Shakespeare and 10 Things I Hate

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The film 10 Things I Hate About You is a successful adaption of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Although the themes, plots and characters in each text are very similar the modern adaption of The Shrew is appealing to a modern audience because of the changes the director has made. The film targets a teenage audience therefore the language the characters use is modernised. For example, Bianca and Kat speak to each other in a colloquial, aggressive style. At the beginning of the film Bianca asks Kat Where do you come from, Planet Loser? And Kats reply is as opposed to Planet look at me, look at me? Teenagers viewing the film are able to relate to the characters because they speak in the same manner. One difference of the film 10 things which works well is the change in the setting from the ancient city of Padua to an American high school which looks surprisingly close to a Roman building. In the opening scene of 10 things references to the Shakespearian play are used immediately to identify that Kat is aggressive and when she is shown sitting in the car by herself, it creates a strong sense of isolation and loneliness in her life making her act the way she does towards people with her attitude. The similarities between Kat in the film and Kate in the Shakespeare play are evident through their behaviour even though they are presented differently to each other. The theme of gender inequality and domestication is explored in both texts although in 10 Things Patrick tames Kat by being nice to her because a modern audience would not accept Patrick neglecting or treating Kat aggressively. Both texts have a positive outcome the film maker has changed the plot to suit a modern audience. In the play Taming of the Shrew the characters only use dialogue to convey the films message. In 10 Things I hate about you however the music soundtrack and inclusion of relevant songs during the action adds meaning and interest for a teenage audience. A major difference within a...
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