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Many critics accuse Shakespeare of being a misogynist by presenting silly idiotic and unintelligent women in his plays who are ultimately dominated by the strong intelligent and sensible male characters At first glance of the shrewish subject of The Taming of the Shrew Katherine this supposition may in fact be worthy of consideration Katherine while beautiful is headstrong obnoxious and unwilling to fulfill her role as a dutiful daughter to Baptista Her independence may be considered silly idiotic and unintelligent to some who feel that she should simply conform to societal pressures that surround her comply to her fathers wishes marry a suitor of his choosing and live with her husband happily ever after whether she is actually happy or not To others like Petruchio Katherines character and personality was appreciated and even desired Although it may seem that Petruchio tames Katherine by his sometimes domineering and uncanny antics it is actually his desire to marry a woman with attributes similar to himself that leads to a successful and faithful relationship between him and Katherine at the end of the play In act I scene II Petruchio is introduced for the first time and is shown to be a lively and pleasant young man although his arrogance and sense of humor are noticed more later on He has come to Padua to seek a wife for his father has passed away and he is ready to settle down On hearing of Katherines large dowry he quickly determines to woo her in spite of her unpleasant personality Since he is looking for a bride he decides she might as well be a wealthy one Judging by this it would seem apparent that Petruchio only is willing to meet Katherine because of her wealth It is intriguing to note however that Petruchio is already very wealthy in his own regard Crowns in my purse I have and goods at home and so am come abroad to
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