Much of what we know about Kate initially comes from what other people say about her.
The play is based on a folk narrative common throughout the Indo-European world. Jan Harald Brundvand made an exhaustive study of over four hundred versions of the story from 30 countries. The taming is a play within a play The shrew is the elder of two daughters and is identified with the devil At the wedding, the groom arrives late, is dressed poorly and rides an old nag.
He has a falcon, he behaves boorishly. Taming tactics include depriving the wife of food, and forcing her to agree to absurd statements.
The wife comes at once when called, is polite to all, she steps on her cap, and kisses her husband in public. There are other correspondences, sufficient to suggest that Shakespeare is dramatising an existing, well-known story, rather than composing his own.
Whilst the misogynist aspects of the play are difficult to accept in our modern age, perhaps Shakespeare, despite his sensitive treatment of women in his other plays, was not overly-concerned with the misogynist aspects of this play, as he was presenting a well-known folk tale as a drama, early in his career.
The play is presented as a play within a play. The play within the play is dreamt by the drunk, as a wish-fulfillment dream of how he will deal with his wife when he returns home the next day. There is very little textual evidence in the play to support this idea. The play within the play tells the story of the courtship and marriage of Katherina, eldest daughter of Baptista Minola, and Petruccio a poor nobleman looking for wealth.
Katherina, frustrated by her foolish father, and his sillier friends, has developed the habits of a shrew. They elope together and get married, and are reconciled with her father.
At the wedding celebrations, the main male characters have a bet as to whose wife will be most obedient, and, needless to say, Petruccio wins the bet, when Katherina behave politely, steps on her cap, tells off the other wives, and kisses her husband in public.
Considerations for C21 production: The key problem facing modern productions is how to handle the misogynist aspects of the play which are not really acceptable to modern attitudes toward the relationships between men and women.
Play-reading the play with sex reversal of the parts can be instructive.Everything you ever wanted to know about Katherine Minola in The Taming of the Shrew, written by masters of this stuff just for you. Kate is the title character (the "Shrew") of the play.
The eldest and unmarried daughter of Baptista Minola, no man wants anything to do with her because she's got a hot temper, slaps people around when they make her mad, and shreds men to bits with her razor sharp tongue. Her knack for verbal.
Katherine. Widely reputed throughout Padua to be a shrew, Katherine is foul-tempered and sharp-tongued at the start of the play. She constantly insults and degrades the men around her, and she is prone to wild displays of anger, during which she may physically attack whomever enrages her.
Like many other of Shakespeare's comedies, The Taming of the Shrew features a woman as one of the story's chief protagonists. Katherine Minola is a fiery, spirited woman, and as such, the male dominated world around her doesn't quite know what to do with her. The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between and or altogether disgusted responses to its rough-and-tumble treatment of the 'taming' of the 'curst shrew' Katherina, and obviously, of all potentially unruly wives.".
Katherina, frustrated by her foolish father, and his sillier friends, has developed the habits of a shrew. Attracted to Petruccio, she and he fight for dominance, both before their betrothal, at their marriage, and afterwards at Petruccio’s home.