Taming of the Shrew

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The taming of the plot. To make a modern version of a 16th century play, one would have to have a perfect mix of similarities and differences between the two, incorporating elements of both worlds. Gil Junger, The director of 10 Things I Hate About You did a very good job at this, using many of the characters and much of the plot from Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare as well as aspects of teen society that so many people can relate to in today’s world. Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You are very similar in many ways, but they have some minor differences. Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You have many of the same characters. The main characters have similar or the same names, such as Katherine, Bianca, Cameron who is Cambio/Lucentio, and Petruccio who is Patrick. These characters not only have similar names, but they also behave similarly. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Cameron pretends to know French to be near Bianca. In Taming of the Shrew, Lucentio disguises himself as Cambio and does the same thing. Another similarity is that in the play, Petruccio is paid to marry Katherine, where in the modern version, Patrick is also paid to go out with Katherine. In the end, Patrick and Petruccio have “tamed” Katherine because she is now willing to be with a man but before that she is a shrew. PETRUCHIO: Come, come, you wasp, i’faith you are too angry. KATHERINE: If I be waspish, best beware my sting. PETRUCHIO: My remedy is then to pluck it out. KATHERINE: Ay, if the fool could find where it lies. PETRUCHIO: Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting? In his tail. KATHERINE: In his tongue. PETRUCHIO: Whose tongue? KATHERINE: Yours, if you talk of tales, and so farewell. PETRUCHIO: What, with my tongue in your tail? (II.i.207–214) This exchange between the two main characters occurs during their first
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