Allusion in The Taming of The Shrew

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Illusions, Selfish Creations to Please Ones Self Bending the truth happens so frequently that often times others do not even realize it has happened. A little lie never hurts any one, right? Life without honesty can be seen every day though identity theft and unchecked white lies. In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, reforming of the truth happened almost routinely. Furthermore a few of the characters’ lies became so excessive that illusions were born. These illusions were the characters’ way of trying to get what they wanted at all costs. Illusions are human attempts to alter reality. Illusions can be used to mask feelings, keeping one’s true self hidden from the world. In the beginning Katherina is known throughout Pauda as the town’s biggest shrew. She gained this reputation through her bitter behavior to others. To the people of Pauda it seemed she would never be submissive to a man. In fact, if she was not taken in by a man who loved her, “Her care should be to comb your noodle with a three legged stool and point your face and use you like a fool.” (I.I. 64-65) Every man in Pauda knew what a shrew she seemed to be and assumed she could never be loved,”You may go to the devil’s dam! Your gifts are so good here’s none will hold you. There! Love is not so great” (I.I. 105-106)”…any man is so very a fool to be married to hell.”(I.I. 121) The men of Pauda believed that the shrew they saw was the person Katherina wanted to be. As the story goes on it becomes evident that her shrewish behavior is a mask to cover her feelings that she does want to be married. Katherina wanted to be married for love, not for dowery. Proof of her desire to be married can be assumed in her silence when Petruchio’s talk to her father, Baptista, about taking Katherina’s hand in marriage. Katherina’s lack of opposing words, which has rarely
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