Taming of the Shrew Essay

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Question: ‘What are the positive or negative aspects of transforming a text?’ Discuss in relation to ‘the Taming of the shrew’ and ’10 things I hate about you’. It is two o’clock in the morning. You have a biology test in six hours and an incomplete essay sits in front of you. As you stare into your glowing computer screen, back hunched and rubbing your temples. You have one hand around a half empty glass of coffee placed next to you and imaginary swirling lines of steam are sucked up into your nostrils. The other hand is resting on the mouse of your computer, middle finger scrolling done your Facebook feed. You stop to read a status one of your friends has written, you read it again. You have just found out that your favourite book is being made into a movie. Your back straightens up and your eyes become orbs of pure joy as you buy tickets online for the first screenings. I’m sure everyone has experienced the excitement of having their favourite novel or play be turned into a movie or vice versa. However, sometimes our high expectations are not satisfied and the film does not do the novel justice. Like many of Shakespeare’s other plays ‘the Taming of the Shrew’ has been transformed into ’10 Things I Hate About You’ a film directed by Gil Junger. There are several positive aspects of transforming this text as society’s values and community standards changed throughout time due to many factors such as the development of entertainment and the changing perception of woman. For someone to be able to be successfully express themselves to a certain society they must consider how it will be presented so that the audience is guaranteed to be satisfied. In an Elizabethan society a popular form of entertainment was watching a play. People of high status and nobility have servants or commoners present a play for their amusement. The quote ‘...Let them play it. Is not
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