Love in The Taming of the Shrew Essay

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Love in The Taming of the Shrew Wonder, for a moment, what Shakespeare means when he uses the word “love”, if it really does exist in any of the relationships in this play, particularly between Petruccio and Katherine. Is love not a certainty? Such winds scatters young men through the world To seek their fortunes farther than at home, Where small experience grows. But in in a few, Signor Hortensio, thus it stands with me: Antonio, my father, is deceased, And I have thrust myself into this maze Happily to wive and thriveas best I may.…show more content…
I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua. (1.2.64-73) He states that he wants a shrewish and curst woman for a wife, but does not mention before his marriage with Katherine his eventual taming of her shrewdness. This is the cause of two things: duty and pride. It is an obvious assumption that one finds it hard to live a desired life with a mate as wild as Katherine, so in taming her, if he does so succeed, she will be like a trained dog. If you whip a ferocious dog enough, refuse it the basic necessities of living, the dog will learn to respect you out of fear and need. Petruccio has ultimate control once they return to his home. Katherine is fed, clothed, and protected by Petruccio, and he is in control of her fate, happiness, and her life. Thus, his fortune and comfort are assured. Sirrah Grumio, go to your mistress. Say I command her come to me. (5.2.99-100) What is your will, sir, that you send for me? (5.2.103-104) In a betting game with fellow newly weds, Petruccio places a price on his wife’s head relying on her
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