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Oct 22, 2012 - Communication    No Comments

Katherine vs Petruchio: Behaviour comparison

In the beginning of the play, we see insulting behaviour from both Katherina and Petruchio, this is in the form of a ‘sparring match’ with insults.

Petruchio uses various sexual innuendos and normal insults when he is insulting Katherina, for example;

when Petruchio calls Katherina a wasp, she replies with “if I be waspish, best beware my sting”.

Katherina also states that Petruchio doesn’t know where a wasps sting lies, Petruchio says what it is in his tail and Katherina replies with: “in his tongue” and “yours, if you talk of tales, and so farewell”,

to which Petruchio replies with:”what? With my in your tail?, this is a clear sexual innuendo as he is implying that he wants to commit an act of oral sex,  this type of  insult is much cruder and blunt than Katherina’s smart and indirect comebacks, this is one of the reasons why Petruchios and Katherinas behaviour is not comparable.

Another reason for this is the insulting behaviour Petruchio has in other parts of the play, for example, when katherina and Petruchio are married and they go to petruchios household, Petruchio is rude and bullies the servants over petty things, such as how cooked the meat is, he is also violent and cruel, he repeatedly strikes his servants and forbids katherina from eating and sleeping, this is another reason why petruchios and Katherinas behaviour is not comparable, katherina, although strong minded and independent she is  a very reasonable person, she is also noticeably more quiet as the play progresses, speaking only in protest of  petruchios behaviour, Petruchio believes that’s Katherina  is some ‘wild animal’ to be tamed.

Oct 4, 2012 - Communication    1 Comment

Taming of the shrew character description: Katherina

Katherina is one of the main characters in the play, Taming of the shrew, she is described as strong minded, and Very independent, although she is sort after by petruchio, she wants nothing to do with him , she is not easily upset and doesn’t follow the behavior and nature of average women in the renaissance era.

She is not particularly interested in a relationship and is often described as a shrew or even frigid because of her behavior  she is also seen as a sort of enemy be many people because of her strong and independent nature, which was not how the majority of women in renaissance era Italy behaved.


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