Nineteen Things I Hate About You And The Taming Of The Shrew

1932 WordsOct 31, 20158 Pages
It is undeniable that that texts are polysemic makings, intertextual reproductions, and that many modern texts borrow from earlier texts. This can distinctly be seen in the comparison of the 1999 teen comedy film “Ten Things I Hate About You”, directed by Jil Gunger and its relative counterpart, Shakespeare’s play, “The Taming Of The Shrew”. The comparing and contrast of the two texts has given me a deeper understanding on issues of stereotypical gender roles, notions of love and marriage, and how society’s values and attitudes have changed over time. The film is a modern remaking of Shakespeare’s play, changing many aspects such as context and characterisation to present something its audience can relate to, something that is more relevant to today’s society. Unlike the play, “Ten Things I Hate About You”, promotes female control and independence, and highlights the societal change when it comes to feminist ideologies, but, at the same time, it still focuses on traditional views on relationships and dating. The modernisation of the film highlights the fact that unlike in the Elizabethan era, these days, like men, women are no longer restricted by those around them, and are free to take hold of their own lives. Thus, detecting these intertextual relationships between the two texts has enriched my cultural understandings of society. Issues of love, marriage and relationships are very much examined in both texts, the film focuses on dating, where as the play focuses on
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