He Taming of the Shrew and Ten Things I Hate About You Character Analysis

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A close analysis of the characters can reveal the attitudes and values of the two societies in which the texts, Shakespeare's play, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Junger’s film, 10 Things I Hate About You, were composed. An investigation of the Protagonists in each text, Katherina and Petruchio, and Kat and Patrick allows an insight into the attitudes and values of the societies in which each text was set. Through the character of Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare demonstrates the patriarchal values of society and the dominance of men in the Elizabethan Era. We see that wealth is valued in society which is Petruchio’s main motive to wive. Repetition and high modality is used to show Petruchio is only interested in money, “I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua.” Petruchio also reveals that social status is highly valued in society, we see this when Petruchio explains to Hortensio that his father is deceased and he must restore his status, “Such wind as scatters young men through the world to seek their fortunes farther than at home… Antonio my father is deceased... happily to wive and thrive as best I may.” We also see the value of a man’s authority when Petruchio attempts to woo Kate. High modality and imperative, “I must and will have Katherine to be my wife,” is used to show Petruchio’s higher authority over Katherina. At the end of the play, Petruchio is portrayed as a hero for taming Kate, “Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so,” which illustrates a male dominated society. Through a close analysis of the character Petruchio, we learn the patriarchal values of society and the dominance of men in the Elizabethan Era. In 10 Things I Hate About You, Patrick’s character reveals that popularity, status and wealth are valued in society. Patrick at the beginning of the film is portrayed as a scary character. In science class, we see Patrick act in a way different to the norms of society, “Patrick pulls...
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