The Taming of the Cher
An analysis of Taming of the Shrew and Moonstruck
In The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio subtly manipulates Katherine throughout the text from despising him to being in love with him. He does this so that he can inherit her father’s property when he dies. In the movie Moonstruck, Nicolas Cage’s character, Ronny, does the same thing to Cher’s character, Loretta, in order to get revenge on his brother, Johnny, who is her fiancée. Petruchio and Ronny both have ulterior motives for going after their respective female love interests. These similarities show that relationships between couples often involve manipulation and gain for one person and not the other. Although these stories might appear like typical romances on the surface, they actually show men using women for their own purposes, no matter what era they take place in.
“Petruchio: Then tell me, if I get your daughter’s love, what dowry shall I have with her to wife?; Baptista: After my death, the one half of my lands, and, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.”
(Act 2, Scene 1, lines 126-129)
This conversation between Petruchio and Baptista, Kate’s father, displays the motive that Petruchio has for wanting to marry her. Baptista tells Petruchio that when he dies, Petruchio will inherit half of his land, as well as 20,000 crowns when they are first married. 20,000 crowns is worth around $9,000 today.
When Ronnie and Loretta first meet, Ronnie explains to her that there is bad blood between him and his brother, Johnny, her fiancée. He believes that he was responsible for the loss of his hand. This establishes a reason that Ronnie might want revenge against his brother, and one way to accomplish that would be to steal his fiancée.
“Katherine: Forward, I pray, since we have come so far, and it be moon, or sun, or what you please. And if you please to call it a rush candle, henceforth I vow it shall be so for me.; Petruchio: I say it is the moon.; K: I know it is the moon.; P: Nay, then you lie, it is the blessed sun.; K: Then God be blessed, it is the blessed sun.”
(Act 4, Scene 5, lines 14-21)
In this scene, Petruchio tries to convince Katherine that the light in the sky is from the moon, and not the sun. When she finally agrees with him, he reverses his position and says that the light is from the sun, not the moon, and she agrees with him. By doing this, Petruchio is forcing Kate to agree with him because she knows he won’t stop until she agrees.
In the first scene in Ronnie’s apartment, Ronnie and Loretta are arguing about whether or not he should be mad at his brother. Then during the argument Ronnie flips the table and kisses her. Loretta is hesitant and pulls back, but then decides to accept the kiss. After this, Ronnie picks her up and says “I’m taking you to the bed.” It’s important to note that in this scene, all of the romantic actions are initiated by Ronnie and are not expected by Loretta. In this way Ronnie is, in a sense, forcing Loretta to participate. This is similar to the previous scene in Taming of the Shrew because Petruchio forces Kate to agree with him by getting her into a state where she can only say yes.
In conclusion, the plots of Taming of the Shrew and Moonstruck are similar because both involve the male main character manipulating a female love interest into falling in love with them so that they can achieve personal gain. Even though this is not as prominent in Moonstruck as in Taming of the Shrew, it is still evident if you analyze the behavior of Ronnie, who is the equivalent of Petruchio. Petruchio manipulates Kate by subtly forcing her to agree with him on trivial things so that she will start agreeing with him on larger things, and Ronnie manipulates Loretta by making her participate in romantic acts with him and getting her used to the idea.
Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Taming of the Shrew. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. Print.
Moonstruck. Dir. Norman Jewison. Perf. Nicolas Cage and Cher. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1987. DVD.
It was May 14th, 2006, and I was walking to the dentist with my mom. I had been to the dentist a few times before, and I was starting to get used to it. It was getting to the point where I was looking forward to each visit because of how clean my teeth would feel afterwards, but it all changed on that day. When we got to the office, I jumped up on the chair and held my mouth open for the dentist.
After a few minutes of poking and prodding my teeth and gums, he said “Hmm, this doesn’t look right...” which is something you never want to hear from someone who is looking at your mouth. He asked me to stay in the chair, and he went to go talk to my mom for a bit. However, because of six year olds’ natural tendencies to run around and not do what adults tell them to, I got up and wandered over to the waiting room door. That was when I heard the exact six words I didn’t want to hear, “We could just pull the tooth,” come out of the dentist’s mouth. My eyes instantly widened, and I had to hold back a yelp so that they wouldn’t find out that I was listening. I went back to the chair, my eyes as wide as frisbees. When the dentist finally came back in I put on the best poker face that I had ever done. I felt a sense of dread as he walked up to the chair. I knew what was about to happen.
He said “Sorry about that, I hope you didn’t get too bored.” I could only squeak out a tiny “Please don’t pull out my tooth.” “Don’t worry,” he said, nothing more. He didn’t say if he would or wouldn’t, which only made me even more scared. He laid me back in the chair and went to work. It was the same old stuff at first. Scraping, rinsing, and flossing. I thought that maybe he wouldn’t pull my tooth after all. Maybe I would just be able to go home and still be able to chew on that side of my mouth, but I was wrong.
Before I knew it, I looked over to see him pull out literally a pair of pliers. No special tool or anything, just some plain old pliers. I thought I saw some rust on the tip, but it could have been my imagination. I instantly started screaming and thrashing, trying to escape the unbearable pain that I knew was coming. I knew that I was just delaying the inevitable, but I kept struggling on the off chance that he would give up, leaving me free to live my life with my molars intact, but I wasn’t that lucky. A dentist from the next room over came in to see what all the racket was, then she left and came back with a gurney, complete with medieval style straps. If you have ever seen the movie Saw, then you know what it looked like from my eyes. After much more struggling, kicking, and screaming, it was finally over. I felt around my mouth with my tongue, and noticed a huge, gaping hole in the side of my gums. I felt betrayed. The “nice dentist man” wasn’t as nice as I had thought.
From then on, I never wanted to go to the dentist. Every six months I would pretend to get a very violent case of the flu, which would last from when I found out about the appointment to the second it was too late for me to go. It only worked for the first few times before my mom started to catch on to the act. One day she woke me up by saying “Hey, Colin, we’re going to the store to get ice cream!” I jumped up, got dressed, and sprinted outside to the car. On the way there, I noticed that we passed the store that we usually went to. I thought there was a chance that I’d been deceived, but it was two months earlier than usual, and we weren’t going to where the dentist was before. My mind started racing. My mom looked over and saw my worried look, and she said “Oh, yeah, we’re going to a different store. This one has better ice cream.” “Ok,” I said, but in the back of my mind I didn’t completely trust her. If the dentist tried to dupe me into giving up a tooth, then could my mom do the same thing? That was when we pulled into a parking lot, and I saw the word “Dentist” written in huge, chrome letters on the building across the street. Immediately I tried to run, but she anticipated this, and she picked me up, threw me over her shoulder, and started walking towards the office. “Please don’t make me go to the dentist!” I yelled. She said “It’s for your own good, Colin, you’ll understand when you’re older.” The next half hour was filled with apprehension and fear that something unexpected would happen. I never truly got used to going to the dentist until a few years ago, which is when I eventually decided that it wasn’t worth worrying about, and figured that it would go faster if I didn’t struggle.
For a long time after that I thought that being scared of the dentist was an uncommon fear. Even after overcoming it, I still felt that it was unusual. I wondered if it was completely unreasonable, and that I was just being a wimp. Then, this year in class, we read The Things They Carried, which contained a chapter called “The Dentist,” where a character, Lieutenant Curt Lemon, has to overcome his fear of the dentist, even requesting that one of his teeth be pulled out in order to prove to his squad-mates that he wasn’t a coward. It first surprised me that this fear was being brought up in literature, and second it surprised me that a grown man, a soldier, would share this fear that I had only had in childhood. This inspired me to research a fear of going to the dentist, and I found that it was, in fact, a very common fear. I also found that, instead of being referred to as a phobia, which is what I assumed it was, it was actually more similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This made sense, as having a tooth pulled out by the dentist at six years old unexpectedly was a pretty traumatic event. After finding this out, I felt relieved. At that point I knew that I was normal, and I could feel secure with the fact that I was scared of the dentist. Even further than that, I could feel proud of myself, knowing that I had overcome a fear that is crippling to some people.
¿Qué es su nombre?
Mi nombre es Diego Pierce.
¿Cuantos años tienes usted?
Tengo veinticinco años.
¿Qué universidad asististió?
Asisté a la Universidad de Penn.
¿Dónde vida usted?
Vivo en Filadelfia, Pensilvania
¿Tiene una coche?
Sí, tengo un coche pequeño.
¿Porque quiere el trabajo?
Necesito dinero para mi casa.
¿Qué es usted maestría?
Mi maestría es para ingeniero de las computadoras.
¿Tengo un doctorado?
No, no tengo un doctorado.
¿Donde trabajó pasado?
Tuve trabajos en el Franklin Institute, en el Tienda de Apple, y en National Instruments.
¿Tienes una familia?
Sí, mi mama viva en Oregon, pero no tengo niños o una esposa.
¿Va a trabajar en sábado y domingo?
Es posible en sábado, depende de las horas. No es posible nada en domingo.
¿Qué su tiene qué nuestra compañía necesita?
Puedo escribir programas de la computadora, y editio audio y vídeo.
¿Va a ir en diez años?
Voy a estar el presidente de los United States.
¿Qué son las metas de su vida?
Voy a tener mucho dinero, y una familia con muchos niños.
¿Va a trabajar duro?
Sí, voy a trabajar duro para todo los días.
Comentarios / Recomendaciones
This is really good. You kept the sentences simple and only used vocabulary we learned. However, in some answers, you wrote phrases. I think you should reply in full sentences to be more professional. (:
2. Lorenzo Rahman
This is mas-o-menos good. You need to fix some things with vas- use voy for subject. As Rifah (Ana) said make your replies more professional.
3. Anita Hahsy
I liked it. It was great because i was simple and sweet and you got to the point. Your sentences were great 2 things that messed me up on the way but I commented if you look on your script.
4. Luke Risher
I thought that it was good and that you used only what we know. Makes sure your stuff is for usted which is conjugated like you were saying him or her. Make sure it’s two minutes and also it’s very simplistic might want to add more for a better grade.
5. Carmen Messing
In your answer with age it should be “venti y ocho.” Make sure you are conjugating for usted instead of tú. Your answers are very short. To make them longer try to turn the question into a statement (TAG). You also used a couple words nobody knows of, so try to use what you already know in Spanish.
Nuestro cliente es Owen Grzywinski. Tiene 18 años. Él es muy sociable y más o menos alto. Le gusta jugar videojuegos, leer libros, y a veces, escribir cuentos y poesías. También, le encanta su perro Zeus. El prefiere casas modernas y elegantes, en las montañas si es posible. Sus deportes favoritos son fútbol, frisbi y golf.
iBienvenidos cliente! La casa diseñamos es muy fabuloso. La casa es cerca de Los Angeles, en Pequeño Tujunga Canyon Carretera. Está cerca de La montaña Baldy.
La casa tiene dos pisos, siete cuartos en todo, y un balcón chévere. La mayoría de los cuartos tiene ventiladores. Primero en el piso uno, tú entrar en la casa a través de la sala. La sala es grande, y tiene una sofá azul, paredes azules, y un madera dura piso.
Los baños son medio, y tienen duchas, y los lavamanos también. El piso
La oficina es medio también, y hay un piano grande y una computadora por escribir. (El hombre llevando verde la ventana no es importa.) La manta es chévere, y la ventana con un agradable vista.
Hay un lavadero, pero cuidado, es muy despiramente. La cocina tiene una mesa con cuatro sillas y una nevera media. También tiene un bol de manzanas gratís.
El cuarto de los niños es largo, y hay juguetes y una litera. También tiene papel pintado
Finalmente, el dormitorio maestro es muy grande, y tiene una cama para dos personas, y una aparador alto de osos.
Diseñado por Colin y Quinn
This blog post is the third part in a 3 part series on our English class' You And The World project, where we each tackle a problem in our society that we want to spread awareness about. Blog #1 is about our initial research on our topic. Blog #2 is about our field research, where we gathered data ourselves based on survey results or observation. I took a survey of everyone in our class on their opinion of littering.
A signed SOSNA trash bag
In my research between now and my Blog #2, I looked into organizations like the South of South Neighborhood Association who hold neighborhood cleanups periodically, where they supply grabbers and garbage bags (pictures below) to small groups of people who help clean up the street. For my Agent of Change assignment, I participated in the first SOSNA spring cleanup of 2014. I put an ad in the school memo for it, but nobody could make it there. Neighborhood clean ups are a great way to get involved in improving the environment and beautifying your city, and other than that, it's great exercise for your back and arms. A few more interesting things were that we filled up around 10-20 trash bags over about 9 blocks and a couple parks, there was a 4 block stretch where there were no trash cans (except for one belonging to a business), and that the quality of the sidewalks and surrounding buildings appeared to be a big factor in the amount of trash in those places.
Various supplies provided by SOSNA
This was a fun project, and I’m looking forward to participating in litter cleanups in the future. The project has also taught me alot. Mainly that people don’t litter just because they don’t care. It’s also because they just don’t want to touch those gross garbage can handles when it’s so easy to just toss your stuff on the ground, but I digress.
Even though our city is bad in terms of cleanliness, it's only considered the sixth dirtiest city in America. Others include Atlanta at #5, Los Angeles at #4, Baltimore at #3, New Orleans at #2, and the Big Apple itself, New York, at #1. The cleanest was Cheyenne, Washington. Cheyenne even received the EPA’s Clean Drinking Water award in 2009. According to the website, they use special precautions and techniques to prevent large plants from leaking toxic fluids into the water supply. This may help with problems involving larger structures, but it wouldn’t be as effective here. If we as a whole really want to do better, we can encourage more cleanups and stricter laws in those places.
To conclude this post, thanks to Andy from SOSNA for agreeing to let a group of SLA students join their neighborhood cleanup of this spring. Also, big thanks to the 22 people who took my survey on littering (except for that one guy, you know who you are). And thanks to Ms. Dunn and Ms. Lucy for their continuing influence and support.
Annotated bibliography (Sources for #2 and #1. See hyperlinks for #3.)
In my first blog entry, I talked about how Philadelphia is known as the second dirtiest city in America, and how that has an affect on the air and our marine life. I haven't found much new information in real life, but this week I took a survey of 22 people in Philadelphia, mostly from my school, and the new information I found showed a lot about our city's causes of littering.
Of everyone that took the survey, less than half littered (10/22). And of those, none of them said that they littered often. Of everyone that littered, nearly all of them said it was because they were never near a trash can or didn’t have time to find one (9/10), and that they wouldn’t litter so much if the city installed more. Some even said that the city's trash cans were too hard to use (3/10) because they didn't want to have to touch the lid to open it. Every one of the people surveyed said that they thought littering was wrong.
I agree with the survey results. Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to find a trash can in some areas of Philadelphia. You can carry your trash for blocks and blocks, and even if you do find a trash can it doesn’t always have a recycling bin next to it. I thought it was interesting that so many people didn't litter or littered rarely. I think that if there had been a wider variety of people taking the survey then there would've been different results.
Also, I might soon be collaborating with a local business to organize a neighborhood clean up in Philadelphia. They do clean ups regularly in my neighborhood and even hire 8th graders to help over the Summer in exchange for school supplies. Stay tuned for more information.
If you would like to take the survey, visit http://www.tinyurl.com/SLAtrashsurvey.
Mi nombre es Colin, y soy estudiante de Science Leadership Academy. Yo tengo catorce años, y me gusta jugar videojuegos y usar la computadora. SLA es en el centro de filadelfia, en pennsylvania. Hay 5 pisos y 500 estudiantes. Tenemos ultimate frisbee, fútbol, y robótica. Yo participo en robótica porque es diversión y desafiante. SLA también tiene español uno a cinco, álgebra uno y dos, y geometría. SLA es socios con el Franklin Institute y Dell, y ellos damos muchas gratis computadoras.
Tengo álgebra uno y español uno, también historia, inglés, y bioquímica. Mi clase favorita es español porque es fácil y no tenemos mucho tarea. No me gusta inglés o historia porque ellos damos mucho largo tarea y son muy confuso. En todas clases necesita una computadora, un lápiz, y unas hojas de papel. En álgebra y español, necesita una carpeta y paquetes de trabajador. En inglés clase, leemos Macbeth por William Shakespeare. En bioquímica, hacemos muy experimentos. Para tener éxito en esta clases necesitamos para atención y sacar buenas notas.
La Señorita Dunn enseña la clase de inglés. Ella es caucasia y tener el pelo negro y ojos azules. Ella también tener approximate cuarenta años. Su asisto es la Señorita Lucy, y su clase es más o menos confuso. La Señorita Dunn es bien en general. El Señor Todd es joven y en colegio. El enseña historia clase Historia es interesante a veces, y nosotros somos estudiamos esclavitud ahora. En general, el Señor Todd es bueno para un profesor.
Me fascina Science Leadership Academy porque las estudiantes son muy independiente, y tenemos gratis computadoras. Me gusta la indepencia más, pero no me gusta nada consejería después escuela. Total, Science Leadership Academy es muy diversión, interesante, y increíblemente desafiante. Sin embargo, es una fantástico escuela.
Hi, my name is Colin Pierce and I’m a freshman at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. For English this quarter, we have been assigned to research and write a blog about how to combat a recent problem in our society. I decided to address the large amounts of litter in our streets because it seems to have gone out of control in the past few years. It’s degrading to our city and harmful to our ecosystem.
According to this CBS Philly article, Philadelphia was ranked as the “second dirtiest city in the U.S., according to a recently released survey by Travel and Leisure magazine”, and this isn’t just a baseless claim. If you take a walk in South Philly, you can see trash everywhere like it’s on display! You see it in the gutters, in plants, window boxes, in storm drains, and even on people’s porches! It’s not just that it’s making our city look ugly, either. Litter is also making its way into the Schuylkill River and interfering with marine life, which is shown below.
This photo, showing trash in the Schuylkill River, was This diagram from The Living Ocean shows
taken in 2005. how exactly trash affects marine life.
This trash won’t just disappear. If we keep going on like this without making some sort of effort to fix these mistakes, then we can say goodbye to clean drinking water, goodbye to all of our resources, and hello to the rodents and bugs that are attracted to what we leave out. If we continue on this path, then soon we’ll end up having to wear gas masks to work and having smog days instead of snow days, like in China. It seems so easy to not litter, too! There’s trash and recycle bins at almost every corner, and even weekly trash pickup, so why aren't people taking advantage? Is there anything we could do to encourage people to be cleaner? If you have any ideas, leave a comment or go to the Philadelphia Streets website here for more information.
In the beginning of the first quarter, Ms. Hull had us research and create a diagram of our home network. The purpose of the assignment was for us to get a better understanding of how exactly the internet worked, and to give us an idea of how the school's wi-fi worked. In my diagram I have a Comcast Co-Ax cable coming into my house and connecting to my modem. Then, the modem connects to my router through an ethernet cable, and the router connects to all of my family's devices using a wireless network. The router also connects to a signal extender, which transmits to my PS3 and Wii, which are out of range of the regular network. There is no connection to the laptop in the lower-left corner of the diagram because it's too old to install wi-fi drivers on.