Men And Women In Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew

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Katherine and Bianca are opposites at the beginning of Taming of the Shrew. Petruchio and Katherine are very similar. Lucentio is overcome by love and is willing to debase his station in order to achieve it, like many other women and men in Shakespeare's plays. Despite the confining gender expectations and roles of his time, Shakespeare was aware and interested in what people of different genders could have in common. Shakespeare uses the differences and similarities in personality traits throughout Taming of the Shrew and the rest of his works to prove that men and women can have very similar and varying personalities. Bianca and Katherine Minola are portrayed in the beginning as the opposites of each other. The elder, Katherine is unruly, boisterous, and very quick-witted, as can be seen in the first meeting of Katherine and Petruchio, where the two have sharp, insulting, back-and-forth (Shakespeare, act 2, scene 1, lines 190-193). Bianca, on the other hand, is seen as a meek, obedient, and even childish, girl. In the first act, she speaks only once, to say "to your [Baptista's] pleasure humbly I subscribe." (Shakespeare, act 1, scene 2) The differences between the two are most obvious in…show more content…
Though the sentimentality and emotional nature of women are less evident in Taming of the Shrew, Lucentio and Shakespeare's other characters display romanticism and are heavily influenced by emotions. A singular glance at Bianca brought Lucentio to fall deeply in love with her, and he was willing to pose as a school teacher and offer up a large dowry to get close to her. Romeo and Juliet of Romeo and Juliet, are both very love-struck and make poor decisions because of it. In A Midsummer's Night Dream, both men and women are equally influenced by the magical flower. Shakespeare not only shows that men and women can behave masculinity, but that they can also be stereotypically
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