Compare and contrast one character from each play that has gone through a transformation.
In Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and “ A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” the transformation of Katherine revealed her good qualities while the transformation of Nick Bottom revealed non-redeeming qualities. The Oxford American Dictionary defines the concept “transform” as a change in appearance or character. Katherine experiences a change in character, while Nick Bottom experiences a change in appearance. This change the Bottom experienced, compliments the character he displays in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Katherine’s transformation takes her from a reputed shrew to a role model and authoritative voice by the end of “ Mid Summer Night’ Dream”. At the beginning of the play she is revered by the men of Padua. Gremio probably spoke for most of the men in Padua when he questions what he would do with Katherine. “To cart her rather; she is too rough for me” (Act 1.1 line 55). Carting the Shrew was common custom then. A disobedient wife would be placed in a cart and immersed into a pond or a river to teach her manners. By so doing, she would also suffer great humiliation when the community came to watch the activity and laugh. But even this may not stop a Shrew from being rebellious to her husband.
Katherine rude behavior was intolerable. She would regularly insult the men around her. Among her many insults were “…to comb your noodle with a three – legged stool, and paint your face, and use you like a fool” (Act 1.1 lines 64-65). As a result of Katherine’s behavior, her father had great difficulty finding her a husband. She not only insulted the men around her. She also insulted to her sister because of jealousy. Katherine believed her father loved Bianca more than her and so she rebelled by even threatening to take revenge (Act II.1 lines 32-36).
When Petruccio heard of Katherine’s behav...