Shakespeare’s plays are often associated with great love stories. Love is a subject which is omnipresent in both his tragedies and comedies. In comedies, love is even a requirement that “is always fulfilled despite all of the blocking complications” (Charney 27). These complications are often the main plot of the plays, the reason why the story unfolds the way it does. It is these complications that give depth to the characters, their relationships and their love. The ways these complications unfold give us indications as to how two individuals relate to each other and how deep their connection is. They reveal holes in character traits and test the characters’ faith, trust and trustworthiness. These attributes are among the ones questioned in both The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing. In these two plays are four main relationships which unravel over the course of the events. These are four love stories with their own complications and obstacles to overcome. Yet, as individual as they may seem, they share certain similarities between them. On the one hand we have Bianca and Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew and Hero and Claudio in Much Ado about Nothing who share a certain resemblance in the way their relationships form and especially how said relationships then express themselves. More importantly, there are Kate and Petruccio in The Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing who share one striking complication in their
William Shakespeare’s Comedy, Taming of the Shrew is a play that takes place in Padua where Lucentio, a student Begins chasing a girl he is interested in, Bianca. As Bianca already has two suitors, who neither seem to catch her interest, a couple men on Lucentio’s ‘team’ start to develop a plan to be able to woo Katherina, the older sister, so then lucentio can gain the rights to Bianca. After this all works out, Petruchio is going to embarrass Kate, and quickly teach her that he is in charge. Petruchio and his servants deny her food and sleep. Kate is treated horribly, until she eventually obeys him. Taming of the Shrew provides an in-depth look at the social and political lifestyle in the early 1600’s. Many of the messages gathered from this play is a shocking surprise at the gender roles and the change that has taken place over a few hundred years. Men made sure they remained complete seniority over the household. They were perceived as only good for household chores, making food, and their families property. Marital arrangements in the 17th century were not about love, happiness, and comfort, but rather social reputation, money, and property.
The 1999 teen movie Ten Things I Hate About You is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It appealed to teens but was still able to keep the key themes and values of Shakespeare’s work evident throughout the film. These themes included romance, the importance of social order, patriarchal values and transformation.
Often in works of literature, a character deceives or tricks other people. In the play “Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare, Petruchio does just that, he tricks and deceives his wife Katherine. To deceive someone is to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage. He deceives Katherine after they get married, he uses it as a part of his taming plan. Petruchio deceives Katherine by denying her food and sleep through intimidation and power control to tame her and give the play its title.
One of the biggest difference between 10 things I hate about you and Taming of the shrew is how Pretruchio treats Kate. At the start of Taming of The Shrew Pretruchio very loving, kind, romantic, and respectful. But
In Shakespeare’s play, Taming of the Shrew, and in the movie, Ten Things I Hate About You, many similarities and differences can be pointed out. The play has many characteristics that are still happening to this day and will most likely happen in the future. While looking at the characters in the play and in the movie, you will see that society's view of certain people have not changed much. Why is this play, written 423 years ago, still relevant today and will be long into the future?
The story The Taming of the Shrew written by William Shakespeare is a tale of how a nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly into believing he is actually a nobleman himself. Christopher being of nobility watches a play about a marriage of Petruchio and a stubborn shrew Katherina (Kate). Throughout this play there are numerous examples of how Petruchio is abusive towards Kate as he attempts to tame her. Petruchio starves Kate along with being extremely careless when dealing with Kate’s feelings. He is very impolite, immature, and knows the best way to tame Kate.
Unlike Kat’s decision to partake in a relationship with Patrick, a man she is truly in love with, Katherine is manipulated and controlled to marry Petruchio and stay by his side. Her willpower is eliminated and she has no choice but to stay with a man who she believes has her best interests in mind. Petruchio’s abuse in Taming of the Shrew is far more than just verbal. He wants to ensure that Katherine is his subordinate that he starves her and takes away things she wants. As he states in Act IV scene i, “She ate no meat today, nor none shall eat. / Last night she slept not, nor tonight she shall not / ...And, if she chance to nod, I’ll rail and brawl, / And with the clamor keep her still awake. / This is a way to kill a wife with kindness. / And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor.” He believes that in starving his wife and keeping her awake, she will do anything he wishes to acquire these basic human necessities. Shuqair states it perfectly, “In Act IV, Petruchio's power is further established through Katherine's loss of identity and her subjective vision of the world. Starving her into submission and denying her sleep, Petruchio effects complete mastery over her. All of this violence is done, as Petruchio himself says, ‘in reverend care of her’(IV.i.204), and, as Katherine recognizes, ‘under
They are able to explain and demonstrate how women should have their own opinions and stand up for what they believe in instead of having men tell them what to do all the time. The film is a very effective adaptation in order to understand Shakespeare’s play. “10 Things I Hate About You”’s modern take on the original “Taming of the Shrew” is a great adaptation because they get the message and theme across of women challenging their stereotypical roles in
The Taming of the Shrew is a romantic comedy. If comedic devices were not there The Taming of the Shrew would be just a normal romance. Comedic devices do work to develop the plot in The Taming of the Shrew. The are several comedic devices in this story: unexpected plot twists, witty language, disguises or costumes, young love with a struggle, and unity and harmony. These all contribute different comedic aspects to the plot and push the plot forward.
In the play, the love story is hidden and almost overlooked. The play focuses so much on the hatred between the couple and the struggle to “tame” Katherine that the love story can get lost. Katherine has an ending speech in the play, expressing her feeling about a good wife and how they should submit to their husbands. This scene is supposedly a confession of love yet, it can be seen as Katherine, almost, sucking up to Petruchio to get on his good side and gain respect from him, not love. In the movie, the love story is more prominent and is easily noticed throughout the movie. Modern day communication and relationships were vastly different but, the movie really portrayed the “lovey-dovey” aspect of The Taming of the Shrew. The movies atmosphere and era helped with that portrayal. Seeing as women were not just property but more leaning towards as actual human beings and “almost” equal in standards to men. Leading into my final subject the role of women in these
It is a story of how Petruchio, the money-grubbing wife hunter, transforms the aggressive and bad-tempered Katherine Minola into an obedient, honey-tounge trophy wife. Written by William Shakespeare between 1590 and 1594, it's one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. It is also one of his most controversial works as well. The Taming of the Shrew has been criticized for its representation of abusive behavior and misogynistic attitudes toward women, and the play has pretty much been dogged since it was first performed. There is a lot of evidence that Shrew made, even Shakespeare's contemporary audiences more than a little squeamish. Shrew remains one of the most performed and adapted plays in Shakespeare's body of
Many actions and ideologies of the characters in The Taming of the Shrew create an overarching conflict between comedy and sexism for most readers. Specifically, the relationships between the men and women introduce controversial topics such as obedience and love which must be questioned thoroughly. The conditions of Petruchio and Katherine’s marriage was more “traditional” in the sense that it was primarily patriarchal, and that Kate was expected to be subservient and obedient. While this is sexist, on the surface, this was not the intended meaning behind the works. Rather, this was meant to convey how outlandish such common ideologies were in an increasingly sophisticated society. By using extreme examples
More of modern day classic, West Side Story is about a New York gang member (Tony) who falls in love with another gang’s sister (Maria), but of course, they are rivals. Sound familiar? Everyone knows the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet, it is about Romeo that falls madly in love with Juliet, but their families (the Montagues and Capulets) are in a fight, so these love-struck characters can not be together. When they break the rules and go with each other, it sounds like a happy ending, but both families suffer the loss of a loved one fighting for land .
Taming of The Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You have many similarities such as Bianca and Katerina have the same names, Kat is the sister that is the shrew, Bianca is the lovely one everyone wants, and Cameron pretends to know French so that he can tutor Bianca. Although these examples are similar to the play, they are not exactly the same. For instance, in Taming of The Shrew, Bianca and Katerina’s last name is Baptista but in the movie their last name is Stratford, and Cameron pretends to know French to tutor Bianca when in the story Lucentio was an overall school teacher for Bianca. Some differences between the two are that Bianca is using Cameron, there is not a distinct Gremio, and there are teachers at the school that are not included in the play. In the movie at the beginning after Cameron