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The Taming of the Shrew Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Source: "'Kate of Kate Hall,'" in Comic Transformations in Shakespeare, Methuen, 1980, pp. 37-52.

[Nevo provides an overview of the action and structure of The Taming of the Shrew, concentrating on the relationship between Katherine and Petruchio. Citing with approval Michael West's observation that Shakespeare's focus here is not "women's rights" but "sexual rites, " Nevo sees the playas a rollicking depiction of the battle between the sexes. Kate, she suggests, iS shown to be so fearful of not being loved, and so accustomed to being told she is unlovable, that she has come to behave as if it were true. Petruchio appears as a master psychologist whose "instructive" and "liberating" methods free Kate from her mistaken idea of her identity and enable her to find her true self. Rather than breaking Kate's spirit, Nevo argues, Petruchio uses his superior will and intelligence to convince Kate to enter into...

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