Katherina, due to her bad temper and horrible reputation, she is not loved by any man “a husband! A devil”. This upsets Katherina so she rebels against her father any other people such as Bianca. Katherina I believe is looking for someone to car about her and this is why I think that her love is true in the end of the play because she has finally realised that Petruchio has fallen in love with her and also she loves him. Bianca is the perfect example of young and virtuous girl. Bianca is seen as the favourite in the play out of the two daughters. Bianca has many suitors for her; she uses it to her advantage.
Bianca in the end comes across as very two faced. This shows that Bianca has gone behind her father’s back; she has done this by marring Lucentio in secret and that she has been living a lie. Bianca is a pure, virtuous maiden. Her name also means white in Italian, the purest colour. Bianca in a way is bullied by elder sister Katherina, there is a scene where Katherina has tied up Bianca and is shouting at her this was shown clearly in a recent production of ‘Taming of the Shrew’ in the Salisbury playhouse. Bianca is finally rescued by her father Baptista.
Bianca has a very close relationship with her father. Bianca is also obedient to her father’s needs and wants. The main relationship that I am going to look at in ‘The Taming of the shrew’ is Katherina the troublesome and foul temper shrew and Petruchio the kind and witty gentleman. From the first time the two met there is a sense of friction between the two of them. Act2, scene1 is where they meet the scene start with Petruchio talking to the audience. His aim is clear from the start: he wants a wife but he also wants to prove that he can tame the most untameable shrew in Italy.
When Katherina enters Petruchio gives no time for Katherina to dismiss him. He starts to cut her down by calling her Kate. Katherina does not leave after this mocking of her she stands her ground and begins a conversation. This shows that she is interested in Petruchio. In a recent production of ‘The taming of the shrew’ that I saw it portrayed that Petruchio, who was excepting Katherina to be ugly has been shocked by her beauty. They talk to each other by throwing insults at each other such as, ‘If I be waspish then best beware my sting’ Katherina says this to Petruchio.
Wasps do not die after their sting has been taken but bees do. Katherina is the wasp and Petruchio is the man that will pluck her sting out and therefore tame her. This scene is where the taming starts but not only the taming of Katherina but of Petruchio too. Petruchio in this scene is been put through a kind of test by Katherina. Katherina is shown to be interested in Petruchio because with every other suitor has been banished straight away. She has entered into an intellectual conversation with Petruchio and is seen to be winning.
Petruchio makes references to how women are only able to bare children and not to fight. This is reflected in katherina’s final speech where she is speaking to the widow about how tender women are. After Katherina and Petruchio are married, Petruchio takes Katherina away from her family saying; ‘She is my goods, my chattels, she is my house, my household stuff, my barn, my horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing, and here she stands. Touch her whoever dare! ‘ This shows that Petruchio has fallen in love with her and is willing to protect her.
He is saying that she is his and that she is his property. Petruchio comes across as being obsessed with Katherina. Two characters pick up on this, Bianca and Gremio. They say that Petruchio has met his match with Katherina. When Katherina and Petruchio are at his house, Petruchio become very picky over thing. He shouts at the servants and demands better things. He makes Katherina feel uncomfortable. Petruchio acts like Katherina to show her that her behaviour is inappropriate, he also deprives her of things such as food and sleep this weakens her more. This is another stage of the taming.
Petruchio is trying to mould Katherina into what he sees as the prefect women. When he specks to the audience he becomes very full of him self. Petruchio to tame Katherina even more tempts her with a dress that has been skilfully made and then he mocks the dress and complains to the tailor about it. Katherina is taken with the dress and is upset that Petruchio is being unreasonable to the tailor. On the way back to Baptista’s house and Katherina’s home there is a defiant turning in Katherina’s attitude towards what Petruchio says. There is a debate over the moon and the sun.