Power of Love

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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, Petruchio, wants to marry Bianca, in order for that to happen, Hortensio must get Petruchio to marry Katherina. Yet, Petruchio knows what he is getting himself into and he wisely sees past Katherina’s prickly outer shell. He proves that the Katherina isn’t what everyone in Padua thinks she is. Petruchio exposes the superficial problems in his society and demonstrates that respect and love are one and the same. Furthermore, Petruchio’s determination and heart allows him to woo the girl, marry her and activate the Taming of the Shrew.
Pick up lines don’t all necessarily work. “Your eyes are as blue as window cleaner.” Some may make you blush and others can make you walk away, giggling. As Petruchio knows, it is not the line that leads to success; it is confidence. “Why came I hither but to that intent? Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar Have I not heart the sea, puffed up with winds, Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat? Have I not heard great...

... middle of paper ... does not just provide him with the ability to charm women, merely for love; rather, he does use his wisdom to benefit those he loves, especially Kate. Shakespeare does not just acknowledge valuing others but, hints on superficiality in societies. This places all the magazines and cosmetics in the spotlight. Telling not just young but everyone in general, how to act, look and be. Petruchio and Kate’s marriage brings a new period of happiness and joy to them and their family and friends. In “The Taming of the Shrew”, happiness was found in the very thing people overlooked. Love brought out the very best in what seemed like the very worst. As reasonable people in a society, skip the negativity and discover the positivity because the bad is just not worth it.

Works Cited

Shakespeare, William, and Roma Gill. The Taming of the Shrew. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1990. Print.
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