The Taming of the Shrew Essay
Petruchio vs. Bianca’s Suitors (topic 1)
On Petruchio's journey to Padua to find a wealthy wife, it becomes quite clear to the reader that Petruchio is an excellent match for Kate. They have similar characteristics and Petruchio remains determined to marry her despite her shrewdness while successfully attempting to tame her. This relationship differs significantly than the suitors of Kate’s younger sister Bianca, Lucentio and Hortensio. Petruchio differs from these men through acceptance of Kate and attempts to tame her as well as his intentions with the character he is trying to pursue. Petruchio and Kate evolve to be a perfect match which can be seen through his character traits and how he differs from Lucentio and Hortensio.
Petruchio and Kate have similar characteristics that produces, in the end, a perfect match between the two of them. Kate is known throughout the town as a foul-tempered, witty shrew. But despite this, he is still determined to make Kate his wife. Petruchio can be a bit of a shew himself. Petruchio establishes that he is Katherine’s intellectual and verbal equal as they match wits in their first interaction, making him, an exciting change from the men who normally surround her. In their first encounter, Petruchio says, “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” (lines 268-270). Petruchio’s forcible treatment of Katherine is designed to show her that she has no real choice but to treat Petruchio with respect and act like a well-mannered wife. As the play concludes, it is apparent that Petruchio and Kate are a perfect match for one another.
Petruchio differs drastically from Lucentio’s intentions on traveling to Padua, methods of pursuing his future wife and relationship with his wife in comparison to Petruchio. Lucentio travels to Padua strictly to expand his education. And although his servant, Tranio, advises him not to forget...