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The Women of Romance and the effect they have on their men Women have an amazing amount of influence over men Most men will never admit it but the ladies in their lives make more decisions than they In The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and Erec and Enide by Chretien de Troyes the women have a certain amount of control that the men never realize Throughout the play Petruchio seems to be the man in charge but in reality Kate really decides what is going to happen Erec insists on testing the love Enide has for him but she actually has the power to stop what is going on To begin one must have an understanding of what hero means and of what makes one A hero has humility self-confidence and is faithful to his love A hero also has the willingness to risk his life for anyone he cares about including the women and to show faith and courage in all his endeavors Kate and Enide cherish men that exemplify these qualities and it makes the men more prone to the power of the women because heroic men need women who will love them Kate and Enide can impose their power based the need of the heroes they want to be loved Petruchio believes that he has the power over Kate Throughout the so-called taming he insists on making all the rules for her He does not let her sleep eat or have anything else she wants He even destroys the hat that Kate likes telling her that if she wont wear the one he likes then she shall have none at all Petruchios behavior seems almost barbaric but in the end he does tame Kate and she becomes the model wife for him Petruchio married Kate for the dowry why bother to tame her The obvious fact is that Kates attitudes are sincere and she really
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