10 Things vs Taming of the Shrew

English Essay- Taming of the Shrew and 10 things I hate about you

A text is highly influenced by the context in which it was created in term of ideas and design. This is evident in Franco Zeffirelli’s, 1967 version of Taming of the Shrew, (tightly based on Shakespeare’s original play), and Gil Jungars 10 things I hate about you. These films visually depict the themes, characters, language and plot, which have been modified or changed for a western audience.

The context of Shakespeare’s play and Jungars film has greatly been influenced by the periods they were written in. The essences of the Renaissance period is evident in the play ‘The taming of the shrew’ which has then been carried into the Shakespearian screen version. The Renaissance period had a heavy influence on perception that marriage was a religious, economic and practical necessity that didn’t need to be based on love. It was also due to Henry 8th separation that the faults in the marriage system began to show, however women were still perceived to be doomed if unwed by a certain age. Whereas Jungars 10 things is influenced by the period of feminism.

The character of Kate has been modified from the original text. Kate in Taming of shrew is shown as unattractive and aggressive. She has a razor sharp tongue where fowl words come out, which is demonstrated by the dialogue, “If I be waspish best beware by sting”. This metaphor compares her to having the characteristics of an animal. She doesn’t fit in to society because of her unconventional actions of the 16th century. In Taming of the Shrew Kates appearance is shown as messy, like her long black messy hair. Her clothes insist of dark Elizabethan dresses, rather than simple long pants and a shirt. Kat in 10 things has some quite similar characteristics with Kate in taming of the shrew. She is unapproachable by people at her high school because of her actions. Kat wears dark and simple clothing like long pants and shirt rather than dresses or...