Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You

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William Shakespeare, a literary genius, composed a famous piece of literature in the late 16th Century that has defied time and became a universal text, valued for more than four hundred years. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is a grand narrative- its themes transcend time, place, culture and context. Owing to the plays universal themes and timeless elements, the text has been skilfully and cleverly appropriated to be valued in various periods of time. The film 10 Things I Hate About You, composed in 1999 by writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirstin Smith, Kiss Me Kate directed by George Sydney and Shakespeare Retold- The Taming of the Shrew directed by David Richard are just some examples of texts that were skilfully appropriated.

While the original text can be said to have greater textual integrity the essential themes and concerns remain unchanged through time, allowing the masterpiece to capture the attention of contemporary audiences. 10 Things I Hate About you reflects popular culture of the 20th Century. Materialistic things of value in American society such as cars, sex, money and education are all evident and portrayed in the movie. Modern American culture is associated with equality of the sexes; this leads us into the major themes of the texts and perhaps to the greatest differences between them. The focus shifts slightly to appeal to modern audiences and modern gender politics. The plot contains a vast array of slapstick humour, as did most farcical comedies composed in the 20th Century. The original taming of the shrew text was, without doubt, composed to entertain the often tempestuous Elizabethan audience, just as 10 Things was composed with the intention of entertaining a modern day audience. One feature of the two texts cultures that changed over time was the patriarchal society of the Elizabethan Era. The 16th century was male dominated and society deemed women inferior to men. This attitude can be seen in the play with...
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