The Taming of the Shrew Act I, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis

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Petruchio—a forceful man who intends to marry for money

Grumio—Petruchio’s patient servant

Summary
Petruchio arrives in Padua from his hometown of Verona. His father, Antonio, has just died. Petruchio plans to take a wife in Padua and to visit his old friends. In front of the home of his friend Hortensio, Petruchio orders the elderly servant Grumio to knock on the door for him. But Grumio misunderstands, and a scuffle ensues. The clamor brings out Hortensio, who recognizes his old friend and invites the pair in.

Having heard Petruchio’s plan “to wive and thrive” wealthily in Padua, Hortensio mentions Baptista’s daughter Katharina. He entices...

(The entire section is 1187 words.)