The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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Please give a character analysis of Katharina in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, with quotes to support your analysis.

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In Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Katharina is an ill-tempered, ill-mannered, nasty, and rude young woman of exceptional beauty, who refuses to be courted by any of the young men of the town.

In Act Two, scene one, Katharina has tied her sister up and demands to know who she likes best of all her suitors. When Bianca's answers do not please her, she slaps her sister in the face.

KAT:

Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell

Whom thou lovest best: see thou dissemble not. (8-9)

Bianca swears that no one man appeals to her any more than another.

BIA:

Believe me, sister, of all the men alive

I never yet beheld that special face

Which I could fancy more than any other. (10-12)

Bianca denies than any man appeals to her. She offers her anything she owns (jewelry, clothes, etc.), and even is willing to speak on Katharina's behalf if she desires a certain young man. Katharina believes it is all a bunch of lies, and smacks Bianca just as her father is entering the room.

KAT:

If that be jest, then...

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