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In the play The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare the family it is based around is called the Minola family The Minola family is a complex family each member being completely different in their own right They are different for many reasons jealousy deprevation and how they stand socially The man or father of the family is Baptista A widow who has dedicated his life to ensure that both his daughters marry However more importantly that the eldest daughter Katharina marries before the youngest daughter Bianca This is due to Italian sixteenth century social standards which Baptista as a respected gentleman heartily follows Katharina ends up marrying a substantially rich gentleman Petruchio Consequently not a very good choice She may or may not fall in love eventually It is hard to differentiate at the end whether she is genuinely in love and therefore has been tamed or she is just playing along with the game Bainca marries Lucentio who she genuinely loves from the beginning There is the debate on whether Baptista loves Bianca more than Katharina and the reasons for this Then in a closely related issue of the relationship between Bianca and Katharina and the reasons for their situation In this essay I will analyse the text of The Taming of the Shrew and expand on my brief explanation of each of the characters and put forward my feelings and opinions on each of the relative issues Katharina is the elder of two siblings their father being Baptista Minola Katharina from birth is destined to marry first much to her dislike as in the sixteenth century Italian respectable households the eldest daughter married before the youngest Katharina is the shrew Shrew meaning a rodent She is named this for her foul temper fluctuating moods and short fuse reknowned in Padua for her scolding tongue Katharina is young and beauteous Brought up as best becomes a gentle woman and her only flaw
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