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"No one can do it as well as Shakespeare" is a statement, that while containing obvious bias also holds a measure of truth.

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Disclaimer: While I have no control to the extent which you use this work, I ask you to RESPECT MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and NOT DIRECTLY COPY THIS ESSAY. Feel free to use aspects of it in your work or use it as a basis for any work you may need to do, but once again don't plagiarize my work! No one can do it as well as Shakespeare ... "No one can do it as well as Shakespeare" is a statement, that while containing obvious bias also holds a measure of truth. This truth is found in the plain and simple fact, that to this day there has never been another playwright that has held as much lasting influence as William Shakespeare. This can clearly be seen by the fact that his original ideas and plays are still frequently being rehashed in all forms of current-day media including film, television, fiction novels and modern plays. One such modern reinterpretation of a classic Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew, is the recent teen movie, '10 Things I Hate About You' (1999). While '10 Things I Hate About You' isn't a direct reproduction of 'The Taming of the Shrew' it still keeps some fundamental elements found in the original work but also contains many differences designed to help the production fit in better with a modern, teenage, audience. ...read more.


It is for this reason that while Kat still undergoes a change, it is one that is far more appropriate in this day and age. By the end of the film, she maintains her strong will and is still passionate about what she believes in, but instead she is somewhat 'softer', more open to romance and more accepting of others. Unlike in 'The Taming of the Shrew', Kat is not the only person that undergoes a notable character transformation. Bianca also changes throughout the movie as she gradually realizes there is more to life than shallow self-indulgence and 'looking' the best amongst a crowd of the ordinary. She gradually begins to realize this as she starts to fall in love with one of her two suitors, the nerdy Cameron, and realizes that her other, trendy, suitor, Joey, is really just an arrogant and manipulative pig, out to try and use her. With both Kat and Bianca's changes is personality, it is only natural that Mr. Stratford should change as well and by the films end he places more trust in his daughter's, accepting that they are both involved in romantic relationships and even makes a down-payment for Kat's further education at the Sarah Lawrence College, something he was opposed to at the beginning of the movie. ...read more.


This link was presented in the film by the different social groups at the high school and the way the 'cool' group acted superior towards and looked down upon the other 'nerdier' groups. In conclusion, the statement "No one can do it as well as Shakespeare" is true, but only to the extent that no others have ever been able to match his purely creative genius. However, this is not to say that a modern reproduction of a Shakespeare masterpiece cannot be as good, if not better, more relevant and entertaining than the original work. While purists may not agree with this remark, I believe it to be true and that the teen-movie '10 Things I Hate About You' is a perfect example of this. While the original work 'The Taming of the Shrew' has little value for an average 13-18 year old who will most likely not even follow the play unfolding before them, '10 Things' is specially designed to appeal to this demographic and is a thoroughly enjoyable production that young people can easily relate to. It is for this reason that I feel while on a creative level, 'no one can do it as well as Shakespeare', the original ideas and stories that he developed in the 17th century can still be used effectively as remakes and can be just as powerful or entertaining to an audience today as the original productions were to the Elizabethan audiences being captivated by them 400 odd years ago. ...read more.

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