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Taming of the Shrew Illusion vs Reality As a passing traveler in Padua one could easily make superficial assumptions about the inhabitants On the surface Katherina seems like a vicious tiger that is angry at the entire world Petruchio first appears like the type of man that anybody would like to have as a friend At first glance Bianca seems like a heavenly vision of beauty that any man would be lucky to have for a wife However after the courtship of Katherina begins the true personalities of the characters are revealed When a persons own family fears them one would assume that there is good reason for it In Katherinas case though nobody ever takes the time to listen to what she actually feels When she says A pretty pet It is best put finger in the eye an she knew why Pg 16 she is not acting maliciously but rather calling out for attention In contrast to all the flattery that Bianca receives the only time people ever talk about Katherina is when she acts like a shrew A more vulnerable side to Katherina actually surfaces when she arrives at Petruchios house As Petruchio taunts her with food she exclaims I pray you husband be not so disquiet The meat was well if you were so contented Pg 70 Disposing of the invincibility she maintains in Padua she hungrily entreats her new husband to be reasonable Taking off the fierce mask she wears in the beginning of the play Katherina exposes the reality that she too is human Stumbling onto the scene in Padua Petruchio makes a grand entrance as a man who brings merriment to all those around him He jokes with Hortensio and eagerly accepts the offer to woo Katherina At his first encounter with the eldest daughter he seems like the perfect match
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