“Saw you no more? Marked you not how her sister
Began to scold and raise up such a storm
That mortal ears might hardly endure the din?”
-The Taming of the Shrew, Act 1 Scene 1, lines 142-144
“You must not, sir, mistake my niece.
There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick and her. They never meet but there’s a skirmish of wit between them.”
-Much Ado about nothing, Act 1 scene 1, lines 59-62
These quotes are about two women with strikingly different behavior. The first quote is about Beatrice, the heroine of Much Ado about Nothing. The second quote is about Katherine, the shrew, in The Taming of the Shrew, characterized by her violent actions towards her suitors. Although these two woman’s actions are drastically different they are united in their aversion to marriage and their eventual marriage by the end of the play.
Beatrice and Katherine’s strikingly different behavior were influenced primarily by the people around them. The following people influenced their actions, their father figures, friends, and finally their spouses.
Firstly, Beatrice and Katherine’s strikingly different behaviors were influenced by their father figures. Beatrice has a healthy relationship with Leonardo, her uncle, who she lives with, that Katherine lacks with her own father. There is no mention of her parents, and it is safe to assume that Leonardo is the only father figure in her life. In much ado about nothing, the characters run around and get engaged and then married