Theme Of Petruchio In Taming Of The Shrew

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In the end of Taming of the Shrew, the shrew Katherine says: “Such duty as the subject owes the prince. Even such a woman oweth to her husband;” (Shakespeare 5.2 2663) This is a crucial line in the play, as most of the plot in Taming of the Shrew, revolves around the trials and tribulations of Petruchio attempting to tame Katherine, the shrew of the Minola family. Petruchio is a stubborn man (similar to Kate), hell-bent on taming Kate, as he sees her hard exterior, and makes it his mission to break that tough exterior she holds up. Petruchio at the beginning of the play seems like a man that is insolent to his servants, and only worried about marrying for financial gain, but we soon see this as untrue. Petruchio is a dynamic character which we see as he embarks on a journey to tame Katherine and take her as his wife. By act 3 of Taming of the Shrew, we can see that Petruchio is not only marrying Katherine due to the large dowry, but something that has nothing to do with gaining wealth. He continues to put effort into the task of Taming her, beyond the influence of the wealth that comes with marrying her. In Act 3, scene two, Petruchio states in lines 1474-1482: "Good sooth, even thus. Therefore, ha ' done with words: To me she’s married, not unto my clothes. Could I repair what she will wear in me as I can change these poor accoutrements, 'Twere well for Kate and better for myself. But what a fool am I to chat with you, When I should bid good morrow to my bride and seal
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