Petruchio Essay

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Petruchio and Patrick Verona are two characters representing the one thing in both Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You, and that being the tamer of the “shrew” or Katherine as both characters are named in the movie and the play. The men in both stories are used by other characters to tame this shrew and remove her from the equation so that they may marry her younger more beautiful sister and in both texts see this as a challenge whilst at the same time receiving an incentive for doing so, in the play it is payment from the father for marrying his daughter and in the film money from one of the characters seeking her younger sister. Petruchio is a wealthy bachelor who is on the prowl for a rich wife. When he hears about Katherine Minola, he agrees to marry her despite her reputation as a shrew. Petruchio sees himself as the ultimate shrew taming champion and finds this to be yet another challenge. Petruchio throughout the movie is a character that is quite honest with who he is and that is summed up as seeing money to be more important than anything else, Signior Hortensio, 'twixt such friends as we Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know One rich enough to be Petruchio's wife, As wealth is burden of my wooing dance, Be she as foul as was Florentius' love, As old as Sibyl and as curst and shrewd As Socrates' Xanthippe, or a worse, She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Affection's edge in me, were she as rough As are the swelling Adriatic seas: I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua. (1.2.10) This is a long speech but it pretty much sums up Petruchio as a character. Here, he says he doesn't care if a woman is ugly, old, or shrewish as long as she's got wealth, he'll marry her because money makes him happy. Petruchio himself does not change much throughout the play as he is himself and stays true
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