Title – 10 Things I Hate About You
Date – 27th October 2011
Question: Describe an interesting idea in the text.
Throughout the visual text of 10 Things I Hate About You, Gil Junger (the director/author) applies emphasis regarding strive for individuality. This is portrayed via the main character’s (Kat) actions, particularly her determination to do completely the unordinary, yet that goal is not “her”. Kat strongly strives for somewhere that she believes is where she belongs, although as a matter of fact she attempts too hard at this image of individuality in search for herself, as a result she ends up becoming something that isn’t her true personality of which she is comfortable with. This moral is portrayed throughout the entire film through experiences that Kat faces, particularly through her relationship with Patrick, a person that brings out her “inner being”.
At the beginning of the visual text, Kat is displayed as a rebellious girl in comparison to the very vibrant group of females alongside her on the road; this is Kat in her fabricated personality based on “being one out of the crowd”. While this set of energetic and blatantly happy group of girls are listening to feel-good music, Kat is listening to music with the lyrics containing “I don’t give a damn about my reputation”. Certain indications are made that Kat is certainly not distinctly close to the other girls beside her, hence the opposition in contrast/lighting (shadows and black clothes), music and physical expressions, particularly her smile that emits a negative feeling. These effects display Kat’s individuality in comparison to what is considered the norm in terms of her high school.
Personally, I believe that this is certainly a wrong way of going about being your true self – in the end; she has ended up creating a fabrication of her personality and had tried to shape it into something that she isn’t. The correct way (in my opinion) to go about this would be living life how Kat...
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