Shared Power Is More Powerful . When Two People Are In

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Shared power is more powerful When two people are in conflict and trying to assert their needs. When we want to influence another person, what we are in effect doing is attempting to exert some power over that individual. In this context, power doesn’t necessarily mean something ominous or threatening. There are many meanings and possible sources of power. For example, passion can be a source of power. The righteousness of a cause can be its power. Confidence is power. So when a couple is mired in conflict– when they are desperately trying to get their way or be right or prove the other person wrong– what it often comes down to is a power struggle. Power is a basic component of any relationship. Think about the relationships in your own…show more content…
Covert power builds resentment, who find that courage, often find that bringing power dynamics to the surface is the key to repairing their relationship and moving past resentment. Nevertheless, despite the connections between these works, inequality does not work in the same way for every couple. Each of the couples represented here possesses their own definition of sublime inequity, often signaled by gender differences. In “somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond,” e.e. Cummings describes an infatuation so great that it renders the world topsy-turvy, making “fragility” powerful and turning the masculine into feminine. Cummings begins by suggesting that this infatuation is unfamiliar territory for his speaker, referring to it as “somewhere” he has “never travelled, gladly beyond/any experience…” (1-2). Here, new love is described as an unfamiliar place—or perhaps, a state of mind—that transcends the speaker’s previous romantic encounters. The inclusion of the word “gladly,” however, implies that the novelty of this latest affair is (at the very least) pleasurable. Reading these lines in context with the poem’s overwhelmingly romantic tone suggests that our speaker is addressing his lover (“you”) directly. Perhaps contributing to his overall state of confusion, the speaker notes: “your eyes have their silence,” implying that his lady love is more inscrutable than his previous flames (Cummings 2). Cumming’s use of “silent eyes” brings to mind images of
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