Taming of the Shrew and 10 Things I Hate About You

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Cotemporary adaptations of Shakespearean plays either cheaply replace ancient conventions with modern ones or blend both into an almost seamless package. I would not go as far to say that 10 Things I Hate About You is seamless, but in a clichéd “teen-movie style” you could not have asked for something better. Regardless, there are key similarities and differences that are intriguing. 10 Things I Hate About You has some fairly obvious similarities with Taming of the Shrew. Most notably, the main characters have similar or identical names, such as Katherine, Bianca, and Petruccio who is Patrick. These characters are not only similar in name alone, but they fall into their expected roles like pieces of a puzzle. The plots deal with the same major issues. The whole premise of the desirable Bianca not being able to have a relationship until her tempestuous older sister Katherine finds a man is consistent in both versions of the story. The men concoct a scheme and get someone to pretend to be attracted to Katherine so that they can have a chance with Bianca. The plot concludes by Katherine being tamed into the submission of a relationship. Another similarity is that Petruccio is paid to marry Katherine, where in the modern version; Patrick is also paid to go out with Katherine. In the end, Patrick and Petruccio tame Katherine because she is now willing to be with a man. Between these stories, there are a few differences. Due to the almost identical plots, the themes remain fairly intact. The theme of disguise is one theme that is a bit skewed in the modern story. Shakespeare loves adding an almost deceptive quality to his characters, so we see disguise used in a lot of his plays. Taming of the Shrew uses the theme in a much bolder way because it was acceptable in the 16th century to see this in a play. The disguises are not played up as much in 10 Things I Hate About You, but they are present, like when Cameron claims to know French well enough to be a competent...
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