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.

The style of language used in both texts is notably different. The Taming of the Shrew is written in 16th century English whilst 10 Things I Hate About You uses modern day colloquial language to match the targeted audience. The similarities in language between the two would be the intertextual reference to Shakespeare eg. When Cameron quotes “ I burn, I pine, I perish” along with little snippets of Shakespeare through out the film eg. Padua High School.

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The two stories have many similarities and differences some of which are minor and some of which are significantly major. Although today’s culture is considerably different to Shakespearean culture, paradigms such as social hierarchy, social expectations of women and the nature of the relationship between men and women still exist.

The social hierarchy in The Taming of the Shrew has Baptista and his two daughters occupying the role of an upper class family. Katherine in reality did not want anything to do with this role and her shrewishness results from her frustration concerning this position. She did not want to live ...

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