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Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew Essay

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Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew All actions are initiated with a specific purpose in your mind. For the most part, a confident, type act stems from a good intention. However, what may seem to be hurtful, malicious acts may be inspired by good intentions. This last case is related to Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew." Petruchio demonstrates cruelty throughout his actions, but sensibility throughout his or her intentions. Petruchio develops a smart strategy to change Kate first by devoting her character, then by removing her dignity and by hammering her, rendering Kate docile. From the outset of Petruchio's appearance in "The Taming of the Shrew," he shows cruelty through his activities towards Kate. During Petruchio's very first encounter with Kate, he frustrates her with his "goodly speech" (2.1.255) and fast wit, rather than being a gentleman and showing politeness. He shows no attempt to ditch her or follow proper etiquette of the time but instead is intent on establishing his domineering attitude in the very first minutes of the time with her. At first, it appears as if this is a benign bickering between Petruchio and Kate, however tensions escalate and Petruchio threatens to "cuff [Kate] if [she ] strikes again" (2.1.217). This demonstrates a strong potential for physical cruelty, even though he restrains himself, the danger still remains. Petruchio's cruelty continues, this time in a possessive way when he declares that "Kate will be my hen" (2.1.223...

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