Katherine's Last Speech Analysis

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his long speech by Katherine at the end of the play shows a shocking transformation of her opinion on marriage, men, and the role of women and it takes everyone that hears it by surprise. The once very well known shrew is now stating that Bianca and Hortensio 's widow are bad wives for looking angrily at their husbands. Katherine describes husbands as lords, kings, and governors. She also says that a woman 's husband protects and supports her. While the husband 's are living a life of danger and responsibility, the wives are warm and safe and secure in their home. She says that all a husband asks in return is his wife 's kindness and obedience which says is only a tiny payment for such a great debt wives owe to their husbands. She goes on to
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