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Women in Shakespeare Often in literature parallels are used to accentuate certain things William Shakespeare utilizes this tool in both The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Nights Dream In both of these comedic plays there is a set of women who are at odds with each other These relationships can be compared and contrasted in different aspects In Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew the relationship 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 aging brutish sister torments the family with her foul tongue Katherine seems to hold resentment toward Bianca Her father favors Bianca over Katherine and keeps them away from eachothers torment When gentlemen come calling Bianca cowers behind her father and Katherine speaks up for herself I pray you sir is it your will to make a stale of me amongst these mates 1157-58 Bianca and Katherine dislike each other feverishly Katherine torments Bianca with words and physical harm She binds her hands pulls her hair then brings her forth to her father and the gentlemen callers Bianca denies liking any of the visitors and portrays herself an innocent that merely wants to learn and obey her elders She says Sister content you in my discontent to your pleasure humbly I subscribe My books and instruments shall be my company on them to look and practise by myself 1180-84 Because Katherine speaks freely and asserts herself she is labeled as shrewish When Hortensio describes her to Petruccio he spouts that she is renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue
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