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Describe the situational irony of scene 1 in Taming of the Shrew. i dont really...

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mcrraven | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2007 at 6:11 AM via web

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Describe the situational irony of scene 1 in Taming of the Shrew.

i dont really understand what irony is.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 11, 2007 at 10:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Irony can mean a number of different things. In this situation, it means there is gap between what the characters say or think is going to happen and what really happens. Lucentio's opening announcement is the easiest example of this. He announces that he's there to study virtue and philosophy. He has the loftiest goals you can imagine, and he announces them to the world…and then a pretty girl comes by and all his plans go out the window. He ends up sneaking around in disguise (and pretending not to be the son of the father he says he's so proud of) to get close to her, and the only studying done is pretend, so he can get the girl.

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 24, 2007 at 1:25 PM (Answer #2)

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Another fantastic example of irony of situation is the suitor situation between Bianca and Kate. Baptista will only entertain suitors for Kate at this time; however, every man in presence is there to hook up with Bianca.

Irony continues throughout the course of the play in many different forms. Perhaps the most gratifying to the reader occurs at the end when Kate is finally tamed.

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