Ros writes this because the servant-master relationships in Elizabethan England were complex and the dynamics had to be in balance. Servants were not democrats; they were to approve of the same social orders as their masters, and, to do as they were told.
Tranio risks taking the place of his master because of his love for him and Lucentio always treats him with kindness and respect, almost like an equal.
Bianca shows respect for Lucentio as he cherishes her and treats her with kindness. Grumio often disobeys his master, while Petruchio insults and even beats him. Though Lucentio is the master, he always treats Tranio with respect and kind words.
Tranio demonstrates his obedience in part because he is a good servant, but mostly due to the fact that Lucentio treats him so kindly. Though Tranio akes great risk in putting on the apparel of his master, he takes it in order to please Lucentio.
He does not abuse his temporary power as master with the other servants and continues to treat them as his equals except when he must keep up his pretense around the public.
Tranio even goes as far to have Vicentio imprisoned in order to do as Lucentio told him. Lucentio never mistreats Bianca in anyway but spends the play wooing her and showing her his love. Though Bianca is not as stubborn willed and shrewish as her sister, Katherine, she does not obey her husband when he calls her to him.
Petruchio, however, does not treat his servant, Grumio, or wife, Katherine, with love and respect. The scenes that introduce Petruchio and Lucentio begin by depicting their relationships with their servants, as if foreshadowing the way that they will treat their respective wives.
After arguing for a while, Petruchio even rings him by the ear. Later in the play, Petruchio also strikes Grumio and his other servants. She constantly lashes out during his wooing, and his proclamations of love to her, though they are shown in an uncaring way.
Katherine and Grumio for the most part, however, act the way they do because Petruchio treats them how he does. Shakespeare may have changed Katherine to speak like she has adopted the right traits of a wife by the end of the play, but it is not clear that Petruchio ever changes his attitudes to be a protective and caring leader.
Even though disarray is formed as Lucentio trades roles with Tranio, the audience can still see the humble heart of Tranio and his love for his master:When Shakespeare wrote his comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, it was at the end of the sixteenth century, at the peak of these social attitudes towards servant-master relationships.
In this play, Shakespeare examines the roles and relationships of both masters and servants. His relationship with Tranio differs slightly from Bianca, Tranio's servant hood more apparent and selfless.
Petruchio, though rightfully attempting to stand as a master and man according to the homily, does not do so with his servant, Grumio, or wife, Katherine, with love and respect as it suggests.
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Nov 23, · To the episode: srmvision.com The central master-servant relationship in the play is of course Lucentio and Tranio, but, whilst Tranio overtly pays every respect to his master and does genuinely seem to be a loyal and loving. The relationships between servants and masters closely reflect the gender relationships in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
Lucentio and Tranio's relationship as master and servant is an ideal of the Renaissance era.