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Many critics have observed and noted that the characters Petruchio and Katherine from Shakespeares comedic drama The Taming of the Shrew had a need for each other due to their strong personalities They thrive on the intellectual games they play throughout The Taming of the Shrew Both have a witty intelligence that attracts them to each other Also each of them had something to prove Petruchio needed to confirm his manhood while Kate needed to steer her demeanor toward the ladylike side of things The whole plot of the play drives toward these goals and those goals could only be achieved because of the customs and standards that were representative of those times It was Kates submission to Petruchio which makes him a man finally and indisputably Kate earned bountiful respect from the other men in the closing scene as she proved to fit the mold of the conventional woman in those times better than their wives did when the men placed a bet on whos wife would come to them first when called Petruchio did not break Kates wit and will as a result of his process of taming as some might perceive he simply used them to his advantage as is quite noticeable in the wager scene This shows how Kate is becoming a statue sculpted by Petruchio A Statue does what its creator intended it to do with the statue of Katherine her creator Petruchio intended to make her a conventional and obedient wife and she makes clear Petruchios process is working when he tests her when the couple is leaving for Baptistas residence Forward I pray since we have come so far and be it moon or sun or what you please And if you please to call it a rush candle henceforth I vow it shall be so for me45 14-17 This was the first time Katherine bent to Petruchios will completely When he stated they were under a moon
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