Bianca Essays

  • Katherine and Bianca of The Taming of the Shrew

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    Katherine and Bianca of The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew brings out the comedic side of Shakespeare where irony and puns carry the play throughout.  In my paper, I will concentrate on one the irony of the play, the introduction of the two sisters.  These two sisters begin off with the elder, Katherine, viewed as a shrew, and Bianca as the angelic younger of the two.  However, as the play proceeds, we begin to see the true sides of the two sisters and their roles totally

  • The Relationship Between Katherine and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew

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    The Relationship Between Katherine and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright of all time.  His gift for developing characters is one major aspect that accounts for this lofty acknowledgement.  Shakespeare created various characters from drunks and fools to kings and generals.  The characters are so human and so real that the audience can see aspects of their own personalities represented on stage for better or worse.  Inadvertently

  • Female Ambiguity

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    Female Ambiguity: Kirke from The Odyssey vs. Bianca from The Taming of the Shrew Women are ambiguous characters throughout texts such as The Odyssey and The Taming of the Shrew. In these two stories, there are female characters that are deceitful and beguiling towards men. Kirke and Bianca are two comparable characters that display such behavior. I will explain how both characters display ambiguity by hiding their true nature behind actions that they wouldn’t normally take; therefore these female

  • Essay on the Growth of Katherina in Taming of the Shrew

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    sister and Bianca as the clever one. Katherina is described by Grumio as the "fiend of hell" (I.i.88) and by Tranio as "curst and shrewd" (I.i.180). In contrast, Lucentio sees in Bianca's silence "mild behavior and sobriety" (I.i.71). Early in the play, Katherina forcefully binds Bianca's hands and beats her and a weeping Bianca resorts to her father to get away from Katherina (II.i.1-25). Bianca does not use force but instead relies on cleverness to get her way. As part of her cleverness, Bianca displays

  • The War of the Sexes in The Taming Of The Shrew

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    The Shrew. In it, a wealthy landowner, 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 disallows Bianca to be espoused until Katherine is wed, forcing the many suitors to Bianca to find a mate for Katherine in order for them to vie for Bianca's love. Most of the play's humor comes from the way in which characters create false realities by disguising

  • William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew

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    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

  • The Taming of the Shrew Katherine

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    beautiful sister Bianca. Bianca wanted to get married. She had all of the men's hearts, Katherine had none. If Katherine got married then Bianca could get married. She truly was a shrew who needed to be tamed. Petruchio came to Padua. Petruchio could tame Katherine for the right amount of money. Before Petruchio's arrival, Katherine, the terriable, untamed shrew, caused problems with everyone. All that knew her hated her. She felt very jealous of her beautiful sister Bianca, because of her

  • Role of Women in Shakespear's The Taming of the Shrew

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    between the sisters Katherine and Bianca appears to be strained with rampant jealousy. Both daughters fight for the attentions of their father. In twisted parallel roles, they take turns being demure and hag-like. Father of the two, Baptista Minola, fusses with potential suitors for young Bianca and will not let them come calling until his elder, ill-tempered daughter Katherine is married. The reader is to assume that meek, mild-mannered, delicate Bianca is wasting away while her much older

  • How Shakespeare and Ibsen Treated their Women

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    of the Shrew, Shakespeare portrayed women as objects or shrews that needed to be tamed. Kate was the daughter of a wealthy man named Baptista Minolta from Padua. She was the oldest sister and, under tradition of the time, had to be married first. Bianca, on the other hand, was the younger daughter and was courted by many. Due to Kate’s wild behavior, the suitors were afraid of her. Along came a man named Petruccio, who was determined to marry her and get the money that would be given to the

  • Concepts of love in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew

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    his new situation, in order to cheer him up. 2.2     The comedy The young Lucentio, son of the rich Vincentio from Pisa, arrived at Padua to start his studies. At first sight he falls in love with Bianca, the daughter of the old Baptista, who looks for a wealthy son-in-law. Before Bianca can marry, Baptitsta wants to find a husband for his older daughter Katherina. But Katherina has no admirers, or better, men get out of her way, because she is rebellious and high-spirited. Petruchio, a nobleman

  • Significance of the Handkerchief in Othello

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    Every play, story, or poem always has that one object or person that is relevant to every single important scene. In Othello, the handkerchief is that object. It was present since the beginning of the play and most of the conflicts, doubts and jealousy was brought to life through it. The handkerchief which was suppose to be only a symbol of love between Othello and Desdemona suddenly became much more. It represented their lives and represented whether they would live or die and According to the book

  • The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello

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    The Strength of Women in Shakespeare's Othello In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice, there are several strong, predominate female characters. Emilia, Desdemona, and Bianca have to defend themselves from the vicious men in the play. However, despite being victimized by the domineering men, their individual strengths set them apart from their abusers. Emilia is a realistic woman. She does not always do what is right, but does things to make life easier for herself. When Emilia

  • Essay on Taming of the Shrew: Deciphering Kate’s Shrewish Character

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    The Taming of the Shrew:  Deciphering Kate’s Shrewish Character The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. It is both a witty and complex play with characters that are appealing and believable drawn from life and based on a keen understanding of human nature. One can see this in the main character of the play, the shrew Katherine. The reasons for Kate's shrewd behavior as well as her tameness have puzzled Critics and Shakespearean scholars for ages. This essay will attempt

  • Essay on the Battle of the Sexes in Taming of the Shrew

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    In the taming of the shrew, the play focused on two women in particular, Baptista's daughters, Bianca and Katherine. These women lived in this environment that gave men power for all their lives... ... middle of paper ... ... for both sides. In the case of Katherine and Petruchio, the battle is won because they both love each other and live happily ever after. The battle of the sexes between Bianca and Lucentio is lost because neither is willing to love each other. In the Taming of the Shrew

  • Free Othello Essays: Women as Victims in Othello

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    Othello is Bianca[2]. Her relationship with Cassio does not appear to be full of commitment. "What keep a week away? Seven days and nights?" It could be argued that Cassio used Bianca somewhat.[3] The manner in which he asks for a favor creates an impression that he is experienced at sweet-talking her. "Sweet Bianca, take me this work out" The way that Cassio initially addresses Bianca is rather sycophantic, especially as the task is so menial. Therefore, the role of Bianca and her relationship

  • Free Essays on Taming of the Shrew: Mistaken Identity

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    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

  • Essay on Disguised Men and Transformed Women in Taming of the Shrew

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    incongruities at many levels as we analyze the three main plot lines of the play: The Induction, The Wooing of Bianca and The Taming of Katherina. Each of these subplots is based on earlier works of literature or folk tradition. Shakespeare is not alone in his choice of "false supposes" as a theme.  According to The Shakespeare Handbook, Shakespeare adopts the entire narrative [for the Bianca story] complete with some stock characters and some pieces of staging, from George Gasciogne's play Supposes 

  • Comparing Katharina, of The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing

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    tells that she is a shrew, (1.I .54-60) and that she will never find a groom.  When she first speaks we see her responding to these insults, but she was provoked so her words seem appropriate.  Yet as the play continues we see Katharina tying up Bianca, (2.I.29) and hitting her.  This can be rejected as sibling rivalry, but later Katharina slaps Petruchio when he is trying to woo her (2.I.214). Katharina seems to have a physically violent side that isn't present in Beatrice.  She also does not seem

  • The Women of Shakespeare's Othello

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    The Women of Othello The women of Shakespeares Othello are put into stereotypical roles, but behind peoples backs play much stronger types. Desdemona, goes against her fathers orders and marries a moor. Bianca innocently takes part in Desdemona's death. Emilia has an opportunity to save Desdemona but sneakingly remains silent. These women are similar because they are treated like they are lower then the men in their days. But they do not let that hold them back. These women take part in anything

  • Exploring Sexuality in Taming of the Shrew

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    conventional terms, but rather as a "nice" character versus a "waspish" or "mean' character). In the beginning of the play, there is an obvious conflict between Kate and her sister, Bianca.  This conflict stems from the fact that their father favors Bianca, as well as the fact that Bianca has many suitors, while Kate has none.  Kate's father, Baptista, tries to persuade some of Bianca's suitors to pursue Kate instead.  However, they make it clear that none of them could desire