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Given a taste of your own medicine takes on a whole new meaning as Katherine finds herself having to speak to Bianca and the widow about how to treat their husbands How very ironic it is that Katherine must now explain to the two women how to be an ideal wife in the eyes of their lordly husbands Given her shrewish background Bianca and the widow seem taken aback as they watch and listen to Katherine lecture them on being soft-spoken humble and obedient to their lords Not only do we have Bianca and the widow present but we also have Petruccio Lucentio Hortensio and Baptista It is as if Katherine is going to publicly announce what she has learned about being a proper wife Of all the members of her audience Petruccio is the only one who knows for sure that she will actually go through with the speech Bianca and the widow are among the first to doubt Petruccios insistence that his wife will obey his command Her ultimate goal is to educate the women on how to be proper wives and servants to their husbands and lords and should feel privileged to do so It is unclear to me whether her speech takes on the tone of a teacher educating her young pupils or as a motherly figure scolding her mischievous child Regardless her speech appears to be successful in convincing her audience that the cocksure Petruccio has indeed tamed her It should not however take much to convince a buffoon like Petruccio Seemingly as a safety precaution Katherine embellishes her speech by using many metaphors to describe her opinions on men and women perhaps the icing on the cake To the ordinary reader such embellishments should send up a caution flag indicating that maybe the speaker is not quite as sincere as we should be led to believe Maybe Katherine is only saying what she knows Petruccio wants to hear As
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