Katharina and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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Katharina and Petruchio from The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare My two favourite characters from the play, The Taming of the Shrew, which was written by William Shakespeare, are Katharina and Petruchio. I find them extremely interesting, not just because they are the main characters, but because of their contrast, chemistry and similarity between them. They go from hating each other at the beginning of the book and by the end, Katharina is obedient, the taming is complete and they are married living happily together. Petruchio has one of the main parts to play in the book as 'the tamer' while Katahrina is alongside him as 'the shrew', which in turn makes up the title of the story. Katharina is very argumentative,…show more content…
So she obviously does not want to marry anyone or is just plain impatient or angry most of the time! An example of this would be, "To comb your noddle with a three-legged stool, and paint your face, and use you like a fool." (Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 64 - 65) Katharina insults Petruchio a lot but he just returns or retaliates with his own insults and begins to mock Katharina by exclaiming, "You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate, and bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst." (Act 2, Scene1, Lines 185 - 186) This possibly could be the beginning of the taming process already! All that Petruchio actually does is to match Kathrina's spite, hate and violence. One thing Katharina says threateningly to Petruchio is, "I'll see thee hanged on Sunday first!" (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 292) This shows us again that she doesn't want to marry Petruchio at all! From the quote, she prefers that he were dead! In Petruchio's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 1 he says he shall 'woo' Katharina and tell her that she is really a nice person and, "Sings as sweetly as a nightingale." (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 171) So Petruchio might actually like Katharina after all and not just the money as I once thought earlier. He then goes on to say that, "If she deny me wed, ill crave the day." That quote supports the fact that Petruchio wishes to marry
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