10 Things I Hate About You

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Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew, was written between the years 1590 and 1592. In 1967, Franco Zeffirelli directed the first movie adaption of the Shakespearean comedy. Three decades later, director Gil Junger assembled the second movie adaption of the play, the modernised version, called 10 Things I Hate About You. Today I will be speaking about how the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew was successfully adapted into the modern day teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You, whilst still being able to preserve key themes and values throughout the film, reflecting modern cultural assumptions, beliefs and attitudes. This was evident during The Taming of the Shrew when traditional themes and values of: courtship, money, social order and status, patriarchal values and finally transformation were adapted into the film 10 Things I …show more content…

For example, Kate and Kat were similar as they were both opinionated and intelligent individuals who lived by their own moralities and didn’t care what anyone else thought of them. Bianca in both texts is seen as the ‘object of desire' because of her submissive manner and attractiveness. As for the modernised characterisation in 10 Things I Hate about You, the production period was post third wave feminism; a period where a sudden realisation was discovered about which girl was preferable in a man’s eye. It reminded us that the shallow, attractive, ignorant girls are loved, while the independent girls with strong personalities are seen as irrational and bad-tempered beings. Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You and Kate in the Taming of the Shrew were often ridiculed for their headstrong manners, whereas, Patrick and Petruchio were admired for their ‘appropriate’ masculinity and their ability to tame the

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