play, she is portrayed as a boisterous and extremely aggressive woman. She is shown quarreling with the suitors in a very pugnacious manner. Kate threatens to attack the suitors for their jeering at her behavior. Kate’s shrewish and raucous behavior keeps her from having a husband preventing the suitors from marring Bianca. It seems that Kate is permanently in her shrewish state until an ambitious Petruchio attempts to tame her.
The suitors, who are desperate to find a way to marry Bianca come across Petruchoio who is eager to take on the challenge of marrying Kate and the gold that goes with it. Petruchio plans to tame Kate using his own boisterous attitude to let her know that he is supreme and the master of their marriage. Petruchio plays tricks on Kate such as not allowing her to eat and coercing her to say that the sun is the moon when it is clearly the sun. These tactics allow Kate to realize the Petruchio is the master, but as long as she does as he says she may have what she wants.
The outstanding affects of Petruchio’s plan are portrayed in the final scene where Kate proves her obedience to Petruchio in a grand speech at the end of Act V. In her speech, Kate scolds the other wives for their disobedience and rebukes them for being ungrateful to their husbands who provide so much for them. Kate also reprimands women in general for their unrespectful attitudes to their hard working husbands. Kate explains that women should not seek supremacy in society, but like their bodies be soft and weak being submissive to men.
Kate’s last lines prove...