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…show more content…
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.' These men are of higher status then of Grumio and Curtis as they use the English language and Latin very well. Status may justify Petruchio's significant mentioning of his father, Antonio. Petruchio: 'Petruchio is my name, Antonio's son, a man well known throughout all Italy'. This quote highlights Petruchio's suggestion of his
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