In William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Kate is a shrew that can be thought of as a hard hearted and determined woman. As the reader reads he or she
will see that these traits begin to soften as the play comes to an end.
A hard hearted person is stubborn. One who builds a stone cold wall around their heart, shutting out any possibility of being hurt. Kate says, “ … I will go sit and weep till I can find occasion of revenge.” (2.1. 35-36). Kate uses revenge on the innocent as her own defense mechanism. She fears rejection, so shutting out simply does not give anyone a chance.
Kate is a strong willed, determined woman who will obtain anything she wishes to have no matter its cost to herself or others. Kate uses this determination against people by making them serve her with a demanding tone of voice. As the reader is indulged deeper into the book they will see that Kate hurts others to make herself possess less pain. After Petruchio, her new husband has been trying to tame Kate by starving her and depriving her of sleep she states, “I prithee go and get me some repast, I care not what, so it be wholesome food.” (4.3. 15-16). Kate is still determined to eat, even if the food is not what she wishes to eat.
The reader of The Taming of the Shrew will find that Kate owns a hard heart and a determined mind. At the end of the play, the shrew was indeed tamed. Kate’s heart is softened, or at least it seems.