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Character Summary Petruchio The Taming Of The Shrew

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In the play "The Taming of The Shrew", the character Petruchio shows many strengths and weaknesses. This essay will outline them.

From the beginning of the play many readers can tell that Petruchio's has strengths that include confidence, dictation, and a good sense of humor. Petruchio shows confidence by believing in himself that he can and will tame Kate. (II.i. 270-275) "Thou mush be married to no man but me; for I am he am born to tame you, Kate; and bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate conformable, as other household Kates. Here comes your father; never make denial; I must and will have Katharine to my wife." Petruchio shows his sense of humor during a misunderstanding with Grumio about knocking on Hortensio's door. (I.ii. 5-43). Petruchio uses dictation to his advantage when he becomes married to Kate. When Kate and Petruchio arrive back at Petruchio's home, when the food is served, he pretends that it isn't very good and sends it back, to starve Kate. (IV.i. 165-182). This helped lead Petruchio to tame Kate.

Petruchio's weaknesses vary from his aggression, to being somewhat of a shrew himself. During the misunderstanding with Grumio, Grumio is told to knock on the door but instead thinks he is supposed to knock on Petruchio. Grumio does not follow the order so Petruchio grabs him by the ears (I.ii. 15-19). Petruchio is a shrew in his own ways. In order to tame Kate, he was not going to feed her (above), to keep her from sleeping "Last night she slept not, nor to-night she shall not" (IV.i. 201-202). He turns the Haberdasher and Tailor away after a hat and clothes are presented, Petruchio says they don't fit even though they do. "Why, 'tis a cockle or a walnut-shell, A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap;" (IV.iii. 66-68).

In closing, I feel that these characteristics



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