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Posted October 24, 2007 at 5:45 AM via web

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To which poet does Shakespeare allude in Petruchio's speech about a wife's duty to her husband?

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julikiyomi | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 27, 2007 at 8:18 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act 2, Scene 1, Shakespeare alludes to Chaucer's "Clerk's Tale" from Canterbury Tales when Petruchio compares Katherine to the character Griselda in describing how she will represent the epitome of wifely devotion.  Later, in Act 3, Scene 2, when Petruchio, in talking about a wife's duty to her husband, says, "I will be master of what is mine own, she is my goods...", Shakespeare alludes to the Bible catalogue of a man's possessions as listed in the Tenth Commandment.

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