Is Junger's film 'Ten Things I hate About You' an unsuccessful transformation of Shakespeare's play 'The Taming of The Shrew'?

Essay by zomgliekwtfJunior High, 8th gradeA, June 2008

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Junger’s film ‘Ten Things I hate About You’ is indeed an unsuccessful transformation of Shakespeare’s play ‘The Taming of The Shrew’ mainly because it has lost much of the adapted text.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines successful as:1.Accomplishing an aim or purpose.

2.Achieved fame, wealth, or social status.

And defines transformation as:1.A marked change in nature, form, or appearance.

So is the film a successful transformation of the play? Well judging from the definition of ‘successful’, this film is not a successful transformation of Shakespeare’s play despite that it has achieved fame and wealth, it has not accomplished the aim or purpose of the film which was to transform the social context of 16th Century Italy to 20th Century America and to draw humour out of the Elizabethan play.

In my opinion, Junger’s film ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ is not a successful film for many reasons.

One of which is because it avoids the overwhelmingly violent and sexist nature of Shakespeare’s work as the disturbing nature of Petruchio’s ‘taming’ and brutalisation of Katherina has been almost completely eliminated from the film because of the rise in feminism in the 20th century, thus making the play unacceptable by today’s standards. In the play Katherina is ‘tamed’ by Petruchio to become the perfect wife, which in those days would have been a wife who would act as a servant to their husband. Katherina is starved, deprived of sleep, had things which she desired torn and destroyed in front of her and just generally treated like garbage. In the film Patrick Verona (taken from Petruchio of Verona) had to change himself and adapt to Katarina Stratford (taken from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare) for her to fall in love with him. Patrick has to...