"Taming of the Shrew" QUOTE FORMAT paper. Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

Essay by M80ThrasherHigh School, 10th gradeA+, January 2005

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Why do people feel the need to change their personalities to please others? Many characters in the play "Taming of the Shrew," try to change their personality to please other people. Of the many, three of them really show personality changes. The three are Katharine, Baptista, and Petruchio. These three put on a "mask" to change their appearances.

In the play, Petruchio wanted a wife, but at the same time, he also wanted money. So he came up with a great plan, he would marry a woman just to get her money, and temperamental Katharine was a perfect victim for Petruchio. "Haply to wive and thrive as best I may, Crowns in my purse I have and goods at home." (1.2) Petruchio, secretly, just wanted the money. When he's around other people, he shows that he really wants a wife, which is a huge lie, and people believe him.

Baptista tells Petruchio, "God send you joy, Petruchio! 'tis a match." (2.1) Baptista tells Petruchio that he can marry his daughter, because Baptista believes that Petruchio wants love. Petruchio showed the public that he wanted Katharine, but secretly he just wanted the money.

Baptista Minola, father of Katharina and Bianca, is also two faced, like Petruchio. Baptista, a father who desperately wants to get rid of his daughter Katharine, sees a perfect opportunity to do so. When Petruchio comes to him, he gladly lets Petruchio marry his daughter because of her bad temper. Baptista tells Petruchio, "But be thou arm'd for some unhappy words."(2.1) He knew that Katharine would be unhappy with Petruchio. But on the other hand, he secretly wants money, so when he learns of Petruchio's riches, he gets even more excited about a marriage. When...