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Composers often use different methods to portray similar ideas to their audience. How have the two texts you have studied reflect the same ideas in different ways? Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Jill Junge's 10 Things I Hate about You.

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English Transformation Practice Essay Composers often use different methods to portray similar ideas to their audience. How have the two texts you have studied reflect the same ideas in different ways? Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Jill Junge's 10 Things I Hate about You are examples of where composers have used different methods to portray similar ideas to their audience. This essay will compare the three common themes the texts share, including marriage and dating, deception and disguise and the role and hierarchy of women in society. By comparing the dramatic and film techniques used in each of these respective texts, the common themes are expressed in their individual ways which ultimately are able to engage their audiences. Traditionally, economics and financial gain have been the more important aspect in relationships, especially marriage, as opposed to love. The marriage and dating customs of society have remained relatively similar overtime. In Taming of the Shrew, the audience is given an exclusive view into what marriage meant to society and individuals of the Elizabethan period. William Shakespeare conveyed how marriage as a financial gain was specifically applied to peoples during his era in Taming of the Shrew, where in Act 1 Scene 2, Petruchio and his servant Grumio visit Hortensio's house. Petruchio boldly announces his quest to wed a rich wife. "...I come to wive it wealthily in Padua, if wealthily then happily in Padua." ...read more.


Deception and disguise in the two set texts involves harmlessly deceiving one, or multitudes of people by impersonating someone, or good at something they're in actual fact not, the result of which is gaining something in personal value. Shakespeare expresses his interpretation of deception and disguise through Act I Scene II where upon arrival in Padua Lucentio and Tranio swap identities with each other as part of the plan to capture Bianca's heart. Tranio assures "...when I am alone, why then I am Tranio, but in all places else, your master Lucentio." Master and servant are well disguised as someone they're not, and the chess pieces are set. Furthermore, Baptista, Bianca, Petruchio and the others of the story are deceived by the role swapping of Lucentio and Tranio. Again, the use of dramatic irony further increases the 'masquerade' atmosphere developing in this scene, thus supporting the theme of deception and disguise, for masquerades often involve not knowing the identity of anyone as their face is so effectively shielded with masks. Shakespeare cleverly inserts the concept of deception and disguise within his play that it becomes an important and crucial element to the plot, and when compared back to 10 Things I Hate about You, deception and disguise is another important and crucial element to the plot. Cameron's disguise and deception as an adequate French tutor as a desperate attempt to attract the attention of Bianca in 10 Things I hate About you is an example of where deception and disguise becomes a key theme in the story. ...read more.


Although Kat lives in a modern high school world where the role of women in society isn't challenged as significantly and her role in her relationship with Patrick isn't specifically relevant, Jill Junge also tries and recreates the similar idea of a 'shrew being tamed down'. At the end, Kat offers to come to the front of her class, and read out her poetry assignment. "...but mostly I hate the way I don't hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all". This simple statement gives such a deep insight into Kat's personality, and the audience learns that though she may maintain a violent, livid and ill-tempered fa�ade on the outside, inside, she is still very much a human being capable of feeling complex emotions. During this scene, the camera gradually zooms closer into her face, so that the anguish and hurt she expresses is conveyed very directly, her tears and facial expressions not omissible. In conclusion, through comparison of dramatic and film techniques alike used for the three common themes evident in the two set texts of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Junge's 10 Things I Hate About You, marriage and dating, deception and disguise and the role of women in society/relationships, the composers have been able to convey similar ideas through different methods. Bethany Lee ...read more.

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