Taming Of The Shrew And 10 Thing I Hate About You Essay

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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. Both the play and the film show a patriarchal society where women must be mild and obedient to men to be attractive. Shakespeare uses violent imagery when Kate talks to demonstrate her “Shrewish” behavior, seen in the quote “paint your face and use you like a fool”. Highlighting that in the Elizabethan society women were not attractive unless they were mild and gentle. Jung similarly…show more content…
In the process of taming Kate, Petruchio starves her, and trains her, as he uses metaphors to liken Kate to a “falcon”, suggesting that Kate is a trainable pet which he can groom into the perfect women. Shakespeare living in a patriarchal society uses Petruchio to tame Kate, however, Jung composed the movie after the second wave of feminism, uses Kat to tame herself. Kat’s self-examination is started as she conforms to the society and goes to the party hosted by “Bogey”. Pat then helps her throughout the process by helping her after she is drunk at the party. Therefore resulting in the usual grunge motif going away and Kat’s music becoming soft and peaceful showing her being happy and fitting into the society. The metamorphosis of Kate shows oppression by the patriarchal society, however in the feminist society Kat takes the challenge upon

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