William Shakespeare wrote a famous piece called “The Taming of the Shrew” in the late 16th century. In 1999, a modern version of Shakespeare’s piece was created into a film called “10 Things I hate About You”. They are obviously both similar due to the fact that “10 Things I Hate About You” was a remake of the original, but they are not completely the same. The modern film version was changed to suit a different audience of the time period and contained more up-to-date features. The play “The Taming of the Shrew”, is basically about a “shrew” named Katherine Minola who is infamous for having a bad temper and being volatile.
It is thought that no man would ever want Katherine due to the fact that she would be temperamental and disobedient. However, her younger sister Bianca is a different story. Bianca is considered very marriageable and is sought after by many of the nobles. The problem however is that Bianca and Katherine’s father, Baptista Minola, forbids Bianca to marry until Katherine does. The story continues with men competing for Bianca, and a man named Petruchio interested in marrying Katherine for money. In the end, Petruchio ends up “taming the shrew” and a man named Lucentio ends up winning Bianca and they marry as well.
The movie “10 Things I Hate About You” is about a new student, named Cameron, at Padua High School who immediately falls in love with the beautiful and popular Bianca Stratford. Bianca has an older sister named Kat who is the less popular of the two sisters and is sort of an outcast. Kat does not seem interested in dating and that is unfortunate for Bianca as she is interested in dating but not allowed to participate in the dating game unless Kat does as well. That was a rule set up by their father Walter.
The story continues in a similar pattern as “The Taming of the Shrew” except obviously in a different time and setting, and with a little different plot and twists. The gist of it is that Cameron ends up with Bianca, and the bad-boy of the high school, Patrick, ends up with Kat. The similarities between these two works are fairly obvious. Katherine in “The Taming of the Shrew” is equivalent to Kat in “10 Things I Hate About You”, both being the “shrews”. The “tamer of the shrew” in Shakespeare’s version is Petruchio, while the film version equivalent of Petruchio is Patrick.
Lucentio in “The Taming of the Shrew” is the same as Cameron in “10 Things I hate About You”. The base of both stories is that Lucentio (Patrick) wants to get with Bianca, but cannot due to the father’s rule. So he sets out to find someone to wed Katherine (Kat). That someone is Petruchio (Pat). Their are some more subtle similarities in the stories as well. Such as when Hortensio (another man after Katherine, equivalent to Joey in the movie) and Lucentio act as tutors because that is the only way they can be with Bianca.
In the movie, Cameron tutors Bianca as a French tutor. Another example is that Petruchio, at first, only agrees to marry Katherine for the dowry. The same thing happens in the movie when Patrick agrees to date Kat for the money presented to him. They do fall in love with Katherine and Kat in the end. The differences between these two pieces of work are also fairly obvious. In the play the two women are daughters of the Lord of Padua. The movie is modernized so that it takes place in a high school. The play was meant for the audience of the that time period, as was the movie.
Taking place in a high school was a reason for it possibly being catered to people of that age range. The movie gave credit to the play by doing things such as naming the characters after the characters in the play, but it also gave credit by directly quoting some lines from the play. An example would be in the play when Katherine says “You don’t have to be who they want you to be”, Kat repeats that same exact line in the movie. Another example is when Cameron repeats “I pine, I burn, I perish”, which is again exactly what Lucentio said in the play.
The movie and the play were both entertaining, but if I had to pick just one to re-watch or re-read it would have to be the movie. The reason for that is mainly because it’s more modern and makes more sense in this day and age. The play was very good but it can be hard to follow along in some of Shakespeare’s works if you don’t know some of the terms used back then. An example would be the dowry that Petruchio received for marrying Katherine. Even know I now know that dowry means money after I looked it up, it’s things like that that make reading Shakespeare somewhat difficult.