Petruchio's Language In The Taming Of The Shrew

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In The Taming of The Shrew Kate uses her words to tell Petruchio that she adores him, but through the admission of these feelings, pleads her full fledged obedience to him, and loses her initial ambiguous way of using her words, and persistence to maintain her independence. In Petruchio's initial attempt to woo Kate, she uses her words to reject him, and he rearranges her words to make a sexual innuendo. Kate does this when Petruchio addresses her very endearingly, and she says “...Moved? In good time: let him that moved you hither/ Remove you hence. I knew you at the first,/ You were a movable” (II.I.196-198). Petruchio tries to charm Kate, and she tells him to leave, and that he is nothing more than a stool. Kate denotes Petruchio while…show more content…
Kate understands that Petruchio has the power to disarm her power of speech when he ends up wooing her through manipulating her words, so it becomes clear that Petruchio has the strength to tame her. The first lost to Petruchio takes it toll on Kate, and leads to her agreeing with crazy accusations that he makes. He intentionally fictionalized statements and forced Kate through punishments to go along with the schemes, and these schemes were the methods that Petruchio used to subdue Kate. An example of this outrageous act is displayed when Petruchio points to an old man is tells Kate she was treat him as a young girl. Kate obeys this command when she says “Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,/ Whither away, or where is thy abide?/ Happy parents of so a fair child…”(IV.V.36-38). Petruchio is using his power over Kate to not completely take away her speech, she can still form her own statements and words, but they must agree with the act that this old man is a young virgin. Kate is beginning to become broken; furthermore, she is conforming to the idea that women must follow all the orders given to them by their superior husbands. Kate reaches her ultimate downfall when she loses her freedom completely after her and…show more content…
In the beginning, Kat tells her father and Bianca that she isn't interested in immature high school boys, and that she will not be changing her mind on the matter anytime soon; however, this does not last, and Kat ends up falling for Patrick. When he tries to woo her, Patrick goes up to Kat and asks her how she is (in a very seductive tone), and Kat responds with “sweating like a pig”( Ten Things I Hate About You). Patrick remains persistent, and responds with “now there’s a way to get a guy’s attention, huh”, but Kat immediately fires back with “My mission in life. But obviously I struck your fancy so you see it worked. The world makes sense again”(Ten Things I Hate About You). Kat shows absolutely no interest, and mocks how girls try to act perfect and presitine in front of a boy they like. She also pokes fun at the stereotype that girls live to seek attention from boys, and sarcastically remarks grasping Patrick’s interest is a life goal of hers. Though she does go back on her word, she never loses sight of who she is, and when she admits her feelings for Patrick, she does so in a way true to her personality. Unlike Katerina in Taming of the Shrew, Kate always gets the last word over Patrick, and never surrenders her words and ideas to please him. The process of Katherine being tamed is visually a very quick deterioration of the
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