Taming Of The Shrew Essay

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In the play 'The Taming of the Shrew' (by William Shakespeare) the family it is based around is called the Minola family. The Minola family is a complex family, each member being completely different in their own right. They are different for many reasons, jealousy, deprevation and how they stand socially. The 'man' or father of the family is Baptista. A widow who has dedicated his life to ensure that both his daughters marry. However, more importantly, that the eldest daughter, Katharina, marries before the youngest daughter, Bianca. This is due to Italian sixteenth century social standards, which Baptista, as a respected gentleman, heartily follows. Katharina ends up marrying a ...view middle of the document...

Brought up as best becomes a gentle woman" and her only flaw although it is of relative size is "that she is intolerable curst". This remark was said by Hortensio, one of Bianca's suitors, so the remark may be of biased view, because of the spiteful contempt that Bianca has to endure from Katharina, "Katharina, with a whip, stands over Bianca". The behaviour of Katharina results in Bianca's hatred for her, also, people who see Bianca as a good, virtuous maid, "for beauteous modesty", also dislike Katharina. Katharina is merely known as Bianca's sister, not a person in her own right. Katharina has many reasons for the unpleasant behaviour she shows towards Bianca. Bianca, although she may be oblivious to it, receives a lot more love from her father, Baptista, than Katharina does, "I promise you have showed a tender fatherly regard". Baptista obviously loves Bianca more than Katharina, because otherwise he would show Katharina a lot more tenderness "Call you me daughter? I promise, you have showed a tender fatherly regard". He does show Bianca that he is fond of her "He fondles her". A reason for why he is not as fatherly to Katharina is because of the way she treats Bianca. However, Katharina treats Bianca the way she does because of the lack of love on his part. Thus creating an emotional and vicious circle where it would seem that Katharina fairs worst. Katharina, due to her bad temper and terrible reputation, is not loved by any 'sane' or christian man, "a husband! A devil". This may disturb Katharina, which she then ignores and rebels against. Pretending she does not care, when it is obvious she does "Is it for him you do envy me so?". Bianca's many male followers, yet another reason for Katharina to be so vindictive towards Bianca. Eventually, Baptista finds a suitor for Katharina, and so Katharina marries Petruchio, very much to Baptista's delight. Baptista, it seems, did not care what Petruchio was like, even though he is described as a "Devil, a devil a very fiend". Baptista also did not care whether Katharina was not happy with him. He shows this by not caring if Petruchio had to force Katharina to say 'I will' at the church "And kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack". Baptista is far more interested that he has performed his duties as a respected father in sixteenth century Italy. He shows more interest in the technical side of the wedding, "After my death, the one half of my lands, and in possessions twenty thousand crowns". This shows how material things matter more to Baptista than Katharina herself. At Katharina's wedding ceremony, Baptista shows Katharina the extent of his fatherly concern. When Katharina is distressed that Petruchio is delayed for some reason, she runs home. Baptista gets increasingly distraught about this as it has taken him time and effort to find such a willing suitor for Katharina, and so he acts more lovingly than he would do normally, "Go girl, I cannot blame thee now to weep", however, even this act...

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