This archetype of Kate is evoked in this article1 that explores the strange relationship between famous Christian convert C.S LEWIS and a Mrs. MOORE, the mother of a close friend killed in battle during WWI and who nursed LEWIS back to health after he was wounded. It makes LEWIS (who also wrote the Narnia series) more like Oedipus - and I think to characterize Mrs. MOORE as Kate is quite ridiculous.
Queen Tamora2 in Titus Andronicus maybe, but not the lovely Kate. Yet, Hildebrand calls MOORE:
"a typical virago who is not a literary invention, but a creature of flesh and blood whom the Greeks would have called a fury. [and] ..... he freely accepted to be enslaved by a woman who abused his kindness and generosity."Indeed. This doesn't sound like Kate to me.
There are so many contradictions between the two: LEWIS converted to Christianity - MOORE steadfastly remained an Atheist; LEWIS's "obsession" vs. MOORE's "selfishness"; LEWIS's devotion is recognized for what it is - emotional slavery (which reminds me of the emotional blackmail common in Parental Alienation).
What I find important in this reveal of personal relationship is the unmasking of the feminist ideal of ever-virtuous womanhood. LEWIS was the chump - a loyal but willing henpeck. Pitied by his brother and "step-sister" for his self-imposed servitude. If LEWIS's relationship with MOORE was more than slave and enabler we shall never know, but I feel certain Kate and Petruchio lived a much better life.
1) "C. S. Lewis and Mrs. Moore" by ALICE VON HILDEBRAND, Inside Catholic (February 2009). Literature offers us a rich panorama of marriages in which the woman is a shrew and the husband a victim.
2) Queen Tamora was the blood-curdling and ruthless women - a Lady MacBeth on crystal meth - who exacted horrific retribution on Titus's children for his challenge to her authority.