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maid (or does he just want her out of his house?) Perhaps Kate is a bit like the spoiled child who keeps throwing tantrums becoming more and more belligerent until someone finally loves the child enough to say, “No, you can?t act this way. I love you too much to let this go on.” When the parents put their foot down and stand their ground through the child?s testing, the child looses the need to push against the boundaries of acceptable behavior to see if they are still there. In the same way, when Petruchio resists Kate?s attempts to continue in her shrewishness, she relaxes and becomes her true, secure self. She becomes someone who does not always have to be “right” to be happy. This is evident in Act IV, Scene V when she determines that she will be content to go along

with whatever Petrucio says. She has learned that some-times it is better to be “wrong” for the sake of harmony than “right ?for the sake of pride. This is demonstrated in her soliloquy when she lectures the other wives on the proper way in which a woman should behave: I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace, Or seek rule, supremacy, and sway, When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. (Shakespeare 198) Although most critics interpret the play as being that of a woman finally acting the way in which she is supposed to act, it is difficult to believe that a character as vibrant and strong-willed as Katherine is changed so easily. Mistaken identity is the main conflict of this play, yet it also serves to tell the reader or

audience what the theme is. Through appearance changes, character relationships, and inner personalities, the theme is displayed, the theme being that what someone’s real identity is more important than what they seem to be. This is proved by a tremendous manipulation of characters and plot with examples magnifying the theme brilliantly and with great emphasis. 6d3 Barron?s Book Notes on the WWW (I could not get the documentation information as when I tried to access the information on October 22, 2000, access was denied.) Daniel, David. ?Shakespeare and the traditions of Comedy.? The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies. Ed. Stanley Wells. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987. Hibbard, G.R. The Taming of the Shrew. Harmondsworth, 1986. 8. Hughes, Leo. Princeton

Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Ed. Alex Preminger. Princeton, 1974. 271. Oliver, H.J. The Taming of the Shrew. Oxford, 1982. 57. Righter, Anne. Shakespeare and the Idea of the Play. 1962. 104. Saccio, Peter. Shrewd and Kindly Farce. Shakespeare Survey. Ed. Stanley Wells. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984. Shakespeare, William. ?The Taming of the Shrew.? The Norton Shakespeare. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt. New York: Norton & Company, Inc. 1997.