William Shakespeare 's The Taming Of The Shrew

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William Shakespeare 's ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ is a controversial comedy that has more than 1 interpretation. The 2 prominent interpretations is that it a misogynistic play or that it is a love story about a man liberating a woman. This play has been adapted into any movies the 2 that were studied were ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, produced in 1967 and ‘10 Things I Hate About You’, made in 1999. Upon viewing these 2 movies I found that ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ had a great deal of misogyny throughout the plot. However, I found ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ was portrayed as a love story and because of this I thought I was, until I thought about the fact that someone was paid to take her out was a nasty thing to do. So as a result of this I thought it was a love story with a hint of misogyny.

The 1967 movie ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ followed most of the script by William Shakespeare, having used the traditional language and costuming of the Elizabethan era. The play is about a shrew that is essentially trained to obey her husband. The plot is as follows; Baptista, a father of 2 daughters, will not allow his youngest daughter, Bianca, who has 2 suitors, to marry until her older sister Kate marries. However, Kate is considered a shrew and will accept no man as a husband. Nonetheless one of Bianca’s suitors persuades a ‘bruet’, Petruchio, who only seeks wealth, to marry Kate as her father owns a considerable sum of wealth and will be passed on once he dies. Once Kate is forced…
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