In The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, scene i, list words Petruchio uses to describe Katharina and explain how it is humorous.
In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in Act Two, scene one, Petruchio makes a list of Katharina's charming characteristics. He describes her as having beauty and wit. He recognizes her affability and bashful modesty. He insists that she has "wondrous qualities and mild behavior."
What makes this so humorous, and ironic, is that Katharina is none of these things. Where she may be a beauty, it is only skin-deep. Her wit is sharp, but not to be admired as she uses her tongue like a razor. She is not affable at all, but very hard to get along with, and the words "bashful" and...
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This is a play that suggests a man has desprately fallen in love with a womian, and he does not even care that she is feisty, sharp witted and a really difficult person. Kate, at the time likes being difficult, she enjoys the banter between herself and Petruchio. But as Petruchio keeps hounding Kate, she does not give up, she persistantly fights him physically and verbally. He is passionate and wants her, she is cold towards him, and the impression she gives is that she hates the very air he breathes. But, truthfully the attraction is on both sides, Kate is just enjoying the attention.