Gil Junger has achieved humour, a modernised version of a Shakespearean script, and a way to relay a commentary on society to a mass audience in an entertaining and engaging manner. He achieved these things by appropriating the basic plotline, characters and themes of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and using these elements in 10 Things I Hate About You. Humour is achieved by using Shakespeare's original approach in Taming of the Shrew slapstick humour and crude sexual jokes. The modernisation of Taming of the Shrew is achieved in 10 Things I Hate About You by modifying the context of the play, moving it from seventeenth century Italy to late twentieth century American high school. The social commentary is achieved by taking the main themes of Taming of the Shrew and altering them slightly in 10 Things I Hate About You, such as paternal control over dating instead of the original concept of paternal control over marriage.
Humour is achieved in 10 Things I Hate About You by alluding to Shakespeare or directly quoting Taming of the Shrew, as well as slapstick and crude jokes. An example of an allusion to Shakespeare would be the names of the setting (Padua High School) and the characters (Kat and Bianca Stratford; Patrick Verona). This reference to Shakespeare serves as an inside joke shared Gil Junger and the audience, and allows the director to show the audience that 10 Things I Hate About You was not intended to be a serious adaptation of Taming of the Shrew. The slapstick comedy and sexual jokes still appear frequently throughout 10 Things I Hate About You, but comedy does not appear in the same form as Taming of the Shrew. Taming of the Shrew relies on punning, such as the knocking at the gate scene between Petruchio and Grumio, where Grumio misinterprets his master's command to knock at the gate and thinks that Petruchio is asking to be hit. However, in 10 Things I Hate About You, slapstick comedy comes in the form of gym teachers being shot with badly...
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