Taming Of The Shrew Letter

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October 31, 2011 Taming Shrew To Whom It May Concern: After reading the Taming of the Shrew and watching your film of 10 Things I Hate About You, I have some observations that you may find valuable regarding your updates on character. The first character that it portrayed is Katherine (Kat), who is obviously as shrew as excepted to be. The play describes her as shrew, but there is no reason explaining why she is mean through the entire play. Contrarily, your film describes Kat to have a reason for her nastiness. In the play, Hortensio describes Kat to Petruchio in order to explain how rude she is after telling him how much money her family has, “Her name is Katherina Minola, Renowned in Padua for her scolding tongue”(55). Hortensio introduces the idea of Kat to Petruchio and what kind of person she is and yet he still does not explain what her reason is for being that way. Neither does anybody, including Kat herself, give her a reason for her shrew attitude. In contrast, your film portrays her as a slightly different character. Rather than just being rude, she obviously has her opinions about certain things and sticks to them. For example, when asked about Bogey Lowenstein’s party Kat explains that people go to the party’s “in hopes of distracting themselves from the pathetic emptiness of their meaningless consumer driven lives”(10 Things). In this scene, she clearly describes how she feels and how that is the reason she does not go out to be with other people or parties. This gives us audience an insight to how Kat has real opinions and being hardheaded is why she is hated and so considered rude. Even though this is different than the play itself, I felt that this was a good adaption of the character for the film. If the film were to have a Kat without reason, she would only seem childish and mean, as the Kat in the GLTF production was portrayed. The

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