The adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of The Shrew" into modern film "10 Things I Hate About You"

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"Is 10 things I hate about you an effective transformation which enriches the original text"In The Taming of the Shrew, there is a strong undercurrent of issues such as roles of women in society, appearance versus reality and the love of wealth which men have. Shakespeare portrays lively characters to depict these universal concepts and thus critiques the social conventions of patriarchal society. Gil Jugner has adapted 10 Things I Hate about You to further enrich and effectively transform the themes of which Shakespeare explored, although from a different approach as the context is updated to a more modern perspective helping the audience to relate and understand the concepts.

Shakespeare portrays the role of women within The Taming of the Shrew in a stereotypical manner, describing the consensus to be of a submissive nature where they would be obedient and respectful to their masters. Katherina is described with metaphorical language as "Kate the curst", highlighting the fact that because she is outspoke she is ostracized from society and looked down upon by men because she does not consent to the expected roles of females in society.

This is further emphasized by the metaphor, "a fool to be married to hell", where Gremio likens Katherina to 'hell' and speaks of how no man is willing to marry her because she is troublesome and of a froward nature, contradictory to the role of women in society. Katherina's obvious mistreatment is further heightened when Petruchio says "when you are gentle you shall have one", using the pun of the word gentlewoman, forcing Katherina to either conform to the accepted roles of women in society or not be entitled to receiving gifts. This clearly indicates the disadvantage which Katherina had suffered as a result of her not complying to expected social roles of...