Taming of the Shrew Katherine and Bianca Retaining Their Independence as a Female
Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper | Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee... But love, fair looks and true obedience- | Too little payment for so great a debt... My mind hath been as one of yours, | My heart as great, my reason haply more... And place your hand below your husband’s food; | In token of which duty, if he please, | My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
(Shakespeare V ii, ll. 152 - 195)
Her obedience and trust can definitely be perceived from the soliloquy, and it is these acts of obedience that has gained her her freedom. She earned Petruchio’s trust, in turn, she is able to do as she likes as long as she is faithful to him. With this transformation, Katherine is also aware of her social standings as a wife of a wealthy gentleman. Her new social position allows her to effectively order about the servants and people of lesser social standings. She is able to retain her independence with the power to command, even as