Blog Archive: control

Is Kate Really In Charge?


After reading Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, sophomore year of high school, we had to pick one of three or four topics and write a paper about it. I chose to write about whether Kate, aka. the Shrew, was in control of her actions or if she was being controlled by Petruchio.


Is Kate in charge of her life, or do others have control over her actions?

Who is primarily in control of Kate’s actions in William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? Is Kate primarily controlling her actions, or do other characters in the play control her? If you just read through the play, but don’t study it in-depth, it appears that Kate is controlled by other characters’ actions towards her, but is this actually the case? Isn’t it very possible that Kate is actually in control of all her decisions, but is…