Taming Of The Shrew And 10 Things I Hate About You Analysis

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‘What is Love, baby don’t hurt me, Baby don’t hurt me… no more’
Love is represented in many shapes and ideas based on social context as well as those caught within. William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as well as its adaptation 10 Things I Hate About You by Gil Junger, represent their respective ideas on love which shares its similarities and differences, both portraying love in their own forms. Both texts highlight the ideals of love in their context as well as one of the main courtships, Katharina and Petruchio, involved in love, portraying their values of love.
The transformation of love within context shapes Katharina’s personality in Taming of the Shrew. Kate’s transformation is submerged within a patriarchal context in this
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Kat at the start of this film is socially repellent. In her English class, she portrays her intelligence within the class which Joey replies with ‘As opposed to a bitter, self-righteous hag who has no friends?’ which all of his friends laugh and high five him. As you can tell, much like Hortensio and Gremio, this is another dehumanising statement and his friend’s reaction emphasises the male disgust towards Kat. Additionally, her own sister Bianca tells Cameron how she feels about Kat, describing her as a ‘hideous breed of loser… unsolved mystery…a bitch.’ All descriptions of her sister highlight she is hated by all of her peers and HER OWN SISTER, even though in this context female individuality is acceptable. However, at the end, Kat has evolved from who she was once. Kat has a speech which is a clear parallel to Katharina’s monologue. Kat states ‘I hate the way you talk… I hate it when you stare… I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry… I hate it that you’re not around… I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.’ The anaphoric repetition creates a cumulative listing effect emphasising each statement intensively in which it is reversed due to the double meaning in the last few lines, making the audience question whether she ‘hates’ that list. As well as that, when she says ‘cry’, there is a medium shot
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