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"The Taming Of The Shrew" By William Shakespeare: The Importance Of Disguise

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The Taming of the Shrew: The Importance of DisguiseHave you ever wished you could be somebody else? Shakespeare, who was one of the greatest writers of all time, told a story that everyone can relate to. Throughout one's life, there is at least one point in time where one wishes they could be someone else. In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare showed that not only was this possible, but it was a reality. This story describes what it was like to live in Shakespeare's day by demonstrating every action of each character and how different elements, such as disguise play into that. Throughout The Taming of the Shrew, disguise played a large part. It allowed one to not only change their clothes or personality, but their social position as well, even if it was just for a moment. Throughout the play, Shakespeare demonstrated that disguise can be either beneficial or detrimental, specifically in the case of Lucentio and Hortensio.There were numerous different disguises discussed within the pages of The Taming of the Shrew. Many of these disguises seemed to be beneficial, yet there were the few that were detrimental. There were also a couple that looked beneficial in the beginning, but actually weren't. Lucentio, who was an aristocrat, became a lowly Latin tutor named Cambio (1.1.213). Lucentio did this all for his love of Bianca and ended up having one of the most beneficial disguises. Tranio, who was Lucentio's servant, disguised himself as Lucentio to play one of Bianca's suitors (1.1.213). This disguise was helpful in that it allowed Lucentio to marry Bianca (5.1.120). Hortensio, who seemed to be an aristocrat, disguised himself as a music teacher named Litio. This was a mistake on his part because it was only for selfish reasons and not really for true love (1.2.133); this was a detrimental disguise. Bianca's disguise was one that was slightly different than the rest in that she didn't disguise herself as another person, but she disguised her personality. Bianca was portrayed as a sweet, obedient, and kind young woman, which was a hugely successful disguise (1.1.72). The merchant was just a simple merchant until he was asked by Tranio to disguise himself as Lucentio's father, Vincentio (4.2.112). This was yet another mistake that could have been prevented if these characters thought about the repercussions of their actions. Obviously, some disguises are successful and effective, while some are definitely not.One of the many disguises in the play was the one of Lucentio. When he saw Bianca for the first time, he knew he wanted to marry her (1.1.127). It seemed like being Cambio allowed him to get closer to her instead of being an actual suitor. One could make the assumption that Shakespeare wrote it this way so that Lucentio [as Cambio] could see her as often as possible without anybody finding out what was really going on. However, everything eventually came out and everyone knew everything. Eventually, the real Lucentio succeeded in his endeavor to...

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