Archive from November, 2012
Nov 27, 2012 - Communication    1 Comment

Modern taming of the shrew scene

Act 2, scene 1

Enter Katherina and Bianca [With her hands tied]

BIANCA: Sister, don’t wrong me, or wrong yourself, don’t try and treat me like a slave, now hurry, untie my hands, i’ll pull off all my swag,i’ll do whatever you want, I know to respect my elders.

KATHERINA:  Of  all the people who want you, tell me, who loves you most, will you cheat on them?

BIANCA: Trust me, of all the men i’ve seen, none of them are special, none that I like above all others.

KATHERINA: Spoilt brat, you lie, isn’t it hortensio?

BIANCA: Hah, if you love him, i’ll get you with him myself if  you can’t get him yourself.

KATHERINA: Ah, you like rich men more, maybe Gremio is the one you need.

BIANCA: no, you insult me, and I have known you have been insulting me all this while, enough of this, untie my hands!

‘Katherina strikes her’

KATHERINA: if that was an insult then all the rest were too.

Quotations from today

Quotes showing the feelings of women in both ‘Taming of the shrew’ and Sylvia Plath’s poems:

“I’ll see thee hanged on sunday first” – Katherina to Petruchio after petruchio suggest marrying her, suggests that she is prepared for violence with no remorse.
“You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate, And Bonny Kate, and sometimes KAte the Curst”

Nov 12, 2012 - Communication    2 Comments

GCSE Practice Work: Shakespeare & Sylvia Plath

How do Shakespeare and Plath show the strength of the feeling of women?

(INTRO):In both ‘The taming of the Shrew’ and Poems by Sylvia Plath, we see that the feelings of women are very strong, however, we can see that Shakespeare cannot accurately portray the feelings and thoughts of women as much as Sylvia Plath as she is actually a woman.

Sylvia Plath uses strong violent imagery to portray feelings, while Shakespeare uses a strong minded yet somewhat quiet character, another comparison between the two authors is that while they both use certain language devices, for example, when important characters in Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ speak, they use iambic pentameter, however in Sylvia Plath’s play ‘Daddy’, she uses the ‘oo’ sound a lot, E.G: two, you, who, while this ‘sound’ is quite noticeable, the Iambic pentameter is hard to notice unless you pay attention to the lines.

Some Dramatic devices are also noticeable in Both Authors pieces, for example, in Sylvia Plath’s ‘Daddy’, She uses very violent and offensive imagery, referring to her father as a ‘Nazi’ and herself as a ‘Jew’, and using very ‘Nazi’ era references, however, in Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’, Katherina uses the power of her mind to ‘backchat’ to Petruchio, her sister and her father a number of times.

Sylvia Plath’s Poems and Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the shrew’ are laid out in completely different ways, because the ‘Taming of the shrew’ was a Play and not a poem, the poems were laid out in short paragraphs, sometimes with various rhymes and other poetic devices, whereas, the ‘Taming of the Shrew’ simply used lines from the characters, there was no particular layout in the way that they spoke.



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