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truly be happy. Petruccio accomplishes this goal by physically depriving Kate of food and sleep. Petruccio understands that once Kate is to weak to fight, he will be her savior by caring for her. ?This is a way to kill a wife with kindness, And thus I?ll curb her mad and headstrong humour? (IV.1.ll. 189-190). Petruccio teaches Kate to like him and love him by treating her like a queen after he has ?broken? her. He has made her feel safe and respected. It is very evident that his method has worked at the end of the play. Kate speaks about the duties of a wife to the other wives. ?Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body To painful labor both by sea and land, To watch the night in

storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe; And craves no other tribute at thy hands But love, fair looks and true obedience; Too little payment for so great a debt? (V.2.ll.150-158). Kate has not been tamed but taught to love and respect Petruccio. In the same manner Petruccio taught Kate to love, he taught her how to live. It is through feelings and actions that people truly live. When Petruccio opened Kate?s heart to him, he also opened it to the rest of the world she had been missing. Before Kate was focused on challenging the status quo and feeling sorry for herself. Petruccio took both those thoughts from her head and threw them out the window. He taught her that as long as she was happy, she shouldn?t care what other people think of her. It is

when Kate realizes that Petruccio is changing her for her own good, as well as his, that she falls deeply in love with him. He proves to Kate she has no reason to feel sorry for herself any longer. She can have anything her heart desires with Petruccio for a husband. She also has more than most women of the late 16th century, because she has love and respect for and from her husband. Kate takes pride in her new life and finally can enjoy it. Petruccio explains the new Kate to Lucentio and Hortensio by saying she is happy and has no worries. ?Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life; An aweful rule and right supremacy, And, to be short, what not that?s sweet and happy? (V.2.ll.112-114). By opening her heart to love, Kate opened it to the excitement of life. Petruccio did

not tame Kate in this play but liberated her, taught her to love, and taught her to live. He rescued her from a life in the shadow of her sister and disgust of her father. Petruccio showed her affection, love, and respect, which before were all foreign to Kate. He last but not least, opened Kate?s eyes to the marvels of life, and how sweet it is to enjoy life. Overall, Kate and Petruccio make a marvelous couple. Kate learned to use her strong-will to both of their advantages. Because they are so much alike, Kate took very quickly to Petruccio?s game of words and irony. Some critics say that Kate and Petruccio?s first encounter with each other is a realistic form of ?love at first sight? ? when matched wits meet. Kate develops into a woman during the course of the play. She

becomes fully aware of her new attitude and life. She is ready to show it off for all the people who had no faith in or time for her. Kate?s true identity is finally revealed and able to shine brightly with Petruccio by her side. Many of Shakespeare?s female characters are similar to Kate. They all choose to take a different path than the one society expects of them. Many of the females are like this because of the period in which Shakespeare lived. The age of Enlightenment was very much dedicated to the concepts of choice and free will. In Shakespearean literature the self is promoted rather than public image in both male and female characters. Shakespeare made Kate the way the audience wanted her to be. The people came to plays to escape daily life, wanting to be pulled into

the deception of the theatre. They wanted to forget their problems and imagine being one of the characters onstage. Kate was a character that showed courage, assertiveness, and passion. These are all traits possessed by very few women of the era. Kate?s character and Queen Elizabeth herself enticed women to become the unexpected and challenge the status quo. 36b