Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You Comparison Essay

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I strongly believe ‘In the process of transforming older texts into contemporary situations, the writing style and contexts change but the same values are reinforced” is false. I introduce Gil Junger’s ’10 Things I Hate about You’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ which I will be using in this speech today. Taming of the Shrew written approximately 400 years ago is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, sharing many characteristics as his other romantic comedies, such as ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Some characteristics include light-hearted and slapstick humour, disguises and deception and a happy ending in which most of the characters come out satisfied. 10 Things I Hate about You – written 400 years later, is a film directed by Gil Junger. A teen culture classic that is still watched nearly 20 years after its release date as it was successfully appropriated from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The plot is heavily based on Shakespeare’s original, but has been adapted to suit the 1990’s society. First things first, the setting of the play and film are in different places. Taming of the Shrew is set in Padua, 16th century Italy. Whilst 10 Things I Hate about You is set in Seattle, 20th century America. As a result of the different time frame, different values are valued. During the age when Shakespeare was writing, marriage was generally viewed more as a business relationship than a love match. Particularly among wealthy families, marriages were expected to increase the wealth and properties of the families involved, not satisfy the emotional needs of the prospective bride and groom. In the 16th Century, girls had to marry or the alternate was nunnery. Financial independence was impossible for upper class females and male dominance and the subservience of women was ideal. Katherine’s total submission is offensive to modern ideas of
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