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

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An analysis of the relationship between Petruchio and Katherina throughout the play 'The Taming Of The Shrew' Introduction: 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: Old Curst Shrewd He thinks that her scolding will have no effect on him and he will succeed in overcoming Katherinas furious temper. ...read more.


When Katherina first meets Petruchio he is forward and makes sure he has the first words of flattery before she has the chance to speak. This is Petruchio's strategy to begin the wooing process. Katherina has different ideas as she has a similar strategy planned due to their very similar, but conflicting personalities. P: Good morrow Kate - for that's your name I hear. K: Well you have heard, but something hard of hearing: They call me Katherina that do talk of me. Their relationship seems violent from the start and there is little love involved, more hate. It seems that both characters express their anger through violence. They both feel that they don't have anything in common (i.e Petruchio is in it for the money and Katherina has been chosen to marry Petruchio against her wishes) but they seem to possess similar personalities, for example, they both seem to be sarcastic, Petruchio in a subtle manner, Katherina more obviously. K: That I'll try She strikes him P: I swear I'll cuff you if you strike again K: So may you lose your arms If you strike me you are no gentleman And if no gentleman, why then no arms. ...read more.


Act 3 Scene 2: After the Wedding K: Are you content to stay? After an eventful and chaotic wedding, Katherina is deeply hurt inside, but her anger shows on the outside. This is worsened when Petruchio wants to lave for hom and doesn't attend his own wedding feast. This shows Petruchio's leadership in the relationship at such an early stage. Katherina is understandably furious isn't ready to deal with Petruchio's strange behaviour and tells him he can leave but she will not be going with him. This is an attempt by Katherina to gain some leadership in the relationship because she is only used to getting her own way and doesn't like how she is being treated. K: Nay then, do what thou canst, I will not go today, No, nor tomorrow, not till I please myself. The door is open sir, there lies your way, You may be jogging whiles your boots are green. Whom thou lov'st best; see thou dissemble not. B: Believe me, sister, of all the men alive I never yet beheld that special face Which I could fancy more than any other. K: Minion, thou liest. Is't not Hortensio? B: If you affect him, sister, here I swear I'll plead for you myself but you shall have h Gemma Holt 12O English Literature Coursework: The Taming Of The Shrew ...read more.

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