Taming of the Shrew & Ten Things I Hate About You
Several hundred years separate ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and 10 Things I Hate About You, are women represented any differently in today’s society? (M) Hello there, and welcome to S.A.S. otherwise known as the Shakespeare Appreciation Society. My name’s Mandella and we’re here live at Hathaway’s Theatre. Today we’re going to look at the differences between good ol’ will’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ and its movie adaptation ’10 Things I Hate About You’ and to help us understand the difference between the portrayal of woman in Shakespeare’s time and now, we’ve invited Julia Stiles to come and have a chat. Yes, ladies and gentleman, our very own Katarina Stratford from the movie ’10 Things I Hate About You.’ Welcome Julia, it’s so nice to have you in the theatre with us today! (J) Thanks so much for having me! I love your show and I’m so glad to be here. (M) Well, that’s nice of you to say. Now, onto business – Julia, you play Kat in the movie; what is it like to act like that – I mean, she’s not your stereotypical girl is she? And she doesn’t let Patrick walk all over her. How different is it to play someone like that in comparison to a character like Bianca? (J) It’s certainly a breath of fresh air, to be able to play someone who is rebellious and stubborn, she’s not sorry for who she is and she doesn’t try to be. Kat is more aligned with the audience in this way, she can see how ridiculous the other girls will act in order to get the boys attention, she knows how far she herself went to get Joey’s. I don’t believe Kat was absolutely removed from that, she still behaves like a typical teenage girl when she becomes interested in Patrick, at least subtly – her clothes become less ‘rambo’-esque and she suddenly turns from this isolated, sullen, non-conformist teenager in to someonewho wants to go to prom, who wants to have a boyfriend and ultimately, at the end of the movie we see her crying – something that the ‘Old’ Kat wouldn’t have done; show her weaknesses or reveal anything that would be seen as a ‘girly’ characteristic.
Taming of the Shrew:
- High school hierarchy of Padua High.
- Even though the AV Geeks have somewhere to fit in (illustrating that everyone has some group that they belong to) Kat doesn’t have a group. - Having all the little groups with their idiosyncrasies creates humour e.g. the white Rastafarians, who are white but speak with Jamaican accents. - Some males represented in the film, like Joey Donner behave and treat women as their own object, only using them for their own possession and to gain popularity and status “Money I’ve got, this I’ll do for fun.” - Joey views Bianca as compliant and as a ‘trophy’ – the prize. - When Cameron sees Bianca, he quotes Lucentio in taming of the shrew “I burn, I pine, I perish.” This emphasises the superficial value placed on love. - “I like my skechers but I LOVE my prada handbag” is a symbol of Bianca’s superficiality, her floral dress is both a symbol of purity, youth and femininity but also of provocative meanings because of the cut of the dress.
- We see her transforming from her more sullen, isolated, non-conformist, emotionally restrictive, stubborn teenager to a more feminine side of her – expresses more feelings emotionally wise, she reveals her feelings, in the beginning through anger in the speech – starts crying (emotional release). - Expressing these true feelings, emotional release – crying. - Represents how Patrick has ‘broken’ her, like in the taming of the shrew. - Links with Kate’s last speech in taming of the shrew, shows her transformation that Petruchio has tamed her like Kat has been ‘tamed’ by Patrick --> made her get in touch with her feelings, impacted on her. - A turning point for Kat,
- Close up shots of her and Patrick – 2 main characters – identifying their emotions. - Dramatic finish by running out of the room.
- Close up on Patrick – look on his...
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