The Taming Of The Shrew Essay In William Shakespeare’s Play The Taming Of The Shrew, Petruchio Acts As A Master Tamer By Depriving Katherine Of Her...

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In William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio acts as a master tamer by depriving Katherine of her necessities, being a mirror image of her, and making her agree with him. Petruchio displays the qualities of a master tamer by making her agree with all of his opinions. Acting as a mirror image, Petruchio proves he holds the role of a master tamer and will do whatever he wants. In order to be a master tamer to Katherine, Petruchio deprives her of all her basic needs and necessities.
Petruchio deprives Kate of all her fundamental needs and essentials to prove he is going to be a master tamer to her. As soon as they get to Petruchio’s house and sit down for dinner, Petruchio refuses to eat the meal because he verbally expresses it is burnt and forbids Kate to eat the meal as well saying they will fast. Exhibiting his authority as a master tamer, Petruchio stops Kate from eating the meal to weaken her so she cannot resist him. Deprived of sleep, Kate angrily states, “But I, who have never known how to beg and never had to beg, am starved for food, dizzy with lack of sleep, kept awake with curses and fed with brawlings”(4.3.6). Petruchio believes that depriving Kate of her sleep along with food will make her unable to go against what he asks for and says. Getting ready for Bianca’s wedding, Petruchio takes on his role as a master tamer and shows Kate a new dress and hat he has had made for her but he changes his mind. He argues with Kate stating that if she were an elegant and graceful woman she could have the dress and hat, however she is not, therefore she does not deserve them. Depriving Kate of all her necessities, Petruchio believes he is acting as the best master tamer possible.
Besides depriving Kate of her basic needs, Petruchio possesses master tamer qualities by acting as a mirror image of her. Petruchio, being the master tamer, shows up late to his and Kate’s wedding dressed in old clothing. By doing this, Petruchio proves a point that it is not pleasant looking and he can do whatever he wants. During their wedding, Petruchio rudely interrupts the priest and begins cursing at him. He does not hesitate for a minute when doing this because he knows it looks unappealing and disrespectful and this is how people see Kate. Showing his position as a master tamer, Petruchio yells, “Out, you rogue! You pluck my foot awry. Take that, and mend the plucking off the other” (4.1.23-4) and strikes his servant. Petruchio not caring how he looks, reacts and treats...

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