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A Streetcar Named Desire vs Taming of the Shrew Shakespeares writing was so profound and inspiring that his ideas continue to echo in the different plots and themes of many modern plays The themes of sexuality illusion and marriage are evident in both Shakespeares Taming of the Shrew and Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire through similar plot lines situations and family ties The theme of illusion plays a huge part in the plot of both plays In Taming of the Shrew there is a great amount of illusion and role-playing Lucentio pretends to be a language teacher Tranio pretends to be Lucentio Hortensio pretends to be a music teacher and the old man pretends to be Vincentio Lucentios father Also in this story is the small beginning part of Christopher Sly who becomes confused about his own identity when the lord fools him into thinking he is a rich lord instead of a beggar The whole plot itself shows illusion at its best In A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche tries to make herself appear virtuous and pure to impress Mitch when in reality she had been incredibly sexually active Eventually all parties in both plays drop their facades and confessed that it was all in the name of love Yes I had many intimacies with strangers So I came here There was nowhere else I could go I played outand I met you You said you needed somebody Well I needed somebody too I thanked god for you because you seemed to be gentle - a cleft in a rock of the world that I could hide in Blanche Scene 9 PG 219-220 The biggest similarity between both plays lies in the relationship and interactions between their respective characters Bianca and Katherine are sisters in Taming of the Shrew and although related by blood are complete opposites Bianca is the epitome of perfection in terms of quiet submission obedience gentleness
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