The Power Of Love In 10 Things I Hate About You And Taming Of The Shrew

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The Power of Love in 10 Things I Hate About You and Taming of the Shrew 'The Power of Love' is portrayed in various themes throughout both.
Some of which depict superficial love, motivation by money and
love-at-first-sight. These ideas can be contrasted and compared
between the 1500 Elizabethan time of Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of
the Shrew' and the present contemporary period of teenage movie '10
Thing I Hate About You'.

The motif of motivation by money in love is a frequently suggested
theme in both texts: - 'Taming of the Shrew' and '10 Things I Hate
About You'. In 'The Taming of the Shrew' Petruchio is motivated by
dowry money that he would receive if he married the shrewd and
foul-tongued Katherina.

Petruchio:'I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; if wealthily then
happily in Padua.'

Petruchio explains that the only way to a happy lifestyle is to marry
a wealthy wife in Padua. His theory is that money will make him happy,
although in contemporary society that hypothesis has been challenged.

Gremio: 'You shall have me assisting you in all. But will you woo[1]
this wildcat?' Petruchio: Will I live?...Think you a little din can
daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar? Have I not
heard the sea, puffed up with winds…and heavens artillery thunder in
the skies?...And you do tell me of a woman's tongue, that gives not
half so great a blow to heard.'

Petruchio boasts taming Katherina will not be difficult as he has
experienced far worse in his life than just the scolding tongue of a
woman. He highlights that he is fearless in his chase for Katherina
and is not intimidated by her. Petruchio is willing to go to extreme
lengths, even when warned by good friends Hortensio about Katherina's

The representation of status is also brought up repeatedly in this
play as only well-known, respectable men could marry the most
beautiful and modest women with large dowries. The language used by
both Grumio and Curtis compared to that of Baptista and Gremio
highlights the importance of language in determining levels of status.

Grumio: 'Why, give him gold enough and marry him to a puppet…or an old
trot with ne'er a tooth in her head, though have as many diseases as
two and fifty horses.'

Curtis: 'Come, you are so full of cony-catching. By this reckoning he
is more shrew than she.'

The language of the slave/servant is less formal and use more
colloquial language.

Baptista: 'Gentlemen, importune me no further, for how I firmly am
resolved you know; that is, not to bestow my youngest daughter before
I have a husband for the elder.

Hortensio: 'I can, Petruchio, help thee to a wife, with wealth enough,
and young and beauteous, brought up as best becomes a gentlewoman.'


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