Power of Love Essay

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Love is one of the most powerful things in this world. People will go to great lengths to achieve another’s love. From youth we have been showered with tales of true love’s kiss and of Prince Charming breaking the Evil Queen’s curse. Time and again, we are made to see the power of love. In the play, “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, the renowned playwright takes love deeper than just passion. Shakespeare goes under the surface of love, all the way to its core. The story truly begins as Baptista Minola’s two daughters are readied for marriage: Bianca the sweet and innocent; Katherina the shrewd and curst. Men gravitate towards beautiful Bianca and flee when Katherina appears. Hortensio, a good friend of the main protagonist, …show more content…
Confidence in recent times can sometimes come across as being rude, however, Petruchio applies his confidence differently: acts as a well-mannered gentleman. When greeting Kate’s father, Petruchio boldly states, “And you, good sir. Pray have you not a daughter Called Katherina, fair and virtuous?”(2,1,43-44). Petruchio is well aware of what the outcomes are if he were to use ignorant and obnoxious words. Katherina’s sharp-tongued personality is infamous in the town of Padua, yet Petruchio describes her in the kindest way possible, rather than returning her sharp words with sharper words. “That hearing of her beauty and her wit, her affability and bashful modesty, her wondrous qualities and mild behavior”(2,1,48-50). Hearing this from a man from Verona, many are left to question Petruchio’s judgment of people. Kate is quick to point this out, but Petruchio chooses not to comment back with harsh language. As a result, Kate is surprised that Petruchio does not scream or run away crying. In fact, she hears something dramatically different and does not know how to react. Petruchio is well ahead of the game and he knows what is coming. “You lie, in faith, for you are called plain Kate, And bonny Kate, and sometimes Kate the curst, But Kate, the prettiest Kate in Christendom,”(2,1,186-188). Kate and Petruchio’s first meeting consists of Kate ignoring and insulting Petruchio, while

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