The Taming of the Shrew

1967 movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Katherina's final submission

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These 18 pages of images represent the final scene from William Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew.  Petruchio has just spent the whole play trying to tame the titular shrew Katherina, whom he has married but not been able to make a wife of.  At his meedk sister-in-law's wedding, he makes a bet with her new husband and a third man regarding whose wife will be most obedient and come quickest when summoned.  After the other wives blow off their husbands' requests, the supposed shrew Katherina blows their minds.  She not only comes forth immediately, but comes literally strong-arming the disobedient wives ahead of her. She concludes the play with a great speech chastising these lowly "worms" for disloyalty for their husbands who face hardship and danger at land and sea to provide for them while they lie comfortable and safe at home.  He "craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks, and true obedience- Too little payment for so great a debt."

This ritual public statement of submission and obedience to the man is considered controversial among some modern feminist types.  This point is made much less objectionable and perhaps more interestingly artistically ambiguous in the presentation of the last minute in the movie.  It involves no extra dialogue at all, but as Petruchio is saying goodnight to the crowd, Taylor's Katherina is already heading out the back door.  The last seconds of the film have Petruchio pushing his way through the laughing crowd, hustling to catch up to the woman who has just made such a baroquely detailed public statement of obedience.  This invites speculation as to what exactly "tamed" means.  She loves and honors her husband, but she remains high spirited.


 BAPTISTA. Now, in good sadness, son Petruchio,
I think thou hast the veriest shrew of all.
PETRUCHIO. Well, I say no; and therefore, for assurance,
Let's each one send unto his wife,
And he whose wife is most obedient,
To come at first when he doth send for her,
Shall win the wager which we will propose.
HORTENSIO. Content. What's the wager?
LUCENTIO. Twenty crowns.
PETRUCHIO. Twenty crowns?
I'll venture so much of my hawk or hound,
But twenty times so much upon my wife.

Michael Hordern and Richard Burton






Richard Burton image



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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW - the complete text of the Shakespeare play




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