Taming of the Shrew: Domestication

Domestication is an important concept in Taming of the Shrew (it’s in the title). Petruchio considers himself a tamer, in that, “my remedy is then to pluck it out,” (II.i.209). By saying this, Petruchio is hinting to his intent to tame Kate. Kate is known for being wild, and all of Petruchio’s friends believe she cannot be tamed and he is wasting his time with her. However, Petruchio believes he is a tamer who needs to tame his wife. He believes in this so much that Hortensio says Petruchio’s place is a place where other mean may learn how to domesticate, and calling it a “taming-school.” Petruchio’s biggest concern is how to tame her antisocial animosity.


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