The play ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’

The Taming Of The Shrew is a comic play based around a town in Italy called Padua. In my view, the play is mainly centred round the relationship of Petruchio and Katherina. Petruchio, a young, ambitious and (it could be said) ravenous man has his heart set on locating a young and beautiful women with a wealthy background to be his wife. The fact that he will only be interested in the women for her money is indicated several times before the meeting of Petruchio and Katherina.

Katherina is the daughter of Baptista, a wealthy man of Padua. She is one of two daughters and because of her widely known temper and spiteful personality she has failed to attract the attention from the suitors of Padua. They are all instead turned towards the silent beauty of her younger sister Bianca. This is obviously upsetting for Katherina but she doesn’t change her ways to attract attention of suitors.

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It is as if she doesn’t want to be married to people with wealth that are forced upon her and she voices her views without hesitation. Katherina shows that she is in fact angered and upset by the willingness of the suitors of the town to turn to her sister when she is the older of the two, and she should be married before her. She turns her anger to violence directed at Bianca as shown in the beginning of Act 2 Scene 1, shortly before the meeting of Petruchio and Katherina.

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