Petruchio’s Private Journal: A Shakespearean Short Story

Updated on January 1, 2018
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Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, a substitute teacher, and a freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

Taming of the Shrew, Public Domain
Taming of the Shrew, Public Domain


What was really going through Petruchio’s mind in William Shakespeare’s TheTaming of the Shrew? This entry from Petruchio’s private journal sheds some light onto his thought processes. This bit of creative prose was originally written as a creative writing assignment for a course on the works of Shakespeare.

Petruchio forces Katherina to call the sun the moon in The Taming of the Shrew. Julius Caesar Ibbetson; engraver Isaac Taylor.
Petruchio forces Katherina to call the sun the moon in The Taming of the Shrew. Julius Caesar Ibbetson; engraver Isaac Taylor.

From the Desk of Petruchio

I will have Katherina eating out of the palm of my hand in no time. It has been very difficult to keep my composure in dealing with that shrew of a woman, but I do relish in the challenge of it all. I just have to keep up the mask of a caring husband who only wants what is best for her. As if any man could really love a woman like that. She is rather fortunate to have come from money, or she would sure die alone, a miserable old maid.

She hasn’t eaten or slept in days. I saw to that. Such depravation makes a simple task of molding her mind into that of a proper lady. No matter how strong she may think her intellect, a woman’s mind is a fragile and malleable thing. Such creatures are little more than animals to be tamed. It is such a shame her father didn’t do a better job with her. Everything I do, I do for her own good, really, but a silly woman can never see things from the logical point of view of a man. To keep her from complaining of my cruelty, I simply show her love, false as it may be. She may not eat for the food I have to offer is not good enough for a fair lady such as herself. She may not sleep, for the bed I have could never live up to her heavenly standards. Nothing could possibly be good enough for her, or so I would have her believe. I will have a respectable wife to show off soon enough. Status is everything.

When I began this quest I had only hoped for a wife of noble birth with whom I could increase my own social status, but I must say, the challenge of taming this animal woman has been quite the treat. I haven’t been so amused in quite some time. This is a game I fully intend on winning. A lesser man would have given up quite some time ago. Some may have turned tail and fled upon their very first meeting with a creature as insolent as Katherina, but not I. I will tame her yet. She is but my trophy in this game, and soon, she will be more than grateful for my taking her in and showing her how to properly act as a respectable lady should.


"Tameing a Shrew; or, Petruchio's Patent Family Bedstead, Gags & Thumscrews" - From Thomas Tegg's Caricature Magazine, Williams, 1815
"Tameing a Shrew; or, Petruchio's Patent Family Bedstead, Gags & Thumscrews" - From Thomas Tegg's Caricature Magazine, Williams, 1815

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        Natalie Frank 

        13 months ago from Chicago, IL

        Nice! A look into Petruchio's depraved ministrations to make Katherina over into the proper wife to be admired and respected though she is nothing but a trophy for him.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        13 months ago from Shelton

        wow, you are indeed a story-teller.. bravo


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