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These ideas can be contrasted and compared between the 1500 Elizabethan time of Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of the Shrew' and the present contemporary period of teenage movie '10 Thing I Hate About You'.

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'The Power of Love' is portrayed in various themes throughout both. Some of which depict superficial love, motivation by money and love-at-first-sight. These ideas can be contrasted and compared between the 1500 Elizabethan time of Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of the Shrew' and the present contemporary period of teenage movie '10 Thing I Hate About You'. The motif of motivation by money in love is a frequently suggested theme in both texts: - 'Taming of the Shrew' and '10 Things I Hate About You'. In 'The Taming of the Shrew' Petruchio is motivated by dowry money that he would receive if he married the shrewd and foul-tongued Katherina. Petruchio:'I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; if wealthily then happily in Padua.' Petruchio explains that the only way to a happy lifestyle is to marry a wealthy wife in Padua. His theory is that money will make him happy, although in contemporary society that hypothesis has been challenged. Gremio: 'You shall have me assisting you in all. But will you woo1 this wildcat?' Petruchio: Will I live?...Think you a little din can daunt mine ears? Have I not in my time heard lions roar? Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds...and heavens artillery thunder in the skies?...And you do tell me of a woman's tongue, that gives not half so great a blow to heard.' Petruchio boasts taming Katherina will not be difficult as he has experienced far worse in his life than just the scolding tongue of a woman. ...read more.

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As opposed to Katherina in 'The Taming of the Shrew', who accepted to dowry money as a 'norm'. This can highlight the differences in values, beliefs and attitudes between the 1500 Elizabethan period where dowries were considered acceptable and 'normal' and the present contemporary time where being paid to court someone is not seen as socially or morally acceptable. Motivation by money is one of the themes used to represent 'the power of love'. Another important theme mentioned heavily in both texts is 'superficial love'. 'Superficial love' is love that is not genuine and exists even though the person may not realize the love interest's personality traits. In 'The Taming of the Shrew' Hortensio and Gremio are strong examples of superficial love. Both men desire to marry Bianca because they want a trophy wife, and do not even know Bianca's true personality. This can be conveyed by Gremio and Hortensio's quotes:- Hortensio:' Tarry Petruchio, I must go with thee, for in Baptista's keep my treasure is. He hath the jewel of my life in hold, his youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca.' Hortensio describes Bianca as his jewel which can also be related to a trophy and hails Bianca's beauty without noting any of her personality attributes. Gremio: 'Baptista, to your youngest daughter - now is the day we long have looked for. I am your neighbour, and was suitor first.' Tranio: 'And I am the one that loves Bianca more...' ...read more.

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The expression on his face indicates that he was transfixed and mesmerized by her presence. He also makes a quote that is taken from 'The Taming of the Shrew', 'I burn, I pine, I perish.' This also hints an allusion from the 'The Taming of the Shrew' to '10 Things I Hate About You' This quote has been taken from The Shakespearean text as it highlights the similarities between the two texts relating to the concept of 'love at fist sight'. Cameron also makes positive comments about her innocence and beauty, offering relation to angelic qualities much like the words of Lucentio in 'Taming of the Shrew'. The film techniques of the scenes with Cameron admiring Bianca also contribute to his thoughts and feelings about her. When the camera is shot at her she is depicted walking slowly and sweetly, like and angel, while Cameron watches on in amazement. Similar to 'The Taming of the Shrew' Bianca also falls in love with Cameron and they attend the Prom together, which is the contemporary equivalent to the wedding of Lucentio and Bianca in 'The Taming of the Shrew' All of the themes, 'motivation by money', 'superficial love' and 'love at first sight' are depicted strongly in both texts, the 1500 Elizabethan period of 'The Taming of the Shrew' and the modern contemporary time of '10 Things I Hate About You'. All these themes can be used to portray 'The Power of Love' and highlights the changes and continuities that have occurred over time. 1 Try to win a woman's hand in marriage; court ?? ?? ?? ?? Linda Soo (c)2003 ...read more.

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