Comparison: Taming of the Shrew & 10 Things I Hate About You

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Module A: Comparison of Texts Individuals challenge the values that permeate time, in a manner that is relevant to their society. This rebellion is evident in William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew and Gil Junger’s film 10 Things I Hate About You whereby Katherina and Kat initially disregard the social expectations for women of their context. The composers portray this comparably, using textual integrity so the women’s misunderstood, shrew-like behavior is suited to their culture and society. This in turn, provokes both characters to experience a transformation of self and their values. In The Taming of The Shrew, Katherina challenges the values and themes of courtship and marriage, dismissing the female etiquette when meeting her suitor. In the Elizabethan Era in which the play is set, a woman allowed herself to be wooed and won over by men who courted her. Katherina flouts this moral behavior in the scene whereby she meets Petruchio. Rather than responding to his request to marriage in the acceptable way of being passive and congenial, Katherina retaliates in a juxtaposing manner. Her boisterousness and hostility is epitomised in the stage direction [She strikes him]. This indicates that Katherina employs physical abuse as a self defense mechanism against Petruchio. Such violent behavior was classed as shrew-like and highly unorthodox in the Elizabethan Era, particularly towards a male suitor of a high social class. Thus, Katherina challenges the values of courtship and marriage, in a way that is relevant to her society. Correspondingly, in 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat rebels against the social expectations of the permeating values of courtship and dating. The film focuses upon American teenagers in the 1990’s, whereby it was considered flattering for a female to receive male attention. In this context, the amount of men a women was courted
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