An adaptation of shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the shrew’, ’10 things I hate about you’ has a lot to live up to and it could be suggested that the makers had a responsibility to address some of the issues in a way that was appealing to 20th century teenagers. This is achieved throughout the film successfully.
There are many obvious connections between shakespeare’s work and the screen adaptation, for example; in ‘The taming of the shrew’ Bianca is not allowed to date boys until her sister, Catarina does. This was tradition of the time period, as Catarina was the eldest sister. Similarly, in ’10 things i hate about you’ Bianca cannot date until her sister Kat does. This was a rule strictly ...view middle of the document...
However, in ’10 things i hate about you’, Patrick willingly takes out Kat, at a price negotiated between Joey and himself. In both stories, Bianca gets the boy she wants, once her sister is coupled off and taken care of.
Feminism plays a strong role in both pieces of work, especially 10 things i hate about you. Kat is a strong, opinionated teen feminist, who although seems unable to be persuaded of her views and values, certainly contradicts herself over the course of the film.
[talking about the prom]
Kat: Can you even imagine? Who the
hell would go to that antiquated mating-ritual?
Mandella: I would, but I don't have a date.
Kat: Do you really wanna get all dressed up,
so some Drakkar Noir-wearing dexter with a
boner can feel you up while you're forced to listen
to a band that, by definition, blows?
Kats view of the prom is one that she holds strongly throughout the film, but confutes by attending with Patrick in the end. The character makes good use of irony by saying “Can you even imagine…” as she is sarcastically referring to the large majority of pupils following an outdated trend by attending prom. She makes it...