Comparison Between 10 Things I Hate About You And The Taming Of The Shrew

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Ten Things I Hate About Shrew William Shakespeare is one of the most preeminent playwrights to have ever sauntered this earth. Shakespeare has composed hundreds of sonnets, plays and stories which range from romance to humor. One of his most memorable works is The Taming of the Shrew, which is a humorous play, which also expresses elements of romance. In today’s terms, the play would be considered a romantic comedy. The Taming of the Shrew has been adapted in many different ways. A very famous modern approach to the story is the film 10 Things I Hate About You directed by Gil Junger. Junger’s movie is one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare 's humorous play. Junger’s movie 10 Things I Hate About You and Shakespeare’s play The Taming of …show more content…
The film 10 Things I Hate About You directed by Gil Junger was released in 1999 as a modern adaption of Shakespeare 's famous play The Taming of the Shrew. A new student by the name of Cameron James (Joseph-Gordon Levitt) becomes instantly smitten with another student named Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) and automatically wants to date her. Bianca’s father is extremely strict and does not want her or her sister, Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) to date until they graduate. Bianca is smitten for another boy named Joey and begs her father to let her date. Her father decides to let her date when her older antisocial, rebellious sister Kat does. Cameron decides to have Joey pay Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out so he can date Bianca. The plan backfires because Bianca’s love interest is Joey …show more content…
The female character’s names are the exact same, and have the exact same personality. The film, as well as the play expresses the idea of individulity, trust and relationships. They both express feminine independence by using the tradition dating standards and the choice to embrace them like Bianca or completley reject them like Kat. The only difference is that in The Taming of the Shrew it is not dating, it is mariagge that is being pressured. Mariagge is shown as something they obsessed over whereas dating is expressed as the perfect teenage peer pressure example. If someone is not dating in high school you are automatically seen as having something wrong with you and end up looking like a loser at all of the school dances. Both of these plots are simple and achieve what they were meant for which is entertainment. I was never bored with reading the play or watching the movie because of the romantic and humorus tone. The fundementals of relationships are usual topics used in the work of Shakespeare. The film as well as the movie show examples of trusting and untrusting relationships. Trust is a major theme in both the play and the movie. There are untrusting relationships such as Mr. Stratford and his daughters and trusting relationships such as between Cameron and Bianca, and later on between Kat and Patrick. Towards the end trust comes more into play

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