Shakespeare's Characters Titania and Kathryn Are Essentially the Same. They Both Take Different Journeys but Ultimately Fall in Love, Discuss.

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Essay question: Shakespeare's characters Titania and Kathryn are essentially the same. They both take different journeys but ultimately fall in love, discuss. In Shakespeare’s plays love is a key theme, which is illustrated by Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Kathryn from Taming of the Shrew. These characters both take different journeys through two of his plays. One travels through false love and another travels through hatred. Both Characters learn what it is to love and at the end of their journeys they are both in the same place, love. In Titania’s journey it is only through forced love that true love is found. As her and Oberon are married it is assumed that they were in love. Over time, their love faded before completely falling apart, this was signalled when Titania was too proud to give over an Indian boy. “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania” (act 2 scene 1 line 60) angered by his wife’s stubbornness, he gets his servant Puck to cast a spell over Titania, this spell made her love the next thing she saw who was bottom, a craftsman. Whilst under this forced love affair with Bottom, a lower class mortal, she learned how to love and was so distracted she gave Oberon what he wanted, the Indian boy. Titania becomes so obsessed that Oberon takes pity on her “…her dotage now I do pity…” (Act four, scene one, line 45) and asked for puck to take off the spell. Once her spell was taken off her she knew the value of love and realised she really did love Oberon. In Kathryn’s journey it is by not getting what she wanted that she truly found what she wanted, and that was love. Kathryn had never experienced love in her whole life; she was mean, stubborn and obsessed with her career. Kathryn was not at all welcoming to love whether it came from family of peers. Although she agrees to marry Petrucchio it is clear that she does not trust him, shown in

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