A close analysis of the characters can reveal the attitudes and values of the two societies in which the texts, Shakespeare’s play, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Junger’s film, 10 Things I Hate About You, were composed. An investigation of the Protagonists in each text, Katherina and Petruchio, and Kat and Patrick allows an insight into the attitudes and values of the societies in which each text was set. Through the character of Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare demonstrates the patriarchal values of society and the dominance of men in the Elizabethan Era.
We see that wealth is valued in society which is Petruchio’s main motive to wive. Repetition and high modality is used to show Petruchio is only interested in money, “I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua. ” Petruchio also reveals that social status is highly valued in society, we see this when Petruchio explains to Hortensio that his father is deceased and he must restore his status, “Such wind as scatters young men through the world to seek their fortunes farther than at home… Antonio my father is deceased… appily to wive and thrive as best I may. ” We also see the value of a man’s authority when Petruchio attempts to woo Kate. High modality and imperative, “I must and will have Katherine to be my wife,” is used to show Petruchio’s higher authority over Katherina. At the end of the play, Petruchio is portrayed as a hero for taming Kate, “Tis a wonder, by your leave, she will be tamed so,” which illustrates a male dominated society. Through a close analysis of the character Petruchio, we learn the patriarchal values of society and the dominance of men in the Elizabethan Era.
In 10 Things I Hate About You, Patrick’s character reveals that popularity, status and wealth are valued in society. Patrick at the beginning of the film is portrayed as a scary character. In science class, we see Patrick act in a way different to the norms of society, “Patrick pulls out a butterfly knife and impales his frog violently with it. ” Rumours as a result of his behaviour, “He sold his own liver on the black market for a new set of speakers,” is used to show that Patrick is an outcast.
This is also seen when Michael discusses Patrick to Joey, “I heard he ate a live duck once… everything but the beak and feet. ” This illustrates that status and con-formative behaviour is valued in society. We see that wealth is valued in society when Joey offers Patrick money to take Kat out. He is only willing to do it for the money which is seen through imperative, “fifty buck and we’ve got a deal. ” As Ten Things I Hate About You progresses, we see Patrick turn from a scary misunderstood character into a caring loving person.
We see Patrick apologise to Kat through song and publicly embarrass himself to win her back, close up shots, “… can’t take my eyes off of you…” illustrate his high modality to win her back. It is through the close analysis of the character Patrick that we learn that popularity, status and wealth are valued in modern day society. Through the character of Katherina in The Taming Of The Shrew, Shakespeare demonstrates the patriarchal attitudes towards women and marriage evident in the Elizabethan Era. Katherina is regarded throughout Padua as a shrew as a result of her behaviour.
We learn that obedience in women is valued through Katherina’s disobedience and reputation, imperative, “No mates for you, until you were of gentler, milder mould,” illustrates Hortensio’s disregard for Katherina as she does not conform to the norms of society. In Elizabethan Society marriage was highly valued and was expected by women. Women were expected to serve and respect their husband. As Katherina does not conform to the norms of society and Bianca does, Bianca is the one who the suitors wish to woo. This angers Katherina, “I must dance bare-foot on her wedding day. After Katherina marries Petruchio, Petruchio tames her and turns her from a shrew to a normal women. Society no longer sees Katherina as a Shrew, “Now go thy ways; thou hast tam’d a curst shrow. ” This illustrates the expectations of society for to love and serve their husband. Through a close analysis of the character Katherina, we learn the patriarchal attitudes towards women and marriage evident in the Elizabethan Era. In 10 Things I Hate About You, through the Kat’s rebellious, angry and cynical behaviour Junger reveals that popularity, con-formative behaviour and status are valued in the modern society.
As Kat chooses not to conform to the norms of society and act in her own way she is treated as an outcast, emotive language, “The mewling, rampalian wretch… ,” is used to illustrate her unpopularity and status. Later in the film at the party, we see Katherina act like a normal girl where she dances on a table. Dialogue, “How did you get her to do it? ” “Do what? ” “Act like a human,” is used to show that behaviour and status is highly valued in society. Later in the play, Kat begins to act differently as a result of dating Patrick.
When Patrick is in detention, Kat flashes the teacher to allow him to escape, “She walks away as the classroom applauds,” illustrates that behaviour and conforming to the norms of society is valued. It is through a close analysis of the character Kat, that we learn that modern society values popularity, behaviour and status. Through the close analysis of the Protagonists in each text, Katherina and Petruchio from Shakespeare’s play, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Kat and Patrick form Junger’s film, 10 Things I hate About You, these texts can reveal the attitudes and values of the two societies in which they were composed.