The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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What is the relationship between Baptista and his daughters in The Taming of the Shrew?

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In Shakespeare's comedy The Taming of the Shrew, Baptista Minola, one of the wealthiest men in Padua, has two daughters—the lovely Bianca and the shrewish Katherina (known as "Kate")—and no sons.

Bianca is perfect in every way. She's beautiful, soft-spoken, sweet-tempered, unassuming, and well-behaved (deceptively so). She entertains suitors behind her father's back, secretly runs off the get married, and tries to undermine Kate's relationship with him whenever possible.

Kate isn't perfect in every way. She's quick-witted and wholly self-sufficient but is also sharp-tongued, outspoken, quick-tempered, and somewhat prone to violence; she's been known to throw a...

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