Appropriation of the Taming of the Shrew and Ten Things I Hate About You

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Shakespeare's play The Taming of the Shrew and its modern appropriation, a film directed by Gil Junger, Ten Things I Hate About You is a obvious illustration of how texts can express the issues and values present in the cultural and historical context of the time. The two texts share a common scheme and explore similar issues, however, the responses given between each text vary as social values have changed over time. For example, romantic relationships are valued differently in a modern context as opposed to the Shakespearian time where the female was expected to submit herself to the man in a marital hierarchy and economic society. Nowadays, love is valued as the best foundation for a relationship where partners can be independent from one another. It is evident that these differing values in Elizabethan and modern society are reflected in the character's relationships within each text. Inequality among genders is a theme that is conveyed in Shakespeare's play, ' The Taming of the Shrew.' In the play, the characters portray a comedic battle of the sexes where the tradition of marriage serves as the battleground. The men strive for marital harmony where the wife must conform to society's ideals of female obedience under male authority to achieve peace and love. This notion is best exemplified through Petruchio's 'taming' of Katherina. Katherine does not conform to the social criteria of a 16th Century maiden and is thus scolded for her "shrewish" nature. She is described as a "fiend of hell" who is "intolerably curst". Throughout the play, Kat's gradual defeat to Petruchio's authority is shown. She even defies rationality to comply with his demands accepting that "...sun it is not, when you say it is not, And the moon changes even as your mind... and so it shall be for Katherine." The imagery of the sun and moon reaffirms society's view of an ideal relationship
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