Why does Petruchio want Katherine and Dian to swap places in The Taming of the Shrew?
In act 2, scene 1 of The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio and Kate meet for the first time in a hilarious wooing scene of physical comedy and witty wordplay. At one point, Petruchio compares his reluctant counterpart to Dian, saying:
Did ever Dian so become a grove
As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
Oh, be thou Dian, and let her be Kate.
And then let Kate be chaste and Dian sportful (2.1)
Petruchio is making a reference to Diana—Artemis in the Greek pantheon—Roman goddess of wild animals and the hunt. Diana is also the classical world’s...
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