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In Act V Scene ii of The Taming of the Shrew, how would Katharina's speech be interpreted by a modern day audience?

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It is perhaps of no surprise that Katharina's speech in the final scene of this excellent play is not interpreted very favourably by a large number of feminist critics, and I would imagine that your average audience would probably share their dismay. The way in which Katharina recommends complete subservience to one's husband and stereotypes women as physically weak, going as far as to suggest that women should match their personality to their physical nature is shocking and abhorent to an audience who believes...

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