Petruchio openly woos his bride to be Kate; however, the other three suitors for Bianca take a different approach. The three suitors, Lucentio, Gremio, and Hortensio, all secretly try to woo Bianca, but the strategies and schemes they make are all very different. Petruchio seems manlier for wooing Kate openly; however, the cleverest of the three suitors appear to be Lucentio.
Petruchio agrees to marry Kate, however only because he wants to have a good time and a rich wife. Petruchio seems manly because he openly courts Kate and asks her to kiss him and to celebrate their engagement. Petruchio saying sweet words to Kate such as, “is this not well? Come, my sweet Kate. / Better once than never, for never too late” (V.i.130–131). Petruchio is brave enough to tell Kate’s father Baptista that he and Kate are in love and wed as soon as possible. Petruchio’s way of wooing a woman is definitely manlier than the three suitors woo Bianca for her hand. Petruchio also does not take no for an answer from Kate; and, when she rejects him; he still acts as if she loves him. When Kate hits him and insults Petruchio, he only responds with courteous responses and compliments. Petruchio does not give up easily on Kate saying, “Alas, good Kate, I will not burden thee! For, knowing thee to be but young and light” (II.i.1050). A real man only compliments a shrew. The way that Petruchio shows his feelings for Kate and willingly takes all her shrewish behavior without complaint is the behavior of a true man. He also shows his anger after he marries Kate by starving her and training her to obey his command. His aggressive actions show off his manly side, but show off his beastly side, as well. Petruchio’s boldness and manly nature wins Kate over, and she marries him.
Hortensio’s scheme however involves deception and offers him the expected victory of winning her love. Hortensio disguises himself as a tutor to help Bianca learn music allowing him to serenade Bianca while he teaches her. Hortensio is quite cunning giving hints about his feeling to Bianca through the music he plays. Hortensio teaches Bianca music, which gives him the perfect opportunity to woo her with his music so that he wins her and not Lucentio. Hortensio is cunning enough to think of picking music to teach Bianca in attempt to make Bianca fall in love with him. Hortensio is cunning but not that cunning because he ends up giving up on Bianca and marrying a shrewish widow and fails at his plan. Hortensio gives up on his plan when he figures out that, Bianca loves Lucentio and that he is just wasting his time wooing her as her tutor.
Gremio, the oldest out of the three suitors, plans to team up with Hortensio, but still competes with Hortensio to win Bianca’s hand. Gremio plans to find a schoolmaster for Bianca so that he can impress her father. Gremio finds a schoolmaster...