The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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What does a modern audience learn about marriages and gender roles in Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew?

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I agree with other editors in pointing out that the learning process is not all one-way. It is clear that Kate and Petruchio have found their equal in the other, and that at the end of the play we feel that they will have a happier and a more successful marriage than Lucentio and Bianca, precisely because Kate, now that she has been "tamed" and found a man that is worthy of her, is committed to her role. But likewise, Petruchio is forced to realise that Kate still remains a powerful character, and that marriage does involve compromise and negotiation.

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Marriages often involve power struggles.  Those of Petruchio and Kate are of course exaggerated, but for a household to run smoothly and efficiently, there must be harmony.  Petruchio's methods are extreme, and in many ways those more of a parent than a husband.  But he knows that he must strike first, so to speak, because if he did not, nothing at all would please Kate.  She would...

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how is gender divide potryed in the taming of the shrew?