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In the Taming of the Shrew Petruchio recognizes respects and desires Kates intelligence and strength of character He does not want to conquer or truly tame her He is a man who is very confident in himself and does not want or need someone to massage his ego Petruchio seems to me to be a man of sport and challenge and likes to surround himself with witty challenging people He wants in a mate what Kate has - fire From Petruchios response to his friend Hortensio Iii64-75 it might be said that Petruchio came to Padua to make himself richer by marriage to any woman no matter how wretched Petruchio is not in desperate need of money Iii56-57 He tells Hortensio Iii49-57 that his father has died and that he is out in the world to gain experiences he cannot at home and only secondarily to find a wife Also immediately before this declaration is the scene of misunderstanding between he and his servant Grumio about knocking on the gate Iii5-43 I see this exchange as demonstration of his enjoyment of verbal sport a good example of Petruchios sense of humour and his appreciation of things non-conventional Though Petruchio may not agree with what society has determined to be proper and dignified he is aware of the importance of appearing to conform In what he says to Hortensio I feel he is simply extending this sport and humour into the ironic It is in Hortensios description of Kate that I believe Petruchios interest is captured Hortensio describes Kate Iii85-89 as wealthy young beautiful properly brought up intolerably cursed shrewd and forward Though Hortensio finds the last three traits negative characteristics Petruchio appears to be a man who also posses and is proud of these negative qualities That the qualities are considered negative in Kate and not Petruchio is a reflection of the societal standards of the fifteen hundreds
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