The Taming Of The Shrew Comparative Essay

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Through comparing the two works, many similarities and contrasts become apparent. Although both plots were the same, there still remains the fact that love and relationships were far different in the time of Shakespeare. While The Taming of The Shrew stresses masculine dominance, 10 things I hate about you focuses more on the female's ability to have control over the male. In The Taming of The Shrew, Katherine changes to suit the preference of Petruchio. In the movie, the character kat changes her negative attitude but at the same time, Patrick Verona meets her halfway in changing for her as well. While the relationship in The Taming of the Shrew is seemingly one sided, the relationship in 10 things I hate about you is genuine and the…show more content…
The increase in female freedom and independence impacts heavily on the portrayal of females in the film, resulting in a film that explores themes such as trust, the value of individuality and dating. The film strays away from its misogynistic basis (The Taming of the Shrew) and strives to entertain the audiences for which it is intended, 1990’s American teenagers, by portraying common problems they would be experiencing through another perspective. Shakespeare's early play looks like a nasty piece of work. Indeed, critics and academics have spent much of the past century denouncing it as barbarous, offensive and misogynistic. Gender inequality was prevalent, with brides (and females in general) being viewed as merely commodities, loyalty is presented as an essential quality for all “proper women” and male attitudes towards women are explored through the social repression of female characters performances emphasise the brutality of Kate and Petruchio's relationship Kate is starved of sleep, beaten, refused food." Too often, he argues, this abuse is played for laughs, when what should be being communicated is Kate's

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