The Taming Of The Shrew Essay

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The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew is mainly about the character Katherine but is also a little bit about her sister Bianca. Katherine is a rude and violent woman while her sister is quaint and polite. In this play Bianca is not allowed to marry until her sister has. So two men who want to marry her come up with a plan to get Katherine married. They found a crazy suitor for her and set them up. While this was happening Bianca got a third suitor. After Katherine was wed Bianca was courted to one of the three gentlemen and was wed behind her fathers back. After Katherine was married her husband tried to tame her and succeeded. Read the book to see what completely happened and to find out who finally tamed the shrew.

The protagonist of The Taming of the Shrew is Katherine Minola. She is a strong willed female who speaks her mind most of the time. To suitors she seems to be violent, proud, and sullen. This description of her is very accurate. She always gives her father's company trouble by arguing with them.

The antagonist of The Taming of the shrew is not a person but an attribute that the protagonist must overcome. The antagonist Katherine’s shrewdness. Her shrewdness gets in the way of all of her relationships and stops her from creating new ones. Her violent, rude behavior Stopped people from being friendly with her. Her rudeness makes her father want to be rid of her, and her sister pities her a little bit and wants her to be happy.

Their are different types of characters in this play.
1. One dynamic character in The Taming of the Shrew is Katherine.
2. One round character in The Taming of the Shrew is Hortensio.
3. One flat character in The Taming of the Shrew is Curtis. Curtis is one of Petruchio's servants. He is only in one scene. He does not undergo any personality changes.
4. One static character in The Taming of the Shrew is Baptista. Throughout the entire play, he has pretty much the same personality. He is very kind to his daughter Bianca. This is shown when he says, “And let it not displease thee, good Bianca, For I will love thee ne'er the less, my girl,” (I.I. 77-78). He looks at and treats his other daughter, Katherine, like he wishes she were off his hands. His attitude towards these two never changes and he stays the same the entire play.
5. One stock character in The Taming of the Shrew is Bianca. She is the stereotypical golden child. Her father see no fault in her while her sister, the “trouble maker”, is always looked down upon. Her sister is jealous of her and tries to get her father attention by acting out. She is very popular with the men and they tend to flock to her sweet, Innocent presence. She is easily liked and very stereotypical.
6. The foil to Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew is Bianca. While Katherine is loud mouthed and violent, Bianca is a tame, polite daughter. Bianca obeys her fathers every demand and is always polite towards guest in her house. Bianca tries to...

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