Social concerns undergo metamorphosis in their portrayal, according to the composers various contextual influences. ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was a play written by Shakespeare in the Elizabethan era where men were considered to be superior to women. This patriarchal society heavily influenced Shakespeare’s play, as it reflected the traditional values of the Elizabethan era. In contrast, the 20th century had drastically changed, with the first and second waves of feminism, which helped to remove inequalities and gender expectations. However Junger, the director of ‘10 Thing I Hate About You’ has kept the basis of the film based on Shakespeare’s play.
10 Things Comparison Essay “I guess in this society, being a male and an a**hole makes you worthy of our time.” , Kat Stratford said in 10 Things I Hate About You. When comparing the original play The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things there are many differences. Some differences include the era in which each was produced, the love story portrayed are each a bit unique, and how the role of women are portrayed.
Throughout history, women have always been considered inferior to men. Women are typically supposed to stay home and care for the children, quieter than men, do not need an education, and are supposed to listen and do what they are told. The men are the ones in charge. They are “always at the top”, expected to work to provide for their family, and tell their wives what to do. When reading “Taming of the Shrew” by Shakespeare and watching “10 Things I hate About You” directed by Gil Junger, the stereotypes and gender role of Katherine (Kat) and the sisterly relationship between Katherine (Kat) and Bianca come across.
Young girls in high school are at a very impressionable age. Rather than the movie choosing to sugarcoat and glamorize the abuse, it changes it into basic sarcastic banter and a stereotypical “love/hate” storyline. Although many scholars have argued over whether or not the marriage in the play is abusive, the evidence is surmounting. Regardless of whether or not one sees Katherine as a likable character, she is not deserving of this mistreatment.
Shakespeare’s play celebrates Kates wit and fiery spirit even while reveling in her humiliation. The play can be used as an example for the views of marriage in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the play could be sued as an example of what a wife was supposed to be like. Gossipy wives in the sixteenth and seventeenth century were to be submissive and were not to undermine the authority of their husband. The Taming of the Shrew emphasized, to the women of that time, that they would always end up being a submissive and dependent wife. On the other hand 10 Things I hate about you is more focused on the ideas of individualism, dating, and trust.
Though Kat tries to cover it up, it reveals that she truly does not like her own identity as she detested Ger’s image, who is exactly a reflection of herself. Kat’s lack of knowledge about who she is as a person altered her interests and affected the relationships around her. Lastly, Kat is lost as a person because she lives her life as what others perceive her to be. Though she tries to be unique and do things out of the norm, Kat desires the attention of others which fuels her unique and vogue persona. Her need for attention is evident when Gerald says, “Kat has a tendency to push things to extreme, to go over the edge, merely from a juvenile desire to shock.
In the comedy “10 things I hate about you” directed by Gil Junger, numerous elements of the movie are heavily influenced by the play “the Taming of the Shrew”, which is a comedic play written by the poet William Shakespeare. Many core components of the movie, such as the characters, plot and general story, are all inspired and even copied from the play itself. One such component is the characters Patrick Verona and his “the Taming of the Shrew” equivalent Petruchio. In the movie, Patrick takes the role of the outsider, a character who has no regard for his own reputation as shown by how he does things that are out of the ordinary, such when he “ate a live duck..minus the beak and feet” and explicitly said to Kate “i’m sure you have thought
The two stories that are being compared are, Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I hate about you. Taming of the shrew is a play written by William Shakespeare about a woman named Kathrin who knows as a shrew and gets tamed by a wealthy man that’s named Petruchio who try’s to tame “A shrew.” Then there’s ten things about you that is a remake of Taming of the Shrew, but it’s placed in a high school that’s in the 90’s and theses two girls are sisters, Kate and Bianca, what ever Kate does then Bianca can do it, and Kate is the “shrew.” The difference between the relationship of Kate and Petruchio in the play Taming of the Shrew and 10 things I hate about you is seen through Petruchio’s motivation to be with Katherine. This ultimately influences the way Katherine responds to him and is “tamed.”
There are many similarities along with differences between Shakespeare’s Taming of The Shrew and Gil Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You. The basis of Shakespeare’s play is still mainly transferable into the late 1990’s when the movie was released, along with almost 20 years after that into today’s culture. Although the basis of the play is still relatable, there are obviously a lot of points in Shakespeare’s original play that are not because of how society has changed and what is now seen as acceptable compared to Shakespeare’s time.
She is in her imaginary world and happy with her perfect Ger. But at last she is betrayed by Ger and she sees her true self after Ger’s betrayal. “Not Ger, not the one she’s made in her own image”(41) Kat suddenly realizes that she is never wishing Ger, the theoretically perfect man, but instead, a man named Gerald is what she has been truly wishing. It is obvious to see that Kat is a self-important person with gorgeous appearance, and also a weak, normal woman. She always thinks about to manage and control everything
In the short story ‘The Hairball’, Kat’s insecurity and loneliness makes Kat an arrogant and selfish individual by believing she is needed by everyone; also without her, nothing will be perfect. To begin, Kat has high expectations and is picky on what she likes. When Ger calls Hairball disgusting and demands Kat to throw it out, Kat narrates, “…she’d rather have Hairball in a bottle on her mantelpiece than the sloppy dead flower he’s brought her, which will anyway rot a lot sooner than Hairball will (31-32).” This shows the readers that Kat did not appreciate the flowers and obviously wanted something better in terms of “value,” also it shows how disrespectfully Kat comments about the flowers Ger bought her. Secondly, Kat changes Gerald by
he character ,“Kat”, in Margaret Atwood’s short story, “Hairball”, is unable to clearly see who she truly is due to the fact that she isn’t comfortable being herself. In the short story Kat alters her personality to create an ideal illusion , in order to cope with her reality. For example Kat states “What you also had to make them believe was that they could know this thing, this thing that would give them eminence and power and sexual allure ...” (34) this line symbolizes her beliefs on fitting in with the society around her, therefore proving that Kat altered her personality to fit in with the people around her. Secondly not only did Kat change herself, she changed Gerald into the man she thought she wanted.
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.
From Sexism to Social Reformation 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.
Ever wonder about gender roles in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew? In Taming of the Shrew, the gender roles affect the characters in a rather negative way, and when they surface in the play, it’s rather shocking. This essay will discuss how gender roles affect the characters in what I believe is a negative way, and how they surface in the play.