Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Scarlett v. Katherine

The Taming of the Shrew

So for my Shakespeare class we were watching the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton version of Taming of the Shrew, (Which was totally hilarious and wonderful if you haven't seen it) and the entire time I knew that Katherine (Elizabeth Taylor) reminded me of someone.

It bugged me the first half of the movie, and then it totally clicked!

um hello! Katherine= Scarlett !!

but the it's not until the end of the movie when she is "tamed" that she realizes that she can get a lot more by doing what he wants.

I know there is controversy over whether Katherine actually believed her last speech or was just saying it, but personally from how the movie depicted her, I interpret it as if Scarlett was saying that to Rhett. It's not that she believes it, because honestly I don't think you can break either of their spirits, but that Scarlett was willing to do anything in order to be successful and safe and taken care of. I think Katherine is the same way.

Plus throughout that entire movie the quote from My Big Fat Greek Wedding kept popping into my head:

 "The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants"

If Katherine's husband Petruchio thought she was totally submissive to him, she could totally influence him more and be more in charge than if he was suspicious, because let's face it, woman in that time had very little individual power.


  1. You're brilliant! You've reminded me it's that time again...the yearly summer reading of Gone With the Wind :)

  2. I've never watched Gone with the Wind. Don't hate me! :(

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  3. i love the Taming Of The Shrew, i remembered studying it at school. Although i was always of the opinion that rather than Katherine truly becoming submissive or even making Petruchio believe that she had but hadnt actually, that the two of them had come to the same level where he had taught her how to be like 'Scarlett' and how easily they could get by together by using the 'game' to their own means...this was what made them a great couple that they could go out and conquer the world together.

    i'll have to watch the movie!


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