Summary of Act IV Scenes III – V of Taming of the Shrew.
Act IV, Scene III-V
Summary: Act IV, scene iii
Back in the house of Petruchio, Kate had little food or sleep for several days now, and she begs Grumio to get something to eat. He refuses, and, like his master, claiming that they are depriving it of its own benefit. Finally, Petruchio and Hortensio bring her a meal.(Hortensio has apparently arrived in Padua in the course of these last days to be formed of Petruchio “taming school.”) Kate has little time to eat before custom Petruchio arrives.The tailor has prepared elegant and expensive clothes for their return journey to Baptista’s house in Padua. One might expect, Petruchio finds fault with everything Kate loves, the cap for the dress, and accuses the poor tailor’s craft. The tailor tries to deflect the blame onto Grumio, Petruchio and Grumio indignantly but force him to leave.Petruchio, however, secretly tells Hortensio to pull the tailor aside and tell him he will be paid the next day, revealing that the processing of unpleasant Petruchio is able jokingly.Petruchio tells Kate that they will then leave for both Padua in the clothes they have on, arriving at noon. But when Kate said that Petruchio is already past twelve o’clock, he responds with anger, again, it is at odds with him. He states that they are not going that day, and that when they go there, “[i] t is what time I say it is” (IV.iii.189).
Summary: Act IV, scene iv
In Padua, Tranio has properly equipped the pedant as Vincentio and rehearses his act with him to make sure their stories match. When Baptista and Lucentio (still disguised as Cambio) enter, the pedant convinces Baptista that he is Lucentio’s father, and he endorses marriage between Bianca and her son. Baptista, the pedant, and Tranio then leave to find a private place where they can discuss financial details of the marriage.
Summary: Act IV, Scene v
Lucentio (disguised as Cambio) returns to the stage with Biondello, who informs him that Baptista has requested that Cambio bring Bianca to dinner. Biondello explains that he personally arranged for a priest and witnesses to make a hasty marriage to a nearby church. Lucentio accepts the plan to escape, and they leave quickly to fulfill their respective tasks.
Analysis: Act IV, Scene III-V
As Act IV, scene iii opens, Kate was clearly affected by the treatment Petruchio, in particular by the apology he continues to give of his behavior. She complains to Grumio that what particularly infuriates her is that Petruchio torments under the pretext of love.This pretext not to mention erratic behavior of Petruchio and conclusive, it is difficult for her to react to its actions with its typical angry because it seems to have the best intentions and no desire his happiness and comfort. Yet, given the obvious intelligence of Kate, it is remarkable that she does not see through facade Petruchio and realize that is simply failure. Most likely, it is suspect in a criminal act, as she indicates when she says that the storm “as the perfect love”, implying that the “name” and reality do not necessarily correspond to (IV.iii.12). It just does not want to stand up to him on this point.The game is, after all, a comedy, and we are probably meant to suggest that, despite their difficulties, Kate and Petruchio fall in love, if they have not already done so. Under the influence of comic love, Kate is much less likely to use the full power of critical thinking to see through the schemes Petruchio.
Of course, the attraction between Kate and Petruchio, which exists despite their social inequality and appears to come from their intellectual equality, is at the heart of our ability to read Taming of the Shrew as something more than just a disturbing chronicle of the sixteenth century domestic abuse. Most readers, like John E. Howard notes in his introduction to the piece in The Norton Shakespeare, “saw in the relationship Kate and Petruchio an attractive mutuality and vitality they find difficult to reconcile with the idea that the game is simply a lesson in how to make a woman. “This sense of” reciprocity attractive “is what allows the game to be funny, but one of the complications of insoluble Taming of the Shrew is the question of how we should reconcile the apparent love affair with the two main characters an obviously cruel treatment Petruchio his new wife.
In Act IV, Scene III, Kate once again tries to draw the line: when Petruchio tries to throw the cap that the tailor is, that love. She’s had enough and tries to establish an autonomous position:
. . . I hope I have permission to speak,
And I will speak. I am not the child, no baby.
. . .
. . . I will be free
Even in the extreme as I please to say.
Unfortunately, not even this is enough to get her as much as the cap at the end. It can be free in word, but his words now a deaf ear, which is the source of his frustration. Before she met Petruchio, although his words were rarely taken well, at least, she could be assured of a reaction to them, and it seemed to take a certain pleasure in the reaction that it could tear men. Now her words are ignored, even when it takes on board and request that the simple courtesies. Now in fact, it can not choose, because if it is powerless to Petruchio, she does bear great shame if she fled and returned to Padua.
Also in Act IV, Scene III of Shakespeare expands his social commentary to include a critique of the importance attached to clothing. Petruchio says it is “the spirit that makes the body rich, / And the sun breaks through the darkest clouds, / Honor peereth So in any suit” (IV.iii.166-168). By “last habits,” Petruchio means clothing the poor. This speech echoes the sentiment expressed earlier that Petruchio to Baptista before marriage, and repetition should be noted. Induction of claim seemed that the clothing and accoutrements could actually change the man: Sly changed a drunkard to a nobleman. Yet here, Shakespeare suggests the opposite: the intimate nature of a person will eventually shine through, regardless of the clothing that the person chooses wear. Indeed, the cunning Sly nobility will only last a short time, sooner or later he will be back to the streets. It is not clear whether Kate shares a similar fate, however. Like dresses Sly lord, the fact of society force Kate to wear wedding attire, both literally and figuratively. Unlike Sly, Kate is unhappy in the role of women, a role that stifles her independent spirit. In this scene However, the motivations and actions continue to show Kate that she is changing, Shakespeare forces us to wonder if the garment does not influence the person inside.