Comparison/Contrast of the Shrew and 10 Things

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Comparison/Contrast of the Shrew and 10 Things

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in the mid 1500’s. (“Biography of Shakespeare”) Due to the time period Shakespeare was from he wrote differently than people do today. Shakespeare’s English is known as “modern” English. In Shakespeare’s plays, he uses a different spelling and pronunciation then people from the 21st century are used to like “Y’are a baggage, the Slys are no rogues.” This sometimes makes it difficult for people today to grasp Shakespeare’s full concepts in his plays. To help with this authors have come up with footnotes and directors with movies that simply what Shakespeare was trying to get across in his plays. Modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays are often popular as in The Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You. In 1999, the movie 10 things I hate about you was released as a modernized version of The Taming of the Shrew. (Junger Gil) The modern day movie, 10 Things I Hate About You, has similar characters to the characters from The Taming of the Shrew. Katherine from Shakespeare’s play is Katerina in the movie. Their nicknames also resemble each other, Kate and Kat. Both Kate and Kat ares still the main character and the “shrews” that must be “tamed.” Although “shrew” is an uncommon word used in today’s society in the movie a character runs into Kat and says “just a minor encounter with the shrew,” using the exact word from Shakespeare’s play. Both characters, Kat and Kate, long to be loved and cover it up in their own ways. Petruchio is the “tamer” in the play but that name is uncommon today so the director of 10 Things I hate About You, changed Petruchio to a more common name, Patrick. Bianca the “shrew’s” sister remains with the same name and is still refrained from being in a relationship until her unwanted sister is.

Modern day movies often make references to older plays or poems. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. In the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, Kat and Bianca’s last name...

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