10 Things I Hate About You Vs Taming Of The Shrew

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The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, follows the lives of two sisters, Katherine and Bianca as different suitors try to wed Bianca. Katherine is seen as a shrew by many people and her ‘shrewish’ behavior can be seen in her relationship with her sister Bianca. In 10 Things I Hate About You, a film adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, Bianca and Katherine also have a bad relationship, however Katherine’s shrewish behavior towards her sister is explained, allowing the audience to understand another side to Katherine and enhancing the play version of Katherine. Katherine and Bianca have a hostile relationship in both The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I hate About You, however, both adaptations show that Katherine does not act like a shrew towards her sister out of spite, but because she has been emotionally hurt. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Katherine, known as Kat in the film, acts like a shrew towards Bianca in order to protect her from being emotionally hurt like she was by Joey and her mother. In once scene of the…show more content…
However, the film version clearly emphasizes Kat’s emotional issues visually. The film version of Kat enhances the original Katherine of the Shakespeare play. In the film version, the director makes it clear that Katherine is only trying to protect her sister by acting like a shrew. However, in the play, readers have to analyze the material closely in order to realize that Katherine does not act like a shrew towards her sister out of spite, but because she is jealous and has been emotionally hurt by her father. 10 Things I Hate About You enhances the characterization of Katherine through clothing and framing, revealing that Katherine does not mean to be a shrew to her sister, but is instead taking out her frustration in the ony way she knows
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