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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, what is the purpose of Act IV, Scene ii, in the larger scheme of the plot?

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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Act IV, Scene i, concentrates on showing how shrewd Petruchio is in not only taming his new wife, but also in punishing his staff in order to closer align her sympathies to the servants. He plans, it seems, to control Kate by lack of food and sleep—his final intent is to bring her around to his way of thinking. It is during this scene that, ironically, Curtis states that Petruchio may be more of a shrew in his behavior than Katharina.

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