The Taming of the Shrew Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Could it be possible that 'Adriatic Seas' refer to Venice in The Merchant of Venice? Refer to Act 1 Scene 2, lines 69-71. Here is my theory: She moves me not, or not removes at least Affection's edge in me, were she as rough As the swelling Adriatic seas.   In terms of historical context, the Adriatic sea is the backyard of the Venetians and has been under the control of Venice ever since its rise. Noting the play's setting in Italy, and the word 'swelling' possibly being a euphemism for 'rise', could Venice be used as a metaphor for Petruchio's affection? This is because Venice conjures up a picturesque image, the water city that is both beautiful and unconventional for its success as a maritime empire. Both attributes can relate back to Katherina. In addition, 'not removes at least affection's edge...were she as rough' seems to suggest that he is undaunted by the feat to tame the Adriatic seas. Is my theory too far fetched or are there any sort of basis for this?

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