Taming Of The Shrew: Shakespeare's Preamble Of Katherine And Bianca



The Taming of the Shrew brings out the comedic side of Shakespeare
where irony and puns carry the play throughout. In my paper, I will
concentrate on one the irony's of the play, the introduction of the two
sisters. These two sisters begin off with the elder, Katherine, viewed as
a shrew, and Bianca as the angelic younger of the two. However, as the
play proceeds, we begin to see the true sides of the two sisters and their
roles totally turn around. I will try to analyze the method in which
Shakespeare introduces the two sisters and how he hints their true identity
and the events for the rest of the play during the first two acts.
Although even her father calls her a shrew, ...

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revenge. This is seen in Act II,
Scene I, when Katherine sums up her own state: “I will go sit and weep/
Till I can find occasion of revenge” (35-36). It is an immature response,
but the only one she knows, and it serves the dual purpose of cloaking her
hurt. The transformation, which she undergoes near the end of the play, is
not one of character, but one of attitude. At the end of the play, we find
out that her negative attitude becomes a positive one.
The shrew is not a shrew at all beneath the surface.
The play begins introducing Katherine with her father's words of
shame towards her when he offers his eldest daughter to the two suitors of
Bianca. The audience is then given their first impression of Katherine
from the Gremio, a suitor of Bianca, right after her father's words when he
says: “To cart her, rather. She is too rough for me.” (Act 1, Scene 1, 55)
From here, Katherine is given the image of a turbulent, “curst and shrewd”
character. She talks back to ...

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takes leave
from the awkward situation of her sister arguing about the preferential
treatment her father gives. (Act 1, Scene 1 81-84) She is given this
divine image as bystanders like Lucentio speak words of: “O yes, I saw
sweet beauty in her face, Such as the daughter of Agenor had”. This give
the audience (those that do not know the content of the play) the
misconception that Bianca will be the more glorified of the two and maybe
as an example for he taming of Katherine. However, as the play evolves, we
begin to see clues to the person under the sheep's clothes as Bianca
constantly takes advantage of her father's favoritism and has no regard to
her sister's feelings and ...

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