Homework Assignment

       I like homework.  I sincerely desire to cultivate the intellect and ability of my pupil(s). 
       And I assigned this one on Friday with a Tuesday AM deadline!  What a bitch, right…?  

ASSIGNMENT
            In your own words, describe how Petruchio manipulates Katharina in this scene.  What is his ‘style’, and what does that style suggest about his personality and attitude towards Katharina?   Explain the reason(s) for Petruchio’s success. 
            3-5 double-spaced pages
From The Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Act IV, Scene 5
SCENE V. A public road.

    Enter PETRUCHIO, KATHARINA, HORTENSIO, and Servants

PETRUCHIO

    Come on, i’ God’s name; once more toward our father’s.
    Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!

KATHARINA

    The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.

PETRUCHIO

    I say it is the moon that shines so bright.

KATHARINA

    I know it is the sun that shines so bright.

PETRUCHIO

    Now, by my mother’s son, and that’s myself,
    It shall be moon, or star, or what I list,
    Or ere I journey to your father’s house.
    Go on, and fetch our horses back again.
    Evermore cross’d and cross’d; nothing but cross’d!

HORTENSIO

    Say as he says, or we shall never go.

KATHARINA

    Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
    And be it moon, or sun, or what you please:
    An if you please to call it a rush-candle,
    Henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.

PETRUCHIO

    I say it is the moon.

KATHARINA

    I know it is the moon.

PETRUCHIO

    Nay, then you lie: it is the blessed sun.

KATHARINA

    Then, God be bless’d, it is the blessed sun:
    But sun it is not, when you say it is not;
    And the moon changes even as your mind.
    What you will have it named, even that it is;
    And so it shall be so for Katharina.

HORTENSIO

    Petruchio, go thy ways; the field is won.

PETRUCHIO

    Well, forward, forward! thus the bowl should run,
    And not unluckily against the bias.

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