Taming Of The Shrew And 10 Things Analysis

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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. When comparing these two works, the time difference in which each was produced makes the largest impact. In the play the time takes place during the Elizabethan Age or the Renaissance Era. The clothes are very outdated to today 's modern fashion. In the Renaissance Era women dressed to “attract men” and especially unmarried women. Whilst…show more content…
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…show more content…
In the play, women are treated as property that is for sale. In the time of the play, fathers would pay off the men who chose to marry their daughters to help make their daughters more appealing or desirable. Petruchio in the play, abuses, starves, and breaks Katherine down to the point of submission. Which obviously makes this play hysterical and just an overall great rom-com. Or not. Katherine the main character, is labeled as a shrew by the whole town for the fact that she would rather speak her mind then be put down by others. Grade A comedy. If the roles were to be reversed and Katherine was the one to tame Petruchio this would no longer be a comedy of this era but a controversial portrayal of women being superior to men in a way. *Gasps* Who would do such a thing? Anyways, in the movie we see a glimmer of the same treatment but in a more lighthearted way. Kat Stratford is a hard- headed, independent feminist just like Katherine in the play. However, in the movie Kat is more aggressive towards the sexism yet generally more chill than Katherina in the play. Katherine was just angry at everything, if a chair looked at her wrong.. oh boy watch out but, Kat was more angry at men and the inequality of standards for women. Getting to the point, the movies treatment towards women comes off as the classic high school drama “boys rule, girls drool” type of vibe. Which is still not acceptable but more common and
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