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Taming The Shrew Vs. Ten Things I Hate About You

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A Brief History William Shakespeare lived in an era that is now known as England's "˜Golden Age.' Under the leadership of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen, England began its dominance of world affairs and bringing European society out of the dark ages and into a new-enlightened era.Coming of age in the midst of all the political and religious controversy engulfing Europe, a young William Shakespeare began what was to become the greatest collection of plays, sonnets, and storys that has ever been written. The Taming of the Shrew was an early work, probably written between 1590 and 1594, and was a direct reflection of English life and customs at the time. During this time, marriages were not ...view middle of the document...

It ended up in a "marriage agreement" between the two of them.After the two got married she moved into his house where he took a different approach in taming her. He literally took her free will away. He didn't let her eat or drink anything, sleep, or go anywhere until she was under his full control. I'm not sure that was too much of a logical or ethical approach, but apparently it worked, because after that she was under his control in every aspect of the relationship. (Taming of the Shrew, 1965) Ten Things I Hate About YouTen Things I Hate About You is set in a modern day high school named Padua. Just like Taming of the Shrew, the sister's names are Bianca, who is one of the most popular girls in the school, and Kathrina, one of the most feared girls in high school. Again, there father set a house rule that said Bianca couldn't date unless her sister "Kat" did.Kat is senior in high school that is unimaginably bitter and cynical. She was, at one time in high school, very popular until she realized that being trendy and doing what everyone else did was highly overrated. After her dramatic transition, she became known for being sharp with violent words and doing her own thing that no one dared to question. Being the complete opposite, her sister Bianca, is a sophomore in high school and one of the most popular girls in her school. She, unlike her sister, goes along with the changing trends and likes to be adored by everyone.To summarize Ten Things I Hate About you, Kat found her perfect mate, a guy named Patrick who was a male version of her. Bianca also found someone named Cameron who adored her. In the end the girls, not surprisingly, lived happily ever after. ( Ten Things I hate About You, 1999) Comparison Ten Things I hate About You was very loosely based on Taming of the Shrew. The main plot of the movie followed the Shakespeare play, with the two sisters, one bitter, one popular, and the house rule the father made up. Other than that though, it was very different.First off, in Taming of the Shrew, Kathrina was a beast that loved nothing more than making everyone else's lives miserable, and she did not take anything from anyone. Kat, in Ten Things, was nowhere near as man-hating and violent as the other Kathrina was. Kat definitely didn't put up as much of a fight as Kathrina did. Patrick, in Ten Things I Hate About You, easily won Kat while Kathrina threw things and literally ran before she gave into Petrucio.Then there were minor differences, like the setting of the two plays. One in a small town, and the other in a big- city high school, but the setting didn't have any kind of effect on the movie/play. Also, the only names that were the same were the names of the two sisters.The movie had many similarities that tied it to the play. For instance, the whole plot of the movie was the same, as it should be, considering that it was supposed to be based on the play. The references to Shakespeare also tied the two together even more. Like the...

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