Taming Of The Schrew Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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identity revealed. It is only at and after his wedding that he chooses to hide his real nature. He pretends that he is as shrew as Katherina. This is somewhat like the parent who lies down on the floor next to his kicking and screaming child and starts kicking and screaming right along side him. While onlookers might find this bizarre, it grabs the child?s attention and reveals to him just how foolish his own actions really are. By his actions then, the parent wins the child into a more reasonable attitude and behavior. As a result of this Katherine, whom we thought would never love anyone; at the end of the story is the only wife who comes when she is beckoned by Petruchio. The other wives only make up excuses not to come. This shows how Kate has a mistaken identity because she

appears rude and unreachable, when in fact she is not. This situation is one of the ways Shakespeare uses mistaken identity to display this reoccurring theme. Another part of the theme is that when a person changes outfits and roles in an effort to deceive someone else, their personalities and attitudes stay the same. In the main part of the play, we see two main story lines: one the wooing of a daughter of Baptista, the other the “taming” of her sister. Both involve suitors who disguise themselves as what they are not and both involve women who are not what they seem on the surface. Let us first look at the men who wish to wed Bianca and their assistants. First is Lucentio, who is deceiving himself when he believes that he wants more than any thing to devote his present life

to education, and his servant Tranio. In Act I, Scene I after a long discourse with his man Tranio declaring his desire to come to Padua to attend the university, which he eventually forgets all about and commences on a quest to win the love of Bianca. At this time he conspires with Tranio regarding how he might go about creating a deception that will allow him to get close enough to win her love. Lucentio disguises his servant Tranio as himself and he himself changes into a language tutor named Cambio, which incidentally means “change” in Italian, according to Barron?s Book Notes as they appear on the World Wide Web. This disguise of Tranio as Lucentio is also an interesting reflection of Christopher Sly as the servant who rules over the master. Tranio is also interesting as

he, from the start, speaks very poetically, revealing that he is not a common man. Another character, Hortensio also disguises himself in order to gain access to Bianca for the purpose of wooing her. His disguise is as of Lutio a music master. He too becomes a tutor for Bianca, but is eventually rejected by her. Before the changing of clothes, Hortensio is in competition with Lucentio for Bianca, and still is despite the change in clothes. These are examples of men who are knowingly disguising themselves in order to be able to pursue marriage. They are trying to deceive the family of Baptista by behaving in such a manner that they are something they know they are not, and their deception cannot, and is not meant to, go on forever. They even pull a complete stranger into the game

when they persuade the Pedant to stand in as Vincentio, Lucanio?s father. Like the disguise of Bartholomew, these are intended to last only for a short time and are for a specific purpose, to woo and wed Bianca. What Shakespeare is trying to convey is that although one is able to change clothes to deceive someone else, one cannot change the person who wears them. The most effect most effective way Shakespeare demonstrates this theme is through Bianca and Kate. Bianca practices a much deeper form of deception, perhaps so deep that she herself does not see it. She is presented as one who is consistently referred to as “sweet”, “fair” and “virtuous”, a false precept, devoting herself to her studies and never wanting anything else out of life. Yet, as David Daniel points

out in his essay “Shakespeare and the Traditions of Comedy”, ?at the end Bianca shows herself petty, and even shrewish? (106). G.R. Hibbard says of Bianca, ?deception is a woman?s most effective weapon? (25). Her more true nature comes out when she no longer needs to put on a facade in order to win the love of a man. In contrast to the shrewish nature revealed in Bianca, we find a gentler nature revealed in Katherina as she finds her self. According to the essay by David Daniel, “Kate?s loss of her false identity, and recovery of her true self, changes her and everyone around her?? (106). Perhaps it is because of the way she is treated by others that she is so contrary. Her father obviously favors Bianca, though he loves Katherina and does not want her to become and old