What Is Misogyny In The Taming Of The Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew, a 1967 textualized Shakespearean film, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, told of Katharina Minolas rebellion to oppose the prevailing standards, attitudes and practises placed upon the patriarchal society during the Elizabethan era. Ten things I Hate About You, is a 1999 adaptation by Gil Junger of this social sexism of male superiority however with an introduction of, and rapid rise in, the popularity of femininity. These modern ideologies can be understood and therefore comprehensively compared by contemporary viewers to distinguish contextual differences surrounding both films. By analysing underlying messages, that are perceived differently depending of varying audiences, the linking of social viewpoints from the …show more content…
Based on the viewing of both similarly relating texts, the characters personalities, the way in which the plot was formed to incorporate modernist beliefs, the choice of setting surrounding the message of the play, and the vigorously explored themes are all significantly influencing factors to decipher the different underlying message of either misogyny or the liberation of women by men. It is from this finding that I can conclude on the personal opinion that The Taming of the Shrew, can be seen to be an exercise in misogyny, contrasting to this of Ten Things I Hate About You, where I believe that the messages conveyed, show the positive liberation of women by …show more content…
Katharina Minola was represented in The Taming of The Shrew, as a masculine character that exhibited negatively exuberant qualities that shows aspects of boistorsity and viciousness. The contrasting personality of Kat, the leading female in the 1999 adaptation, shows also, in my opinion, elements of masculinity in her actions to not conform with society, however traits additionally presented show that this level of masculinity has been quite equally balanced with her level of femininity. The superior male figure, identified as the character Petruchio in The Taming of The Shrew, expressed misogynistic chauvinism which personally negatively affected my opinion towards the film and its message. Petruchio in the film is consistently dominating Katharina and her attempts of individuality and independence. The personality of the comparative character, Patrick Verona, conveys to the individualistic behaviors of Kat Stratford, the etiquette and mannerisms that can be recognised to be derived from his admiration, respect for femininity, and love for Kat 's own journey of self liberation. The representation of misogyny can be seen to be present in the film, when the the characters personalities link to the ideologies defined as publicly displaying the dislike of, sever contempt for, or

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