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How does each composer's use of this story reflect the time in which each was composed?

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How does each composer's use of this story reflect the time in which each was composed? The story of The Taming of the Shrew is one that raises important issues both in the Shakespearean text and in the modern appropriation 10 Things I Hate About You. In both composers' use of the story, it can be seen how it reflects the time in which each was composed. In Shakespeare's time, people would go to the theatre for entertainment whereas nowadays, in a society where popular culture dominates, in order to appeal to a wider audience, The Taming of the Shrew originally an onstage play has been appropriated into the teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You. This is because when Shakespeare wrote his play the only form of entertainment to a live audience was through theatre, while 10 Things I Hate About You was composed in the 21st century when theatre was not as popular as back then. This is due to the fact society's interests and values have altered and as people often go to the cinema for escapism, The Taming of the Shrew had to be appropriated into a romantic comedy to accommodate for the audience's needs. Hence, the plot, language and social values too were changed to appeal and relate more to the modern audience. ...read more.

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One who is the popular and feminine and the other the independent, outspoken "shrew". Like in The Taming of the Shrew, Bianca embodies the typical female, feminine archetype while Kat does not. Instead, Kat is independent, anti social and like Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew she is outspoken saying what she thinks. Both Katherine and Kat from the two texts possess individuality. However, society did not accept Katherine's individuality in The Taming of the Shrew and she was eventually made to conform. While although there is a certain extent to which we value individuality, Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You was not forced, beaten, physically, psychologically or emotionally abused into transforming. Costumes changes in both reflect the development in characters. The ridiculous outfit Petruchio wears to his wedding with Kate symbolizes his control over her. Simply by wearing the costume, he is able to humiliate her in front of everyone. In 10 Things I Hate About You we see Kat in her Rambo look most of the time until the scene at the nightclub where we see her for the first time in a skirt. This gives us the sense that this may actually be the real Kat and that the "Rambo look" is a disguise to cover up who she really is. ...read more.

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He has set rules in the house and does not seem to play favourites. He has a closer relationship with his daughters as he tells the girls that he is not trying to rule their lives but that he wants to be part of it and that they are old enough to make their own decisions and he is merely a spectator. This shows that in today's society even though children respect their father and obey them, the father in return respects his children and lets them make their own decisions. Lastly, another factor that varies in the two texts is education. The Taming of the Shrew is set in the centre of a learning town whereas in 10 Things I Hate About You it is set in a stereotypical high school in Seattle. In 10 Things I Hate About You we don't see much learning going on in the classrooms which suggest that in this day and age education is undermined and that school isn't for learning but rather for socialising. The fact that Kat wants to go to college and further enhance her education shows that our values have changed and society respects women for who they are. In conclusion, the paradigms raised in The Taming of the Shrew have been appropriated to fit into the modern day film 10 Things I Hate About You. Both composers' use of different techniques in style, language and medium reflect the values of the culture in which it was composed. Word Count - 1423 1 ...read more.

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