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  • Multiple Heroes In The Taming Of The Shrew - 1,787 words
    Multiple Heroes In The Taming Of The Shrew Multiple Heroes in The Taming of the Shrew Throughout Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, it is easy to see that a great responsibility is put on Petruchio for his efforts in having to tame the shrew, Katherine. With this responsibility also came admiration when his goal was finally achieved. Because of this admiration for taming a shrew, Petruchio is the character most looked upon as a hero in this play. However, I believe that although Petruchio can be looked upon as a hero, Katherine and Bianca also have good arguments as to how they are heroes also because of the drastic ways they changed as people. In my eyes, The Taming of the Shrew has mor ...
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  • Repeat After Methe Taming Of The Shrew - 1,373 words
    Repeat After Me-The Taming Of The Shrew Repeat After Me As she screams at her father Katherine says "What will you not suffer me? Nay now I see She is your treasure, she must have a husband; I must dance barefoot on her wedding day, And for your love to her lead apes in hell" (Shakespeare 35). Katherine knows that her father favors Bianca because she is a goody two shoes of daughter. Kate expresses her feelings of having to be married off first because nobody in town wants her as a wife. Kate does not believe that she should be offered as a wife and then backed up with a dowry. She is quite opinionated about this, with no fear of who knows or not. Katherine's views and beliefs of marriage an ...
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  • Shakespeare, William: The Taming Of The Shrew Battle Of The Sexes - 955 words
    Shakespeare, William: The Taming of the Shrew Battle of the Sexes In the play The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, Petrucio recognizes, respects and desires Katherines strength of character. Petrucio is a clever man who sees beyond facades because he uses them in addition to a lot of irony himself. (II, i 46) (II, I 283 - 89) He is stimualted by Katherines sharp tongue and harsh actions. He proves this in many ways throughout the play. Petrucio is not in desperate need of money, but comes to Padua to find a rich wife. He says To wive and thrive as best I may, when he is telling Hortensio why he came to Padua. He means that he has come to find a wife and get richer. From Petrucios ...
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  • Shakespeare, William: The Taming Of The Shrew Play Critique - 329 words
    Shakespeare, William: The Taming of the Shrew Play Critique A Brutally Honest Critique Recently, the National Shakespeare Company performed a rendition of William Shakespeare's The taming of the Shrew. The play was humorous and allowed for easy interpretation. The comic tone of the play made it a even easier to follow and all the more fun to watch. The play incorporates a variety of literary elements, which the Company did a superb job defining for the audience during the performance. The play is set in Padau, Italy where Luciento, a young gentleman, finds himself heart sick for a young lady named Bianca. Bianca has an older sister Kate, who is quite the ill tempered one. Their father Baptis ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew - 962 words
    Taming Of The Shrew In Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, the author uses a variety of characters portraying all different types of mankind to show a general view of life. The reader directly relates to the conflicts in the plot, and using a mixture of both comedy and irony, Shakespeare is able to obtain an emotional, not critical, response from the audience. G. B. Harrison summarized this writing style by Shakespeare by stating, "When we try to analyze the universality of Shakespeare, we find that he is not particularly original as a thinker, nor is he the only English writer. Others, in various ways, have written poetry as memorable. But he is the most universal of all, because he ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew - 1,157 words
    Taming Of The Shrew In the beginning of "The Taming of the Shrew", some say Shakespeare portrays Katherina as a very shrewish figure. Others may argue that she is not shrewish but just a very strong willed person. At the end of the play some people say she is transformed into a very kind and gentle person, while again others will argue that she is not "tamed" but just putting on an act to "show up" her younger sister Bianca, whom has always been more beautiful and charming. Kate is"like a wasp, like a foal, like foal that kicks from his halter; pert, quick and determined, but full of good heart." 1. This statement made by one author, shows clearly that he does not see her as shrew-like, even ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew - 507 words
    Taming Of The Shrew In William Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is not truly tamed because she simply follows Petruchios orders without changing her spirit. Petruchio gets his hands full when he marries Katherine. She is a very wild and rough woman who needs to be tamed. In the beginning of the story, Katherine is a very wild woman; her father speaks of her violent ways: For shame, thou hilding of a devilish spirit! (II, i., 27-28). Baptista, Katherines father, is obviously fed up with Katherine and her savage manners for him to utter such strong words to his daughter. Katherine is so feral that she will never be able to be tamed. Throughout the play, she remains this way. On the ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew 2 - 817 words
    Taming of the Shrew 2 In the Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio recognizes, respects and desires Kate's intelligence and strength of character. He does not want to conquer or truly tame her. He is a man who is very confident in himself and does not want or need someone to massage his ego. Petruchio seems to me to be a man of sport and challenge and likes to surround himself with witty, challenging people. He wants in a mate what Kate has - fire. From Petruchio's response to his friend Hortensio (I.ii.64-75), it might be said that Petruchio came to Padua to make himself richer by marriage, to any woman, no matter how wretched. Petruchio is not in desperate need of money (I.ii.56-57). He tells Hor ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew Analysis - 218 words
    Taming Of The Shrew Analysis The Taming of the Shrew: Act IV Scene I Grumio arrives at Petruchios house after accompanying Petruchio and Kate on a long journey from Padua. Grumio affirms the fact that the servants are well prepared for the new couples arrival. He tells Curtis, another servant to Petruchio, of an incident that occurred on the trip. Katherinas horse had thrown on her off and then remained on top of her. Petruchios reaction was not to assist Katherina, but to strike Grumio for letting the horse fall. Grumio also explains how Kate actually tried to stop Petruchios physical attack on Grumio. Here, we can plainly see the beginning of the taming of Katherina, the shrew. When the co ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare - 1,030 words
    Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare isprobably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction inwhich a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play hewatches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming OfThe Shrew. In it, a wealthy land owner, Baptista Minola, attempts to have his two daughters married. One is veryshrewish, Katherine, while the other is the beautiful and gentle Bianca. In order to ens ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew Inside - 1,698 words
    Taming Of The Shrew Inside Despite the fact that Shakespeare is mostly known for its tragedian playwrights, yet, in The Taming Of The Shrew, he once again proves that he is capable to write anything even comedy. The Taming Of The Shrew is a play within a play. However, the play takes place towards the end of the 16th century. Most of the comedy scenes are shifted from the city to the country and back to the city. Therefore, most of the scenes took place in the city of Padua, Italy. Christopher Sly is a drunken tinker who appears in the induction of the play. Nevertheless, he is fooled by a lord stating that he is a lord and has been mad for fifteen years. Therefore, there is a play that is t ...
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  • Taming Of The Shrew Kathrinas Evolution - 766 words
    Taming Of The Shrew (Kathrina's Evolution) TAMING OF THE SHREW Katherina's Evolution Katherina in my opinion is smart and quick witted. I do not feel sorry for her because she brought her situation on herself by letting Bianca and her father harass her. Katherina is shown to be a shrew at the start of the play. As we delve into the play we find that Katherina is not really a shrew but a caring and loving person. She acts shrewish because she feels inferior to her younger sister who has three suitors. Katherina acts like a shrew most of the time because it is the only way she knows how to get anyone's attention, positive or negative. Katherina has a great desire for a husband to love and care ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew - 1,506 words
    The Taming Of The Shrew We think people act the way that their true identity is. Every person has disguised their true identity at one point in time has. We display these false characters or put on our masks for some personal gain. Many times, complicated situations occur because of the changing of peoples masks between reality and illusion (Cahn 39). In a similar way, The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, does just that. He creates a soap operasituation by placing different masks on his characters. Katharina does not know how to properly act to gain attention, but instead she places a maskon herself that becomes her reality. She is known throughout Padua as the shrew of the town. ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare Is Probably One Of Shakespeares Earliest Comedies Its Plot Is Derived From The - 1,027 words
    The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is probably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming Of The Shrew. In it, a wealthy land owner, Baptista Minola, attempts to have his two daughters married. One is very shrewish, Katherine, while the other is the beautiful and gentle Bianca. In order to ensure Katherine is married, Baptista dis ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew Humour - 812 words
    The Taming of the Shrew - Humour In The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare creates humour through his characters by creating false realities (as demonstrated by Petruchios behaviour and attire in the scene of his wedding) and by the use of subterfuge and mistaken identity (shown in the final scenes with the transformation of Kate and Biancas respective personas). He also uses irony quite extensively, especially towards the end of the play (as can be seen in the final wager scene). The concept that things are not always as they seem is quite evident in the events surrounding, and including, Petruchios wedding ceremony. This particular scene in the play demonstrates how the use of false realitie ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew Mistaken Identity - 796 words
    The Taming of the Shrew - Mistaken Identity The Taming of the Shrew In Shakespeare's comedy, "The Taming of the Shrew," one of the main ways that the theme is shown is by mistaken identity. The main theme of this play is that what a person is really like is more important than how they appear to be. This is shown by Petruchio's relationship with Katherine; the changing roles of Tranio, Lucentio, and Hortensio; and the true characters of Bianca and Katherine. All three of these situations help to enrich the theme. The first predicament that supports the theme is Petruchio's relationship with Katherine. When we first meet Petruchio, he is only after the money of Katherine, and accepts her hars ...
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  • The Taming Of The Shrew William Shakespeare 15641616 - 1,614 words
    The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Type of Work: Dramatic, farcical comedy Setting Warwickshire, England and Padua, Italy; sixteenth century Principal Characters Christopher Sly-an indolent, fat tinker Baptisa Minola-a rich Italian gentlemen Bianca-his refined, youngest daughter Katherine-his sharp-tongued, eldest daughter Gremio-Bianca's rich and elderly suitor Hortensio-Bianca's other suitor Petruchio-Hortensio's friend Lucentio-a rich and colorful gentlemen Tranio-Lucentio's servant Story Overveiw The hostess of the inn bellowed at the drunken tinker, berating him for the glasses he had burst and threatening to c ...
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  • 13 Were The Elizabethans More Bloodthirsty Or Tolerant Of - 1,210 words
    ... repulsiveness. His is a Dionysianism so passionately self-serving, so deliberate if not cold-blooded, that, corrosive rather than life-giving like the Dionysian at its best, it turns all not only to destruction but to cheapness, ignominy, pointlessness. -Theodore Weiss, The Breath of Clowns and Kings, 1974 - The great stories of murder are about men who could not have done it but who did. They are not murderers, they are men. And their stories will be better still when they are excellent men; not merely brilliant and admirable, but also, in portions of themselves which we infer rather than see. Richard is never quite human enough. The spectacle over which he presides with his bent back a ...
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  • Cole Porter - 1,249 words
    ... her life. They were married on December 19, 1919 to live a happy but mostly successful although sexless marriage until Linda's death in 1954 The Later Years After early success with one-offs like Don't Fence Me In, re- released in a World War II musical called Hollywood Canteen, Cole signed some contracts to do work for the film industry. The first film to contain a Cole Porter song was The Battle of Paris from 1929, but his two tunes from that movie had little impact on his career because of the low quality of the film in general. Cole was happy with many aspects of the Hollywood community, including the liberal gay enclave called movie industry population. Although there is some disput ...
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  • Cole Porter - 1,249 words
    ... her life. They were married on December 19, 1919 to live a happy but mostly successful although sexless marriage until Linda's death in 1954 The Later Years After early success with one-offs like Don't Fence Me In, re- released in a World War II musical called Hollywood Canteen, Cole signed some contracts to do work for the film industry. The first film to contain a Cole Porter song was The Battle of Paris from 1929, but his two tunes from that movie had little impact on his career because of the low quality of the film in general. Cole was happy with many aspects of the Hollywood community, including the liberal gay enclave called movie industry population. Although there is some disput ...
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