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Exploring Sexuality in Taming of the Shrew Human sexuality underlies many of the happenings of Taming of the Shrew It affects the conflicts theme and resolution of the play It becomes evident throughout the play that sexual behavior denotes whether a character is thought of as good or evil not necessarily good evil as meant in conventional terms but rather as a nice character versus a waspish or mean character In the beginning of the play there is an obvious conflict between Kate and her sister Bianca This conflict stems from the fact that their father favors Bianca as well as the fact that Bianca has many suitors while Kate has none Kates father Baptista tries to persuade some of Biancas suitors to pursue Kate instead However they make it clear that none of them could desire Kate Mates maid How mean you that No mates for you unless you were of a gentler milder mold Ii lines 58 - 60 From this it is clear that the men in the play prefer a better mold than Kate in other words she does not carry herself as well as Bianca Kate does not play the coy flirting games and is therefore thought of as harsher than Bianca Bianca however knows how to be flirtatious witty and coy around her admirers and yet is almost intentionally mean to Kate For instance Bianca knows that it hurts Kate to have no suitors while she Bianca has several Bianca uses this to hurt Kate When Kate tries to find out which suitor Bianca really likes Bianca swears that she wont take the suitor
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