Sexual Puns In Petruchio's Conversation Of Katherine

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Petruchio uses sexual puns in an effort to undermine Katherine 's anger and resistence. Many other characters in the play refer to Katherine as some sort of dangerous wild animal, and in this conversation, Petruchio refers to her as a wasp. In anger, She replies that if she is a wasp, then Petruchio should be wary of her sting. In a confident manner, Petruchio replies that he will just simple pluck her stinger out making it impossible to hurt him. When Petruchio says this, he is basically challenging Katherine. The challenge of Petruchio taming her and Katherine resisting. Other characters frequently compare Katherine to a dangerous wild animal, and in this case, Petruchio calls her a wasp. She replies angrily that if she is a wasp, he had
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