William Shakespeare, a literary genius, compsed a famous piece of literature in the late 16th Century that has defied time and became a universal text, valued for more than four hundred years. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is a grand narrative – its themes transcend time, place, culture and context. Owing to the plays universal themes and timeless elements, the test has been skillfully and cleverly appropriated to be valued in various periods of time.
The film 10 things I hate about youm composed in 1999 by writers Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, Kiss Me Kate directed by Georfe Sydney and Shakespeare Retold – The taming of the Shrew directed by Davud Richard are just some examples of texts that were skillfully appropriated.
In the movie, many actors paly roles based ypon characters in the play by Shakespeare. Some examples of this are: Patrick (or ‘Pate;) playing the role of Petruchio. Walter (Kat and Bianca’s father) plays the role of Baptista, Cameron plays the role of Lucentio, and Joey plays the combined role of Hortensio and Gremio. The plot is essentially the same thing. In both of them the “Shrew” that gets tamed by a guy that is brought in so that someone else can have the “Shrew’s” Sister. Both 10 things I hate about you and the play Taming of the Shrew have a lot in common. One those things is the shared premise.
An examples is the plot parallel and differences between Kate’s transforamtion inWIllian Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Gil Junger’s 10 things I hate about you are drawn through the use of characterisation and the strong tones generated by the use of characterisation and the strong tones generated by Shakespeare’s language as wel as the visual imagery in 10 things I hate about you.
The settings, however are very different. The play takes place in Italy back in Shakespeare’s times, but the movie takes place in the 1990s at a high school in Seattle, Washington. Though they may be set in different time periods, the way the story is potrayed is very similar.
In the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”, there are a lot of similarities to “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare. For example, most of the similarities have to do with power relationships, courtship and dating, and sisters. The main characters in both the writing and movie have the same personalities. Bianca is played as the perfect innocent teenager and Kate is portrayed as a spiteful, bad tempered person. Also, their father is still very strict. As one would think, the themes between these two pieces are very alike as well.
The theme of many people wanting to all date the same person relates to both of these pieces. For example, in the movie the two boys are fighting over who gets Bianca, just like in Shakespeare’s writing. Both of the plots have the same general idea too. They are both about a younger sister forbidden to date/marry before the cruel older sister does so. Both stories have similarities and differences in plot, theme and characters. Bianca and Kate are sisters who face sibling rivalry between each other.
It is more apparent in the movie of “10 Things I Hate About You” that Kate is resentful towards Bianca for being favored by their father. It is obvious to her that Bianca is appreciated more than her. One of the most noticeable power relationships is between Batista and his daughters Kate and Bianca. This is because he makes it very clear that Bianca isn’t allowed to marry until Kate is married, but in the movie they are only allowed to date. Also, Bianca knows that her father compares her to Kate when he says that she is not allowed to date until Kate does first.
A different type of relationship shown in these stories is deception. The female ideas on courtship/dating in this movie is very different from in Shakespeare’s writing. For example, in the modern movie it is more common to date and isn’t so serious as in the writing of “The Taming of the Shrew” because they ordinarily get married young. Shakespeare made the writing of “The Taming of the Shrew” universal so that any audience can understand it and enabled it to be made into a modern film. Although there are many similarities there had to be different changes made so that the movie would appeal to people nowadays.
Something that was stressed more in the modern movie was the dishonesty and deception with who Kate was dating/marrying. In the movie, her date was paid to take her out and she eventually found out the truth and was very upset but in the story written by Shakespeare, she did not figure it out and lived happily ever after. It is more common for modern viewers to relate to the betrayal and it was expected more because of the circumstances. Overall, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “10 Things I Hate About You” are very similar and bring back an old tale with a modern twist that everyone can relate to.