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10 Things I Hate About You Themes

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Love, power and money. All three of these are the most important themes throughout the two films Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You. Out of the two movies, I enjoyed 10 Things I Hate About You more than Taming of the Shrew. The 1999 movie relates closer to society now and I actually understood what they were talking about. After watching both movies and finding out that 10 Things I Hate about You was a take on a shakespearean play that was written in 1592, the similarities and difference between each movie started to show. In both movies the themes of power, love, misogyny and money were all portrayed in various ways. Misogyny means the hatred or dislike of a women and can manifest in violence, objectification, and belittling…show more content…
In the movies the staring man loved to use the power of money and dowry to buy woman, you could say that goods and women are pretty much the same thing. Throughout the movie 10 Things I Hate About You a group of boys are throwing money at each other so at least one of them would take out Kat, the shrew. Eventually one took the dosh and sucked it up and asked Kat. Dowry was also very prominent in the Taming of the Shrew especially when the father was trying to marry his daughters off and once again a group of men were betting on the ladies in the film, seeing which one was more trained in a way, just like a dog or a donkey. Dowry and money were a large part in both movies and was used a lot throughout each movie. Power was a huge part in Taming of the Shrew. The fact that Petruccio takes his time in getting to the wedding ceremony is another way Shakespeare establishes male dominance: the woman must wait on the man, because it is his time that all things take place. This theme is further expounded upon as Petruccio sets out to "tame" Kate--he does not allow her to even stay at her father's house for her wedding feast, but because he says to leave they must. He then does not allow her to eat or sleep, exercising his control over her, his…show more content…
In Elizabethan time, men were the most powerful race and women were the prize to be won. This has changed majorly in 400yrs, from when it was okay to abuse, starve and torture their wives because it shows dominance. Whether you are a mysogynist and find the taming of the shrew a comedy, or an intelligent self aware person, if you abused a woman like Kat was you would be charged for physical and mental abuse. Society today, and especially in light of the myriads of news reports in recent times, does not tolerate abuse of woman. Your own personal belief means nothing when you break the law. Petruchio shows his dominance by taking his time getting to the wedding ceremony. Than not allowing Kat to attend her own wedding feast at her father’s house. The emotional abuse to Kat never stopped, yes in scenes of Taming of the Shrew it looked like Kat enjoyed the chase and fight for her. But in my opinion no women would enjoy being abused by getting yelled and pulled away from what they want. In 10 Things I Hate About You, the dominance is showed with popularity and money. The 1999 movie portrays the most stereotypical image of a teenage feminist: angry. A girl walking down the halls ripping down prom posters. Kat is a big feminist in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You. She is portrayed in the movie to be a .......... and plays it really well, until the end when she completely falls for the heart drop
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