Analysis Of `` Taming Of The Shrew ' And The 1990 's Film, 10 Things I Hate About You

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Shakespeare 's play “Taming of the Shrew” and the 1990’s film, 10 Things I Hate About You,both aim to reflect the common ideas of- relationships, feminism, appearance verus reality and transformation. However, the context and intended audience of both texts forces varied representations and interpretations of these ideas. The use of film techniques and modern day music are used in 10 Things to appeal to a modern audience, while Taming of the Shrew is represented using literary techniques. 10 Things I Hate About You is set in a 1990’s high school and follows a stronger feminist approach to cater to a modern audience. However, both the play and the film portray a society where outspoken and aggressive women are deemed “shrewd” and undesirable. The representations of these ideas have been adapted but the purpose remains the same.

The play and the film both explore the idea of relationships, however, 10 Things I Hate About You explores a 20th century take on the dynamics of teenage relationships rather than marriage. While representations of relationships differ, both texts portray the idea of superficial relationships. Bianca in the film is as shallow and manipulative as she is portrayed in the play. Appearance is important to Bianca. This is evident when Cameron confronts her by saying “Have you always been this selfish?” The use of dialogue reinforcing that Bianca has broken Cameron 's heart due to her self-absorbed personality. In the play, Bianca is sought after by a…

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