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Shakespeare Kate's speech at the end of the play has two distinct meanings. What are they? One distinct meaning of Kate's speech at the end is that she realizes her role of being a wife. She knows now how to behave, to whom to be loyal to and give her undying affection. "Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee"¦" She knows her place in life. Her bitterness and anger that use to get what she wants is not necessary anymore.

Another distinction of Kate's speech is she realizes that women are simple. Women need the comfort of men to feel protected and loved. "I am ashamed that women are so simple To offer war where they should kneel for peace"¦And place your hands below your hands below your husband's foot: In token of which duty, if he please, My hand is ready; may it do him ease."

Kate accepts this because through her bitterness and anger, she cannot get things her way anymore.

Taming of the shrew does not have a villain like Malvolio or Don John. How is Petruchio a hero and a villain in the play? In "Taming of the Shrew", there is no exact villain. Petruchio shows both a hero and villain quality. His villain quality causes pain and humiliation to other people. "Why sir, you know this is your wedding-day: First were we sad, fearing you would not come; Now sadder, that you come so unprovided. Fie, doff this habit, shame to your estate, An eye-sore to our solemn festival!" Petruchio's entry was huge and outlandish. He comes to his own wedding day late, dressed like a fool, and making fun of the marriage ceremony humiliating the father of the bride. "I will be master of what is mine own" He also cause suffering to Kate and taking possession of her 100%.

He does this for a purpose. Why? To open Kate's eyes and make her see that inner quality is what is important. "To me she's married, not unto my clothes". He is replying that, what the outside world perceive is irrelevant. This is not who I am. This is his heroic quality.

Examine Petruchio and Benedick's soliloquies. What do they have to say in the role of men in men and women relationships? In the role of men in men and women relationships, Petruchio is saying that men are like herders watching their sheep. My property is my stuff and I will protect them. Whoever even dares upset my things shall suffer the consequences in my hands "She is my goods, my chattels; she is my house, My household stuff, my field, my barn, My horse, my ox, my ass, my any thing: And here she stands, touch her whoever dare; I'll bring mine action on the proudest he That stops my way in Padua".

Benedick is saying that men are the women in the men and women relationships. Men are the ones that need the assurance of being loved. "When I said I die a bachelor I did not think I should live till I were married." Benedick is hoping to have a relationship. To be cared and loved as he would do for her.