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Do you think Shakespeare reflects his feelings about the relationship between the sexes in how Petruchio trains Kate as he would a falcon? In The Taming of the Shrew

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One of the great joys--as well as debates--of this play is trying to determine who is taming whom. Petruchio is overt about his intentions to nearly everyone, including the audience, and there is no doubt he sees himself on the role of falcon-trainer. However, Katherine is a bright woman (which is why she suffered no fools as suitors) and once she catches on to her husband's plan, she masterfully plays him like an instrument. Perhaps, then, they are each training the other. In the end, the audience is more hopeful for and interested in this pair than in either of the other two married couples because of their complex relationship.

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I think this is an attempt at humor. I say attempt, because I don't really find it funny.  It would have been uprorious in Shakespeare's day though.  Shakespeare had a way of using the relationship and power struggle between men and women humorously.  Ok, I admit it's a little funny.

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