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Shakespeare's Interpretation of Men in Taming of the Shrew Apparently Shakespeare was writing at a time in which men dominated society and patriarchal ideology was very much shown as girls had hardly any rights and opportunities in life in comparison to those of men. Entirely represented within Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew', the personality 'Petruchio' portrays this dominance of men and the manner by which they were able to abuse and humiliate women. Thus I feel that in this drama, women are used as a symbol of male energy, or lack of it. Shakespeare frequently expresses male supremacy concerned with different topics: love, marriage, wealth and hierarchy. In this essay I shall assess the different interpretations of these individual personalities in 'Taming of the shrew' and the way in which they represent the topics that I have mentioned previously. Verbally dextrous, Petruchio states clearly he wishes to "Haply wive and thrive as best as I may". Represented to become conceited and egotistical, his arrogance is reflected by his belief that he isn't worried about love and believes he has the power to triumph over Kate, "Why that is nothing". Further highlighting this Petruchio sees girls as a ownership and money for a requirement for marriage, "I am master of what's mine". Insulting Kate, he also lists her alongside his critters, "My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing". This demonstrates that Shakespeare interpreted dominant guys to emphasise their wives and disregard their feelings as their only concern was their wealth and prominence within the society. Stated as "Nothing less but emotional rape", Shakespeare utilizes Petruchio to maintain his dominance.