Theme Of Deception In Taming Of The Shrew

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Taming of the Shrew is a dramatic comedy in which several suitors try to captivate and marry a beautiful woman named Bianca. However, the suitors stumble upon an issue; Bianca’s older sister, Kate, is not married. Bianca is only eligible for marriage if Kate is married, so the suitors set out to find Kate a man. During Taming of the Shrew, the suitors of both Kate and Bianca are dishonest and deceive the sisters using disguises and mind games which results in a breakdown of all the characters. Deception and disguise play a crucial role in the relationships of Lucentio and Bianca, Tranio and Lucentio, Petruchio and Katherine, and Bianca and the suitors. In Taming of the Shrew, Lucentio forms a relationship with Bianca using a disguise. He deceives her and her father, Baptista, by assuming a new identity of a language tutor named Cambio. With the new identity, Lucentio hopes to gain access to the unattainable Bianca. Posing as a tutor allows him to not only grow close to Bianca, but also to Baptista. Earning Baptista’s trust is essential to him gaining Bianca’s hand in marriage and her dowry. Although Bianca is highly sought after, Baptista favors her over her sister, Katherine, and thus shields her from potential suitors. Lucentio not only uses his disguise to deceive Bianca, but he is deceived. Lucentio attempts to be clever in order to “win” Bianca, but Bianca is not what she seems to be. All the suitors want to marry Bianca because she is beautiful and
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