Monday, December 11, 2006

Symbols

The one symbol that stands out and is even implied in the title of the play is a shrew. Kate is the shrew. A shrew is an animal. In this case, a wild animal is the shrew which is Kate. Kate of course is eventually tamed which is similar to taming a wild Shrew. Therefore, Kate begins as a wild animal but Petruccio tames her.

Point of View

The point of view is basically the point of view of each character. Of course, each point of view oppose each almost. We cannot classify the view by saying third person omniscient or something of the sort. So it is just by the person who is expressing their thoughts in the play.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Characterization

The characterization in Taming of the Shrew is very diverse.

Kate: She is definately a dynamic character. At first, Kate seems like a woman who is cold hearted, stoic, and mean. Her reaction to Petruccio when they first meet is filled with animosity. However, when Petruccio marries her, she changes dramatically and becomes extremely obediant.

Bianca: Biana is nothing like Kate. She is a foil to Kate when Kate was that stoic and cold hearted person. Bianca desires marriage unlike Kate. She does not mind to have suitors pursue her.

Petruccio: This man is clearly arrogant. He treats everyone as an inferior. However, Kate is the only person he really expresses his kindness to without being arrogant. Even though Petruccio practically starves Kate, his intentions are good. But as the saying goes, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions."

Hortensio: He is a jealous man who has no respect. He can't stand seeing Bianca in love with another man. But what is interesting about this is that he is agitated at the fact that a lower class man is the love for Bianca. Since he detests the fact that he is lower class, his respect for the man is absolute zero.

Lucentio: This man is wealthy, charming, kind, intellingent, cunning, and truly loves Bianca. Unlike Hortensio, Lucentio has much more respect for his fellow man and will do anything to please Bianca. In this case, he devised his plan to change identities.

Tone

There is just one main tone throughout Taming of the Shrew. The tone is whimsical. The reason this is the tone is because there always seems to be some comic relief and almost everyone seems lighthearted. Even during the fight between Kate and Petruccio, their diction implies some sense of light heartedness. Or, Grumio always is hilarious thoughout the entire play. Ultimately, this is the main tone and Shakespeare uses this tone to depict the status of women in a comedic way.

Theme

There are numerous themes throughout this play. Among the main themes are marriage, the perception of women, and the identity changes.

Marriage is an interesting theme in this play because it sparks the entire desire to create all these schemes to bring about marriage for Kate and Bianca. Marriage in the play is seen as something that is easily controlled whereas Kate and Bianca can only marry under special circumstances regulated by the father. What sparks even more awkwardness is that the father can just auction off his daughters for marriage. This theme goes hand in hand with the theme of the perception of women.

The perception of women in Taming of the Shrew is very horrible. Women are seen as objects. For example, the fact that Kate and Bianca can be auctioned off for marriage proves that women have no rights whatsoever. Baptista shows complete control over Kate. Therefore, it is clear that women are considered inferior in the play and men have complete control over the women.

The identity changes is another important theme as it relates directly to the plot. The identity changes of the suitors were very important in creating their schemes. For the most part, the identity changes were successful. Lucentio particularly had the most interesting plan and his identity change was very natural.