Tranio In The Taming Of The Shrew

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Tranio’s character qualities shown throughout the Bianca Plot not only help move the plot along, but also reveal a different viewpoint on the connection between a master and his servant. The Bianca Plot is fundamental in The Taming of the Shrew, and without the character, Tranio, this plot would have gone essentially nowhere. Lucentio, overtaken by love, must be able to converse with Bianca in some form. Yet, her father forbids her to marry before her eldest sister. In order to get Lucentio and Bianca together, Lucentio must disguise himself as a schoolmaster. However, Lucentio is not able to carry out this plan of deception without the help of Tranio due to Lucentio’s duty to school; in order to solve this dilemma, Tranio disguises himself as Lucentio, Tranio the place of his master (1.1.202). Without this act of…show more content…
In the very beginning, Tranio abandons his role as servant and crosses the barriers into the role of an advice-giver. He gives Lucentio some wise advice saying “no profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en. In brief, sir, study what you most affect” (1.139-40). With Tranio giving Lucentio advice, it shows that there is a level of trust along with a friendship between the two. This trust and friendship between them shows that their relationship is not a run-of-the-mill master/servant relationship. Lucentio’s trust in Tranio, along with their friendship, is also shown through Tranio assuming Lucentio’s identity. A person of the lower class taking the identity of someone of higher class was seen as a joke back in the time of Shakespeare. This mockery can be seen when the Lord “practices on this drunken man” in reference to Christopher Sly (Ind.1.36). However, for Lucentio to willingly give his identity to Tranio, who was his servant, without it being a trick, shows that the rules of master and servant do not apply fully with Tranio and

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