10 Things I Hate About You Essay

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10 Things I Hate About You is a romantic comedy, revolving around Walter, a wealthy suburban father/obstetrician who doesn’t want his youngest daughter to date, unless his oldest, less socially gifted daughter dates as well. It is written with the same plot line as the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew. There're many similarities, especially in characters, but there’s also some key differences. The Taming of the Shrew is written around Baptista’s daughters getting married. His youngest, Bianca faces no problems finding a suitable mate, however, Baptista demands that his eldest daughter Katherine gets married first. Katherine runs perpendicular to Bianca in that Katherine is a shrew; presenting the problem of the story. Lucentio…show more content…
First, they have very similar names; where Katherine is represented by Katarina (aka Kat), Patrick (aka Pat) represents Petruchio, Cameron who mirrors Lucentio/Cambio and Katherine’s sister Bianca carries her name over and still goes by Bianca. These characters also play a very similar role throughout the movie. There’s also other characters like Joey who is actually Hortensio. All of these characters have similarities to each other but also some significant differences. Katarina is much more of a punk rocker; something that wouldn’t translate well to Elizabethan times. Cameron is obviously only a single person in 10 Things, but he is still the cool, calm and collected ‘leader of the pack’ type that he is in the book. Hortensio is much more honest and kind hearted than Joey; who wants Bianca just for the thrill of the hunt and doesn’t actually have feelings for her. A lot of characters from 10 Things are just modern caricatures that are changed to be more related, like how Joey is the relatable arch type of the high school jerk. Overall, both plots are very similar; they feature men lusting after women, sometimes for love, and others for money. Both Fathers have a preference for their younger daughter Bianca, and both fathers of the story are wealthy, and this status likely plays a role in their treatment of their daughters. They feature men paying other men in order to ‘get the girl’, and also a character development resembling a taming
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