Taming Of The Shrew By William Shakespeare And 10 Things I Hate About You By Gil Junger

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“Literature has documented the familiar yet profound transformation of sex roles associated with the process of societal modernisation” (Ronald Inglehart, Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around The World, 2003)

Detecting the intertextual relationship between Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and 10 Things I Hate About You by Gil Junger, has greatly enhanced and enriched my understanding of love and gender and it’s varying ideals throughout the centuries. Taming of the Shrew depicts the quintessential features of a 16th century marriage, whilst 10 Things I Hate About You, its 21st century counterpart, has been rebooted to match the modern cultural expectations and ideals of love, relationships and marriage. The texts represent the shifting nature of marriage, gender roles and parenthood: and how these aspects have been altered to fit the audience expectations of the times in which they were created.

A comparison of the female leads in the two texts , allows an audience to see that cultural and social expectations have shifted over the centuries: the roles and expectations of the genders have also adjusted to fit such ideals. The role of Katherine at the conclusion of Taming Of The Shrew reflects Elizabethan societies desirable attributes of married women - to serve her husband and submit to his power. Kate’s sonnet at the conclusion of the play embodies the patriarchal views and attitudes of the 16th century. During Kate’s closing sonnet she…
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