The Taming Of The Shrew

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Characteristics of Katherina Minola
Katherine Minola is a fiery, spirited woman, and as such, the male dominated world around her doesn 't quite know what to do with her.
Much of what we know about Kate initially comes from what other people say about her.
Kate, in her own defense, offers telling commentary on her situation. Although other characters encourage us to see her as unmannerly and incorrigible, deserving of marginalization and abuse, looking more closely at what Kate actually says reveals she may not be as domineering as some characters would have us believe. In Act II, we get another look at Katherine and learn a bit more about what motivates her seemingly outrageous behavior: She 's responding to the favoritism she perceives Baptista holds toward her sister, Bianca. As Act II opens, Kate enters, dragging Bianca with her hands tied. On one level, the mere act of one sister roping the other and handling her roughly for a perceived injustice is comic, but when we stop and consider from Kate 's perspective we can have a bit more empathy. Kate is venting her anger that Bianca should be indulged with suitors while she remains alone. Granted, she is an intelligent and spirited woman who wouldn 't be satisfied with simpering men such as Gremio and Hortensio. Rather, she needs a strong man to compliment her own strong and powerful personality. When Baptista enters and comes to Bianca 's rescue, we learn what 's really underlying Kate 's…

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