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Taming of the Shrew
Transcript of Taming of the Shrew
10 Tings I hate About You
Historical Context: Taming of the Shrew
Taming of the Shrew is set in Tudor England in 1533. At this time people were concerned with`Shrews' - wives who challenged what their husbands said.
The play itself is set in Padua, Italy.
Text Type of the Play and Film
Both the play and the film use the traditional five act structure to tell their story. This is broken down as follows:
* Act I = intro characters, setting, basic problem to be overcome, disguises
*Act II = multiply misunderstandings, complicate relationships
*Act III = the “Oh, No!” moment of greatest misunderstanding & confusion by characters
*Act IV = unraveling of misunderstandings as their irrationality increases
*Act V = revelation of true identities & pairing up of the true couples, leading to marriage
"Taming of the Shrew" and "10 Things I hate About You" both use characters, themes and language features to entertain the audience and make a comment on issues that are relevant to their audiences at the time.
Both the film and the play are a romantic comedy which uses slapstick humour and deception to help the characters tell their story, interact with each other and find a happy ending.
Plot: Taming of the Shrew
The play focuses on the courtship and marriage of the four main characters and their concerns with arranged marriages. A rich young man, Lucentio, arrives in Padua for University but ends up falling in love, and in the end - eloping with, the beautiful Bianca. Discovering that no one can court Bianca until her ill tempered sister, Katherine, is married, Hortensio (another suitor) asks his friend, Petruchio (who wants a rich wife), to marry Katherine.
Once married, Petruchio begins tricking Katherine into doing silly things in an attempt to tame her to do his bidding which, in the end, she eventually does. Bianca, on the other hand, doesn't obey her husband.
Plot: 10 things I hate About You
Cameron, a new student at Padua High School, falls in love with the popular girl, Bianca. Like the play, Bianca's father wont let her date until her older (and ill tempered) sister, Kat does. Cameron teams up with a friend, Michael, to find a boy who'll date Kat. Choosing another social outcast, Cameron offers to pay Patrick to date Kat so he can date Bianca. After a few funny attempts to tame Kat into dating him, both Patrick and Kat develop feelings for each other. When Kat finds out at the prom why Patrick dated her, she gets angry and leaves him behind. Bianca also learns at the prom that Cameron is a better choice for her than Joey and ends up with him in the end. Kat and Patrick also end up together in the end when he apologises and Kat realises her feelings for him.
Language Features: Aliteration and Rhyming
Petruchio says that he's trying to "wive it wealthily" (find a wealthy woman to marry) and that "if wealthily, then happily" is the condition he'll be in with her. To be happy married, he only needs a wealthy wife instead of one whose pretty, nice, funny or smart.
Historical Context: 10 things I hate about you
The film is a teenage romantic comedy set in an American high school in Seattle, Washington in 1999. It is a 20th century parody on Shakespeare's play Taming of the Shrew.
Purpose and Target Audience
By using humour and witt, both the play and film are meant to entertain and inform the audience of important social issues/ values such as arranged marriages, romantic relationships, courtship, money and love.
Shakespeare's play entertains all social classes but most of the issues and themes are aimed at the wealthy classes in Tudor England. The film is aimed at ateenage audience with themes like love, dating and money something relatable to them.
Shakespeare and the film use different language features to add to the comedy in the play/ film. Examples are:
*Prose: the characters use everyday language to remind the audience of their low social status. in the play. In the film, the characters use slang to make their speech relevant to a teenage audience: slang language: Bianca of Kat: “she’s a mutant”, Joey to Pat: “trailer park”, Kat to Pat: “screw boy” ,
*Iambic Pentameter is used in the play to emphasize the change in Sly's language from his normal prose to that of someone from high social status : “Am I a lord? And have I such a lady?”
In the film this technique is used with Kat to show her knowledge and the value of individuality: “Distracting themselves from the pathetic emptiness of meaningless consumer driven minds”.
Language Forms and Features: Prose and Imbaic Pentameter
To let the audience know of his suspicion that someone else is trying to court Bianca Hortensio states:
" How fiery and forward our pedant is. Now, for my life, the knave doth court my love. Pedascule, I’ll watch you better yet."
Language Features: ASIDES
Alliteration and rhyming is used in the play to show a characters heightened emotional state