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Taming Of The Shrew Vs. 10 Things I Hate About You

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The Taming of the Shrew vs. 10 Things
The relationship between man and woman is a theme that is forever present in movies, literature, and plays. Over time, movies can portray this in similar and slightly different ways. The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You are two examples of this. They both have similarities and differences in characters, settings, and dialogue.

In 1967, Franco Zeffirelli directed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew. This movie was set in Italy in the Elizabethan era. The movie is about a woman named Katherina who is forced by her father to marry a man named Petruchio. Katherina has a younger sister named Bianca who we see occasionally on the side, waiting for her sister to be married so that she can, in turn, marry if she is asked. No one wants to marry Katherina because she throws things, runs around yanking her sister by the hair, is quarrelsome and screams at ...view middle of the document...

She in turn teaches her newly married younger sister, Bianca, that you are to love, honor, and obey your husband no matter what.
Thirty-two years later, Gil Junger directed a similar movie called 10 Things I Hate About You. This movie takes place in the late 90’s at Padua High School. Unlike The Taming of the Shrew this movie does not focus entirely on Kat, it also shows the struggles that Bianca has as well. It’s about Cameron, a transfer student who wants to date Bianca, but in order to do that her sister Kat has to date first. Cameron pays Patrick to date Kat without her knowing. Bianca can’t decide between Cameron and Joey to date. After speaking with Kat, Bianca decides that Joey is no good for her. Patrick starts to fall for Kat after a few dates and tries to get out of his deal, but gets offered more money to take Kat to the Prom. Kat agrees to go to the prom where she discovers the ploy and breaks it off with Patrick. Kat comes clean in a sonnet that she wrote that states that she really is not mad at Patrick, she is just very hurt. Patrick says he is sorry and buys Kat a guitar with the money he got paid to take her out and he and Kat get back together.

Katherina and Kat are alike in some ways and different in others. Katherina was more violent whereas Kat really wasn’t violent, she didn’t throw things and run around pulling her sisters hair. They both were very rude to people and really didn’t care what others thought about them. Petruchio is nothing like Patrick other than they both wanted money. Patrick did not force Kat to date him whereas Petruchio did and he treated Katherina rather badly throught the whole movie and Patrick did not treat Kat badly at all. Bianca was pretty much the same in both movies, flirtatious, self-absorbed, and spoiled. However, you really got to see the full story of Bianca’s struggles in 10 Things I Hate About You.

In conclusion, these two movies presented the relationship between a man and woman in two different perspectives. The perspective of a man who believes a woman should love, honor and obey thy husband no matter what, and the perspective of a woman who feels that she does not need to rise to the occasions of others to find love.

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