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The Adaptation Of Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew" Into Modern Film "10 Things I Hate About You"

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"Is 10 things I hate about you an effective transformation which enriches the original text"In The Taming of the Shrew, there is a strong undercurrent of issues such as roles of women in society, appearance versus reality and the love of wealth which men have. Shakespeare portrays lively characters to depict these universal concepts and thus critiques the social conventions of patriarchal society. Gil Jugner has adapted 10 Things I Hate about You to further enrich and effectively transform the themes of which Shakespeare explored, although from a different approach as the context is updated to a more modern perspective helping the audience to relate and understand the concepts.Shakespeare portrays the role of women within The Taming of the Shrew in a stereotypical manner, describing the consensus to be of a submissive nature where they would be obedient and respectful to their masters. Katherina is described with metaphorical language as "Kate the curst", highlighting the fact that because she is outspoke she is ostracized from society and looked down upon by men because she does not consent to the expected roles of females in society. This is further emphasized by the metaphor, "a fool to be married to hell", where Gremio likens Katherina to 'hell' and speaks of how no man is willing to marry her because she is troublesome and of a froward nature, contradictory to the role of women in society. Katherina's obvious mistreatment is further heightened when Petruchio says "when you are gentle you shall have one", using the pun of the word gentlewoman, forcing Katherina to either conform to the accepted roles of women in society or not be entitled to receiving gifts. This clearly indicates the disadvantage which Katherina had suffered as a result of her not complying to expected social roles of women. Shakespeare then delivers the message that women who were not socially accepted would not have the chance to be married when Hortensio says, "I would not wed her for a gold mine". The hyperbole further emphasizes the cruel fact that just because she does not conform to the socially accepted role of women, she would not be able to marry. Through clear examples of the shunning of outspoken women in the play, Shakespeare clearly outlines the conventional roles of women in society where a woman's identity relied heavily on their husbands and their and opinions and thoughts were not expected to be heard.Within "10 things I Hate about You" the stereotypical view of women has been updated and transformed from The Taming of the Shrew, shifting the roles of women into one of more independence. The role of women in society has been changed so that women are characterized as forming relationships of a romantic nature with men and also depicted as being interested in going to parties and chasing materialistic possessions. Similarly to The Taming of the Shrew, in 10 Things I Hate about You, Kate is shunned from society and is considered a social disaster, being...

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