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  1. Introduction
  2. Role of Women
  3. Taming Of the Shrew
  4. Ten Things I Hate About You
  5. The Duty to Obey
  6. Inferiority of women
  7. Conclusion

The play ?Taming the Shrew' is set in a tavern in the English countryside where a drunken beggar, Christopher argues with a hostess over his disorderly conduct. Sly is so high that he passes out on the ground where a local lord decides to teach him a lesson. He is dressed up like a nobleman and made believe that he is a mighty lord. He tries to make out with a kid pretending to be his wife, but he turns him down. Travelling actors then perform a play in sly's bedroom (Elizabeth 89).

The play shows a rich guy Lucentio and his servant Tranio come in to top up his education. Two daughters, Kate and Bianca, become a target of Lucentio. Baptista their father says that Bianca would not get married until Kate is off his hands. Suitors become agitated, as no one wanted to marry Kate due to her being a witch. Lucentio dresses up like Cambio a servant in order to infiltrate this house. Petruchio and his servant Grumio also arrive in the city where he also falls in love with Bianca. He disguises himself as Licio the music tutor. They all come up with a plan to ?wed and bed? Kate. Petruchio marries Kate with the aim of ?Taming' her. She is starved and psychologically tortured until she agrees to do whatever Petruchio wanted. Bianca somehow gets married to Lucentio in a weird but interesting turn of events (Elizabeth 93).

The film ?Ten things I hate about you' bases its story on taming the shrew except that it had a modern setting. The film simply depicts almost all that happened during Shakespeare's time but gives it a modern touch. The film shows Cameron a young high school kid and his best friend Michael walking around the school. Cameron spots a beautiful sophomore who cannot date and neither cam her ?shrew' sister Katarina. Katarina loves feminist prose and hates conformity. Bianca can only date if Kat has a date too. We see a repeat of the same plot as Shakespeare's play but in a modernized way where teenagers are the main characters.

[...] Women in modern societies are not slaves to the men nor do the men dominate in relationships. It is clear that both male and female in these times have to make compromises. Despite the vivid battle of the sexes in the film, the outcome is set with neither man nor woman ?winning'. Patrick sings publicly take my eyes off you' for him to win Kat's affection and in return Kat exposes herself to the teacher to save Patrick from detention (Ancona 23). [...]


[...] I want you to trust me to make my own choices? References Shakespeare, William, and Elizabeth Schafer. The Taming of the Shrew. Cambridge [u.a.: Cambridge Univ. Press Print. Shakespeare, William. Taming of the Shrew. S.I.: Filiquarian Pub., LLC Print. Ancona, Francesco and Mary I. Thompson. He Says/she Says Shakespeare. Lanham: University Press of America Print. [...]

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