The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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What literary language is featured in Act II, Scene I of The Taming of the Shrew?

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Looks to me like the language of hyperbole--exaggeration used for effect.  Each of the three characters here uses exaggeration to make or emphasize their points. Kate has literally bound her sister Bianca and is venting her spleen on her; Bianca is literally saying anything she thinks might free her: 

Bianca:  Unbind my hands, I'll pull them off myself.

Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;

Or what you will command me will I do,

So well I know my duty to my elders.

This is a plea in hyperbole--she's going to free herself (which she obviously has not been able to do), she'll strip down to her petticoat if that's what it takes (but clearly...

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lilkhmerboi42 | Student

alot of alliteration...

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josefina14 | Student

italian and old english

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