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In the Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare the conveyed theme is to never judge a book by its cover or rather a person by their appearance This theme is demonstrated through relationships Shakespeare first shows the relationship between Bianca and Katherine next the relationship between Petruchio and Kate and finally between Lucentio and Bianca Through these relationships Shakespeare shows the reader how first impressions do not necessarily mean a permanent character flaw Bianca and Katherine are at each others throat because a rule imposed by their father that the young beautiful Bianca could not marry until her older shrew sister Kate did In the beginning of this play Katherine literally loathes Bianca she even goes to the extreme of physical abuse I prithee sister Kate untie my hands Katherine strikes her The Taming of the Shrew pg 75 It would seem to the reader that Bianca should be the perfect example for Kate to follow Why not Shes beautiful sweet but most importantly obedient A quality every perfect wife should strive to attain The irony comes when later at the end of the play the most obedient wife is Katherine Not only that Kate teaches Bianca to be as obedient as her Katherine I charge thee tell these headstrong women what duty they owe their lords and husbands Shrew 217 And like the Kate we knew in the beginning of the play Bianca refuses to hear it The second relationship Shakespeare introduces to us is that of Petruchio and Katherine Petruchio hears of Kates foul reputation yet he still sets out to win her Hortensio Here is a gentleman whom by chance I met upon agreement from us to his liking has set out to woo curst Katherine yea and to marry her if her dowry please Shrew 61 After meeting Katherine
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