Taming of the Shrew

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Taming of the Shrew and 10 things I hate about you

Taming of the Shrew is a famous play written by William Shakespeare. In the modern day version, 10 things I hate about you, Gil Junger explores the relationship between men and women. Junger has taken Shakespeare’s ideas of favouritism, how looks can be deceptive and a person’s basis for a relationship and has put them into an up to date teenage friendly format. The relationship between fathers and daughters is often quite difficult. In Taming of the Shrew Baptista often shows favouritism towards Bianca. In act 2 scene 1 where Bianca and Katherina are fighting, Baptista comes in and stands up for Bianca and says to Katherina “Why doust thou wrong that did ne’er wrong thee”. Katherina can see that her father treasures Bianca more than her. She replies to him “She is your treasure, she must have a husband, i must dance bare foot on her wedding day”. Junger has used this same theme of favouritism in 10 things I hate about you. Early in the film, when Walter has a discussion with the two girls we can see that he treats the girls differently. When he greets Kat he says “Hello Katarina make anyone cry today”, whereas when he greets Bianca he says to her “Hello precious”. Junger has soften this theme of favouritism later in the film when he becomes protective over the girls and at the end of the film showing his approval by allowing Kat go to college. The relationship between Bianca and Lucentio shows that people are not easily intepretated. Throughout the play Bianca is a sweet, quiet, pretty girl. Occasionally there are glimpses that make the audience think that Bianca is not as good as she seems. This can be seen in Act 2 scene 1, where she taunts Katherina saying “Is it for him you do envy me so?” and when she speaks to Lucentio and Hortensio “I’ll not be tied to hours nor pointed times but will learn my lessons as I please myself”. At the end of the play, Bianca’s true personality is viewed when...
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