10 Things I Hate About You/Taming of the Shrew Comparison

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10 Things I Hate About You/Taming of the Shrew Comparison

Both 10 Things I Hate About You and the play Taming of the Shrew have a lot in common. One of those things is the shared premise. What is premised from the beginning is that there is this woman that nobody really likes Katherine (the “Shrew”) in the movie or Katarina in the play. Then her father makes a rule that Kat must get a husband/date before Bianca, the younger and fairer of the two, can have a husband/date. So the guy that likes Bianca in both stories must find somebody to marry the “Shrew” so that he can have Bianca.

In the movie, many actors play roles based upon characters in the play by Shakespeare. Some examples of this, other than the ones above, are: Patrick (or ‘Pat’) playing the role of Petruccio, Walter (Kat and Bianca’s father) plays the role of Baptista, Cameron plays the role of Lucentio, and Joey plays the combined role of Hortensio and Gremio. The plot is essentially the same thing. In both of them there is a “Shrew” that gets tamed by a guy that is brought in so that someone else can have the “Shrew’s” sister.

The settings, however, are very different. The play takes in place in Italy back in Shakespeare’s times, but the movie takes place in the 1990s at a high school in Seattle, Washington. The language, clothing, and technology in the movie is much more modern than in the play. Another thing that is different is how the patriarchal society in the play (which can be seen with lines such as Petruchio’s, 'Women are made to bear, and so are you') changed into more of an equal society in the movie.

There are many references to Taming of the Shrew in the movie. For example, sometimes you will hear someone say a direct quote from the play such as when Cameron states, “I pine, I burn, I perish.” This is the same phrase Lucentio states in the play. Also in the play Lucentio wishes to wed Bianca but cannot until her older sister Katherine is married so he becomes...
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