Petruchio’s Intention Toward Katherina

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Petruchio’s Intention Toward Katherina Evident by her use of prose, Kate does not conform to the ‘acceptable behaviour’ that is expected of her and is consequently she is isolated, insulted and made to feel an outcast by the majority of society. Images of hell and demons are often concerned with her character establishing that the male characters are afraid of her outrageous behaviour, “From all such devils, good lord, deliver us”. Even her own father refers to her as “a most impatient devilish spirit”. I therefore believe it can be established that Kate has an acceptable explanation as to why she acts so outrageously if she has been constantly criticised and offended. Patently Petruchio commits himself to “tame her”, using several methods which prove to be patronising and are aimed to shock and intrigue Kate. In this essay I will assess the extent Petruchio’s intentions are to dominate and control Kate or whether in actual fact, he aims to liberate her through his domination with the hope that she will begin to enjoy life and be socially accepted. Defining his aims clearly, Petruchio states, “Haply to wive and thrive as best I may”, making no disguise of the fact that he wants a rich wife. First meeting Kate, he uses a technique described as “nothing less but psychological rape” as he uses his verbal authority and supremacy to attack her mind. “Yet not so deeply as to thee belongs, myself am mov’d to woo thee for my wife”. Appearing to be opinionated and dictating Kate, Petruchio begins by asserting the fact that he wants to calm her so that she is like everyone else, “for dainties are all Kates”. Stating facts that are negativ... ... middle of paper ... ...e, dishonest attitude: an act of a misogynist bully. Suffering physically as deprived from sleep and food, Petruchio intends to silence her by being more shrew than she is however this is an act of someone who evidently benefits from being recognised as the authority. In the very first act of the play Petruchio states that he doesn’t care what type of person he marries as long as they are wealthy, “Be she as foul as was Florentius’ love, As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd….” And this is exactly what he has done by marrying Kate , “I come to wive it wealthily in Padua”. I believe that using an uncompromising desire to dominate, distinctly Petruchio aims to form a relationship in which he succeeds with the upper hand: a relationship that will benefit him with wealth and a wife who obeys and conforms to his demands.
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