What happens in Act 1 Scene 2 of Taming of the Shrew?

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Summary: Act I, scene ii
Hortensio, determined to find a potential suitor for Katherine so that he himself may marry Bianca, recognizes his opportunity and decides to convince Petruchio to marry the shrew. Gremio and Lucentio enter on their way to Baptista's house, interrupting Hortensio and Petruchio.

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Similarly one may ask, what happens in Act 2 of Taming of the Shrew?

Summary. Inside Baptista's home, Katharina has bound her sister's hands. She demands that Bianca say which of her suitors she prefers, and when Bianca does not, Katharina slaps her. Baptista enters and rescues his younger daughter, reprimanding Katharina.

Similarly, how does Petruchio plan woo Katherine? 1.2 Petruchio, after a word battle with servant Grumio, agrees to woo Kate because he wants a rich wife and the wooers (including Tranio disguised as Lucentio) will pay him. Hortensio plans to disguise himself as a tutor (Litio) to see Bianca.

Also question is, what happens in Act 1 of Taming of the Shrew?

In Act 1, Scene 1 of The Taming of The Shrew, Lucentio and his servant Tranio arrive in Padua. Lucentio, madly in love with Bianca, decides to disguise himself as a teacher for Bianca to eventually win her heart. Meanwhile, Tranio will dress as Lucentio and attend university.

How many acts are in Taming of the Shrew?

five acts

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What offensive does the widow make to Kate what Petruchio tells Kate to do?

Petruchio still has the ability to make them go home should she refuse. The offense of the widow is to argue with Kate at the wedding feast and Petruchio tells Kate to argue back. This is in spite of all his "Taming" lessons which tell her not to argue back.

How is Petruchio dressed for his wedding?

Biondello approaches and announces Petruchio is on his way, dressed in worn, mismatched clothes and riding an old, diseased horse. Grumio travels with him in much the same attire. At the wedding reception, Petruchio declares the wedding feast shall take place but without the bride and groom.

Why does Katherine marry Petruchio?

In this interpretation, Petruchio marries Katharine solely for her dowry. The counterargument is that Petruchio develops love for Katharine and tames her because he sees her shrewishness as a condition that she cannot cure on her own.

What happens in Act 3 of Taming of the Shrew?


In Act 3, Scene 3, Grumio returns early from the wedding. The marriage happens anyway, and everyone attends the wedding feast at Baptista's house. While there, Petruchio decides he has to leave immediately and wants Kate to go with him. Kate refuses, but he says she is his property now that they are married.

What does Cambio recite to Bianca?

What does Cambio recite to Bianca? He recites a few lines from Ovid's epistolary poem the "Heroides". As the musician Litto, Hortensio devises a message, much like that of Lucentio, based upon the arpeggios of the scales. But Bianca notices a minor error in its beginning and rejects it.

What is the one obstacle to tranio's proposal to Bianca?

What is the one obstacle to Tranio's (as Lucentio) proposal to Bianca? What does it imply? Since Lucentio's father is still living, Tranio must show Baptista that Lucentio's father approves of the match and that Bianca would inherit the fortune even if Lucentio should die before his father.

Why does Petruchio wear a costume to the wedding?

The ridiculous outfit Petruchio wears to his wedding with Kate symbolizes his control over her. Simply by wearing the costume, he is able to humiliate her. It may be shameful for Kate to be matched to someone in such attire, but she knows she has no choice if she does not wish to become an old maid.

Why does Gremio marry Bianca?

Gremio is a rather old, wealthy suitor of Bianca, competing for her hand in marriage with Lucentio and Hortensio, as well as others. When Baptista decides to marry Bianca to Lucentio, he adds that she will marry Gremio if Lucentio's financial guarantees don't check out.

What does Baptista decide concerning the marriage of his two daughters?


Of what is Baptista resolved concerning the marriage of his two daughters? Baptista will not give away his younger daughter before his older daughter (Katherina), the shrew, is wedded herself.

Why does Hortensio marry the widow?

Once so sworn, Hortensio announces that he will marry a wealthy widow whom he has only known a short time, who has loved him as much as he has loved Bianca. He promises that from now on, when searching for love, he will look for kindness in women, rather than their beauty.

Who does Hortensio disguise himself as?

Hortensio disguises himself as Licio the music tutor, so he too can get close to Bianca. The ridiculously old suitor, Gremio, has hired Cambio (really Lucentio in disguise) to tutor Bianca as a gift to Baptista.

Why does tranio approach the pedant?

Tranio approaches the newcomer, learning that he is a pedant schoolmaster from Mantua. Tranio says that, as it happens, he is in need of someone to act as his father (meaning Lucentio's father, Vincentio), and so they seal the agreement.

Why is Gremio present in this scene?


He helps his master to marry Bianca. Why is Gremio present in this scene? His is apparently eavesdropping on Cambio, his rival. Tranio (as Lucentio) is Gremio's rival, and Gremio probably wants to discredit him as mush as possible in order to win Baptista's approval to marry Bianca.

Why gentlemen you do me double wrong?

Why, gentlemen, you both do me wrong in arguing over something that is really my decision. I am no schoolboy to be whipped and disciplined. I won't be ordered about with hours and appointed schedules—I will learn my lessons as it pleases me. So to cut off all this arguing, let's sit down and figure this out.