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The Relationship Between Petruchio And Katherina In The Play The Taming Of The Shrew

1374 words - 5 pages

An analysis of the relationship between Petruchio and Katherina
throughout the play The Taming Of The Shrew


The Taming Of The Shrew is a comic play based around a town in Italy
called Padua. In my view, the play is mainly centred round the
relationship of Petruchio and Katherina. Petruchio, a young, ambitious
and (it could be said) ravenous man has his heart set on locating a
young and beautiful women with a wealthy background to be his wife.
The fact that he will only be interested in the women for her money is
indicated several times before the meeting of Petruchio and Katherina.

P: "I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;

If wealthily, then happily in Padua."

P: "Signor Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we

Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know

One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife-

As wealth is burden of my wooing dance-"

He also says that as long as she has money she could be:




He thinks that her scolding will have no effect on him and he will
succeed in overcoming Katherinas furious temper.

Katherina is the daughter of Baptista, a wealthy man of Padua. She is
one of two daughters and because of her widely known temper and
spiteful personality she has failed to attract the attention from the
suitors of Padua. They are all instead turned towards the silent
beauty of her younger sister Bianca. This is obviously upsetting for
Katherina but she doesn't change her ways to attract attention of
suitors. It is as if she doesn't want to be married to people with
wealth that are forced upon her and she voices her views without

G: To cart her rather. She's too rough for me.

There, there Hortensio, will you have any wife?

K: [To Baptista]

I pray you, sir, is it your will

To make stale of me amongst these mates?

H: 'Mates', maid, how mean you that? No mates for you

Unless you were of gentler, milder mould.

K: I'faith, sir, you shall never need to fear;

Iwis it is not halfway to her heart.

But if it were, doubt not her care should be

To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool,

And paint your face, and use you as a fool.

Katherina shows that she is in fact angered and upset by the
willingness of the suitors of the town to turn to her sister when she
is the older of the two, and she should be married before her. She
turns her anger to violence directed at Bianca as shown in the
beginning of Act 2 Scene 1, shortly before the meeting of Petruchio
and Katherina.

K: O, then belike you fancy riches more:

You will have Gremio to keep you fair.

B: Is it for him you do envy me so?

Nay then you jest, and now I well perceive

You have but jested with me all this while.

I prithee, sister Kate, untie my hands.

K: [Striking her] If that be jest, then all the rest was so.

These representations of the characters I will analyse have shown that
the characters have very similar personalities and are...

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