QUERIES FOR DISCUSSION
Is the folk-legend indicative of an inherent relation in marriage of
the male and female natures, or is it merely an expression of
established custom and legalized institution upon gaining for each the
aims and line of conduct desired? If so, is the result of the process
to gain a ground of mutual compromise and accommodation and a division
of labor in joint life which will enable the process itself to fall
Is coercion of others consistent with a high grade of individuality?
Did Petruchio play the Tamer in a "Pickwickian sense" and the whole
thing being a bit of acting, did Kate see through it, finally, and
play her part too?
The use of finesse in the Play (see Introduction to the Play "First
Does Shakespeare's way of handling the characters and the process of
taming materially differ from the way prevailing both in the crude
folk tales and in "A Shrew?"
Does he suggest that in both Petruchio's and Kate's case they are
merely bent upon their own individual emotions until closer relation
makes them join forces?
What is the modern bearing of Shakespeare's way of putting the story?
Partnership and co-operation versus autocratic rule: Are the
administrative advantages of the latter consonant with the good will
and continual psychical development furthered by the former?
Does the intellectual advantage rest with the user of force or with
the mind that accommodates itself to force by gaining its ends by
stratagem and other indirect policies?
Is coercion as wise as persuasion which has no such penalties to pay?