Taming Of The Shrew Relationship Analysis

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There are many ways in which Gil Junger and Shakespeare explore the theme of relationships in their texts. A range of film techniques in Gil Junger’s ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and literary techniques in Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ are used to convey ideas that sibling relationships can grow and change over time, romantic relationships require trust and that favouritism in families can have negative effects.
In ‘Taming of the Shrew’ characters are employed to show that sibling relationships may not evolve over time. Katherina and Bianca’s relationship does not change much, if at all. It is shown through stage directions from the offset that they do not get along well, with “Katherina strike[ing] [Bianca]” (Act 2, Scene1), along with
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Shakespeare’s interpretation relies on the fact that there is very little to no trust in arranged marriages. Katherina is told that “will [she], nil [she], Petruchio will marry [her]” (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 263). This shows that trust is far from paramount to a relationship where men only come to “live it wealthily” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 76-77). Trust is not only not required in a romantic relationship, it is rarely apparent. Shakespeare uses plot to show that trust is not important and may not even develop. However, Katherina eventually trusts Petruchio to an extent once she is tamed, and the pay shows a quiet marriage with some degree of trust. This is similar in ’10 Things I Hate About You’. For Kat and Patrick’s relationship, it was empty and meaningless whilst she didn’t trust him and “questioned his motives”. As Patrick “screw[s] up [and] falls for [her]”, Kat begins to trust him. This is where the relationship truly develops. Junger also uses plot to portray the development of trust and its imperativeness to a healthy romantic relationship. Bianca’s love story follows Joey, whom she likes for his status alone and is very superficial. This relationship develops poorly, with miscommunication and lies, leading the relationship to end shortly after beginning. As Bianca begins to know Cameron more, she finds him trustworthy. This relationship …show more content…
Shakespeare shows that Katherina is treated more as property through dialogue. Baptista proclaims he will not “bestow [his] youngest daughter until [he] has a husband for [his] eldest” (Act 1, Scene 1, Line 51-52). This is done with such detachment towards Katherina, but protects and coddles Bianca. This blatant favouritism not only forges a toxic relationship filled with envy and bitterness between the sisters, but also contributes to Katherina’s shrewish reputation. This encourages sympathy from the readers at her unjust treatment, as well as giving an insight into why Katherina acts the way she does, making her a more real character. This is very similar in ’10 Things I Hate About You’ for Kat and Bianca, although favouritism is less extreme, and instead presents itself as being over-protective. Walter “[likes] the idea that [Bianca will never date”, but is less caring towards Kat. Junger uses setting within the film to communicate this, showing a protected, safe home compared to the outside world, allowing viewers to understand the effects of favouritism on both girls. Walter is protective of both girls, but shows a more caring form towards Bianca. This is similar in both texts and contributes to Kats hatred and stand-off attitude at the unfair treatment, and damages her relationship with men and her family as well as fostering a spoilt attitude

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