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The Three M’s; Maturity, Money, and Marriage.



The Three M’s; Maturity, Money, and Marriage. 

Comparing:

Play: “The Taming of the Shrew”

Movie: “Life Partners”


In the classic Shakespearant play, “The Taming of the Shrew” one of the main characters, Katherine represents the shrew who is a stubborn woman who is forced to mature before she is ready so she can have a proper marriage. She is forced into a relationship that she doesn’t want to be in because her father is convinced that a man named Petruchio is a good match for her. This is due to his proclaimed wealth and his ability to tame Katherine. Petruchio is really just marrying Katherine for her dowry. Furthermore, there are many themes in this play that transcend into modern day movies. Characters like Petruchio and Katherine are timeless, and in the movie “Life Partners” one of the main characters (Sasha) is thrown into a very similar situation as Katherine.


She struggles of being viewed as an immature person or as a “shrew” because she doesn't have a secure job nor does she date mature women, plus she is almost thirty.  For both Katherine and Sasha, their immaturity affects their relationships. In the movie, Sasha and her best friend Paige are extremely close, but once Paige gets a serious boyfriend the dynamics of their friendship change. Paige starts spending more time with her boyfriend, but also starts to see that Sasha is actually really immature because she doesn’t have a secure job nor a secure relationship. She starts to try to change Sasha and tries to tell her to date more mature women. Paige and Petruchio are similar because they are dishonest to their friends/partners, but Paige never uses any manipulation tactics on Sasha. In the play, Petruchio manipulates Katherine by not giving her what she wants or needs unless she politely agrees with him.


In “The Taming of the Shrew” people are trying to change others or themselves for their own benefit. The characters in “The Taming of the Shrew” care more about wealth and their societal duty to marry while the characters in “Life Partners” are looking out for the well being of each other. This shows that in present day society happiness is more important in relationships rather than just fulfilling the need for wealth, the duty to marry, or personal benefit.



Act 2. Sc. 1 Line 342

Page: 99


Petruchio:

“We will have rings, and things, and fine array…


In “The Taming of the Shrew” it is imperative that a suitor has money. The girls family must have money and the man must also be well off. The more money or valuables the more suitable that person is for marriage. Petruchio in this scene is bribing and manipulating by describing all of the good things that he will come with after marriage. Such as, “rings and fine array”. He does this because he has ulterior motives for marrying Katherine, contrary to Paige who is looking out for Sasha’s well being. Baptista, who is Katherine's father is convinced that Petruchio and Katherine will be a good match because he believes they have similar bold personalities, and also because Petruchio claims to have a lot money. “The Taming of the Shrew” shows how it was important for suitors to be mature and wealthy.  In the play Katherine really does not want to get married. Though, her father thinks she is ready so she must get married. This shows how even though Katherine was not happy with the marriage she had to go through with the marriage because that was the cultural expectation.


Even though “The Taming of the Shrew” was written four hundred and twenty-two years ago many of the key ideas are still relevant today. For example, wealth is cherished at all points in time in history and in present day. Additionally, not only has wealth been important through time, but also unwanted suitors transcend through all periods of time.



This scene consist of Sasha, Paige, and a suitor who are all attending a party which Paige is hosting. Paige has arranged for Sasha and the suitor to have a blind date, but Sasha doesn’t know about the set up. Sasha, who is on the right of the picture, has just been dumped by a girl she really adored. This has caused her to be bitter towards all girls and relationships, which is similar to Katherines bitterness after she had to marry Petruchio.


Moreover, Sasha does not show any sign of interest towards her suitor, and is very detached the entire time. This is similar to how Katherine acted towards Petruchio when they first met. Their first interaction just consisted of constant quarreling and fighting because Katherine really did not like Petruchio. However, in the movie, the suitor just angrily leaves after overhearing Sasha complaining about her to Paige. This shows how Petruchio and the present day suitor are not alike at all.


Paige however is certainly similar to Petruchio because Paige and Sasha fight and insult each other to the point where Sasha leaves and they don’t talk for a long period of time. Overall, Paige sets up and fights with Sasha because she wants Sasha to be with someone who is mature, even though Sasha doesn’t see it this way. Sasha interprets Paige’s help as someone trying to control her, which is very similar to how Katherine felt with Petruchio as well.   


Act 2. Sc. 1 Page: 97

Lines 320 through 326


TRANIO

“Is this your speeding? Nay, then, good night our part.”


PETRUCHIO

“Be patient, gentlemen. I choose her for myself.

If she and I be pleased, what’s that to you?

'Tis bargained ’twixt us twain, being alone,

That she shall still be curst in company.

I tell you, ’tis incredible to believe

How much she loves me. O, the kindest Kate!”



In this quote Petruchio is lying to Tranio and Baptista about how in love Katherine and him are. Petruchio is trying to operate the situation to his benefit to show Baptista how Katherine actually has a chance of being less of a shrew. However, he really just wants to marry Katherine for her dowry. Not only did lying about all of his wealth help him marry Katherine, but so did lying about Katherine actually being a nice person in private. Thus proving how society sees people as suitable to marry once they are wealthy and once they are mature rather than people marrying when they truly feel happiest. Petruchio married Katherine for money not because he actually was happy nor did he actually love her.



Sasha starts to date a girl who is very artistic and very self centered. She is according to Paige, not mature enough for Sasha to be dating. Paige can’t help but lie to manipulate things to make them go how she think they should.



At one point in the movie Sasha is dating a girl named Vanessa who is shown as a very immature artist who has extremely over-the-top ideas. In this scene, Paige and her boyfriend (Tim) go out with Sasha and Vanessa. Later in private, Paige and Tim discuss how much they hate Vanessa, and how Sasha really needs to date someone more mature. This is different from “The Taming of the Shrew” because Katherine never dates anyone else that makes anyone notice how immature she is. It is just Katherines personality that makes people believe she is rude and immature. However, this scene relates to the quote from the play because Petruchio is lying about how happy they are, similar to how Paige tries to lie to Sasha and tell her how much she really likes Vanessa. She does this so Paige doesn’t know that she already has a hidden agenda of setting Sasha up with someone more mature/wealthy. Overall, Paige is very much like Petruchio because she is trying to control and change someone/something that she really has no right to change. Petruchio and Paige like to control people and situations very much. However, Paiges actions show how she cares about her friends happiness and wants her to be in a better relationship, while Petruchio actions and lies show how he does not care about Katherine’s feelings.


“The Taming of the Shrew” has many timeless elements that really show how much and how little humanity has changed as an entirety. Wealth is something that will continue to be a major part of everyones life. No matter if one has it, or if one does not have it, if one cherishes it, or if one looks down upon it. Money will always be a central part of humanity and therefore a central part of dating. As shown by Petruchio and Paige, society carries an attitude that the more money, the more put together a person is. Paige views Sasha and the girls Sasha dates as immature because they do not have full time jobs.  People use the idea of money to manipulate or to make other people feel bad. Katherine and Sasha were both women whose immaturity kept them from having an acceptable relationship. Petruchio used money and his controlling personality as a way to manipulate others so that he could get his way, while Paige truly just wanted Sasha to have a happy mature relationship. This shows how now people today look more for happiness rather than just duty or personal benefit in relationships.


Works cited:


Life Partners. Dir. Susanna Fogel. Perf. Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs. Magnolia Pictures, 2014. Netflix.


Shakespeare, William. "Act 2. Sc. 1 Page: 99 Line 342." The Taming of the Shrew. New York: Washington Square, 1992. 1-251. Print.


Shakespeare, William. "Act 2. Sc. 1 Page: 97 Lines 320 through 326." The Taming of the Shrew. New York: Washington Square, 1992. 1-251. Print









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Wooing, Charming, and Taming




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Wooing, Charming, and Taming

Comparing “Taming of the Shrew” to “50 First Dates”


In “The Taming of the Shrew” the idea of a man pursuing and trying to woo a woman is still present today. The character Petruchio is very persistent in having Katherine as his wife and to make her his. Similarly in the movie, 50 First Dates, the main character Henry makes up his mind to woo Lucy who has short term memory less, so he has to win her over again every day.


Petruchio and Henry have both set their hearts on the woman of their choosing, however the way they approach their each individual situation with different tactics. Petruchio’s problem is the fact that Katherine is very adamant on resisting him, but that makes it easier for him to push her towards him. He finds her weak points to get her to comply with him. However, Henry has to come up with new ways each day to win over Lucy due to the fact that she does not remember anything the next morning of each day. Both situations have humorous context and also different ideas of male courtship and dating. Both of these show that society believes in male determination to get what they want no matter what the obstacle and that to win over a female there has to be persistency until she gives in.



“The poorest service is repaid with thanks, And so shall mine before you touch the meat.”

(Act 4 Sc. 3 (p. 164) lines 46-48)


In this quote, Petruchio is making Katharine say thank you to him for giving her food, even though he is the one who has deprived her of it. This is one of his tactics he uses for her to comply to him or else she would face consequences that she would not like. By making her behave and earn the things she wants to do he is able to “tame” Katherine and her resistance towards him.




Henry finds himself in a situation where he tries to have breakfast with Lucy each day, using different methods to approach her.


In this scene, it is one of the many days Henry has tried to find a way of having breakfast with Lucy. He pretends to cry which catches the attention of Lucy, and she approaches him asking if she can help him. He then continues to “cry,” and say, “I can’t read,” as he is looking at a menu. He pretends to struggle to read it and Lucy seeing this offers to help him how to read and asks him to join her for breakfast. Similar to Petruchio, he manipulates the situation which would bring Lucy to him and she would be the one giving him what he wants.  Petruchio is is using love for selfish reasons while Henry never intended for it to happen in the first place.


His different attempts to catch Lucy’s attention adds humor throughout this part of the movie and also shows the audience that he is doing exactly what he said he wouldn’t do, which is fall for a local. In this situation, he too is making himself fall in love with Lucy without realizing it.




“It shall be moon,or star, or what I list. Or e’er I journey to your father’s house.”

(Act 4 Sc. 5 (p.187) lines 7-10)

Petruchio is twisting his words around to test Katherine on how well she obeys him. He says the moon is shining when it is actually the sun. When Katherine goes to correct him, he threatens that she must believe what he says it is or else they will never make the journey to her fathers house. He tells her there will be consequences which makes Katherine vulnerable to agree to what he says. He doesn’t let go until she agrees with him.



However, Lucy’s loved ones are prohibiting Henry from pursuing anything with her because of her short term memory loss and they want to protect her. Henry is warned to stay away from her.


This scene is a part of an ongoing routine of Henry trying to meet Lucy and talking to her even after her dad had told him to stay away from her. He agrees to not go back to the diner where he used to meet her. Henry thinks of an alternative way, which is by using different methods like this scene where he gets his friend to beat him up in the middle of the road to catch Lucy’s attention. He does so successfully, and Lucy comes to the rescue and beats Henry’s friend with a bat. His new ways of coming up with a way to get Lucy to notice him and talk to him helps him to spend time with her. In “Shrew,” Petruchio is directly trying to get Katherine to be his while Henry is indirectly trying to just spend some time with Lucy no matter what it takes.



In the end, all of Henry’s attempts to get Lucy to live a normal life and to help her with her memory pays off. Henry decides that he loves Lucy too much to ever leave her, so even though her memory does not come back he helps her remember everything every morning by videotape that has all their moments together. This helps the audience see that persistency and wins over in the end. In “Shrew,” Petruchio gets Katherine to obey him after pushing her around and getting rid of her rebelliousness.






Work Cited:

Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew;. Washington Square, 1992. Print.

50 First Dates. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment :, 2004. Film.  


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Jade Schweitzer Q3

This quarter, art class aside was very difficult for me for many different personal reasons, and that defiantly had an effect on my productivity in art. I completed my assignments, although my work seemed to come out differently. More smooth, utilizing more curved lines, and softening my usually harsh lines. Most of my inspiration and my idea this quarter came from things I am used to seeing everyday, like ashtrays, snails, and snakes. Using these memories helped to calm me down, and made concentrating on making them look as realistic as I could in the moment much easier. I took steps this quarter to try and improve on areas I had little to no comfort in, such as drawing people in general, let alone creating a self portrait, as well as working on physical textures, like the scales on my snake. 
Overall this quarter I expanded my comfort zone, learned new techniques for creating my art, and became more willing to share and get my art critiqued by peers.  
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La Familia de Wes: Kate Kopf

Wes tiene una familia un poco grande, pero súper chévere. La familia de Wes es muy simpático, pero es molesto a veces. La familia inmediata del wes consiste en dos hermanos, sus padres y un gato. Los hermanos de Wes se llama Levi y Eloise. Levi siempre juega videojuegos, y Eloise dibuja mucho. Los padres de Wes se llaman Eric y Siobhan, ellos construye y va de compras. Wes también tiene un gato. Él nombre es Peanut, y él a veces tiene una actitud.

Wesley también tiene muchos primos y tíos. Ella tiene dos primos, una prima, y cuatro tíos y tías. Danny y Alisha cocinan, y Danny le gusta comprar zapatos. Connor y Christian son los hijos de Danny y Alisha y ellos juegan videojuegos y duermen a veces. Keith y Casey son casado también y ellos les gustan dibujar y observación de aves. La hija de Keith y Casey, Reagan le gusta comer. Los abuelos de Wes, se llaman MeMom y PopPop, por los niños. MeMom y PopPop han estado casados mucho tiempo y son muy felices. Ellos viven en Maryland juntos. MeMom y PopPop son los padres de Alisha, Eric, y Keith. 

La familia de Wes vive en todo el mundo, y más. Viven en todas partes, desde California hasta nueva jersey. Melissa y Paul, los tíos abuelos viven en Nueva Jersey. Los otros tíos abuelos viven en soleada california. Los abuelos y primos de Wesley viven felizmente en Virginia. Los tíos de Wesley viven en Tennessee. El resto de la familia vive en Filadelfia con Wes, Levi, Eloise, Eric, y Siobhan. Danny y Alisha viven en nordeste Filadelfia, y Keith y Casey viven en Upper Darby Filadelfia.

La familia de Wes es promedio de tamaño, pero no está lleno de gente promedio. Los personas en la familia de Wesley Midgett son muy chévere y impresionante. La familia tienen un montón de gente inteligente y creativa. Wes es muy feliz y ella ama su familia.

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Art Q3 Reflection

This quarter in art, I feel as though it went subsequently okay. I feel as though I accomplished drawing a straight line, and improved my art drawing skills. If I could do this project again, I would get a different perspective for the whole thing. I think based off her picture, Yafang's drawing was really successful because her drawing is perfectly centered and captures the room perfectly. One point perspective, I learned is really diifficult, and also makes so many drawings really 3D. 


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Q3 Art

I believe it is an artist duty to bring joy to the world by bringing about a new perspective. In my art I strive to inspire imagination in the eyes of the viewers through creative and inspirational design.
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Q3 Art Reflection

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1.) I felt like I deserve a 90-95 because I think that I have improved drastically in my drawing skills. I drew the design on the back wall and I drew stuff on each of the walls.

2.) I would add more to the right wall and not leave everything to last minute.

3.) I think that Tajnia's was the most successful one because of how much detail she put into the drawing. She shaded in the blinds and created an beautiful table. The stools were sketched but had an great originality to them. Nice project overall.

4.) That it is hard at first but easy after a while doing it. I learned that your lines should always point to your vanishing point or your drawing will be off a little. 


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"Q3 Art Reflection"//Jamal Hampton

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  • a. What do you feel like you accomplished with your final drawing?  (keeping the rubric in mind. 20pts. - back wall, 20pts. side wall, 20pts. ceiling, 20pts. floor, 20pts. table/chair = 100pts.

I feel like I have accomplished with your final drawing a lot of new art skills when I was drawing. The art skills that I accomplished are learning how to draw from a person’s vision point perspective. Overall, I think that I should get a low B because I tried on the windows and wall but I did not have enough time I think could have been a little better.

  • b. What would you change or differently if you could do this project again?

If I had to change or do something differently or if I could do this project again I  would take the project home and work on it there so I could have time to do it I hopefully finish it correctly.

  • c. Find a drawing on the wall that you think is successful. Describe it. Why is it successful?

I think that Ryan’s drawing is successful it has everything that is required and for extra he even colored it in.

  • d. What did you learn about one point perspective?

I learned alot about one point perspective. First of all, when I came to this school I did not know what one point perspective was. I learned that one point perspective is a type of drawing that has a single vanishing point, usually  directly opposite the viewer's eye and usually on the horizon line.
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Q3 Art Reflection

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  • a. What do you feel like you accomplished with your final drawing?  (keeping the rubric in mind. 20pts. - back wall, 20pts. side wall, 20pts. ceiling, 20pts. floor, 20pts. table/chair = 100pts.
I eel like I did good just that I could have worked on my floor and stools a bit more.
  • b. What would you change or differently if you could do this project again?
I would draw darker so you could actually see the picture.
  • c. Find a drawing on the wall that you think is successful. Describe it. Why is it successful?
Cindy's was successful because she drew dark and her stools were great.
  • d. What did you learn about one point perspective?
It is easier than it sounds.
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Jenny Cruz, Art Portfolio

Throughout this year I wanted to focus on widening my art style. Drawing not only what I thought up, or the art that was assigned to me but your average ordinary things that one may not think to draw. 
I also told myself my capstone and senior project will focus on displaying my artistic style. 
This portfolio is an arrangement of some of the work I may have done on my own time or the concepts that were given to us during my art class this year. 
I used mediums I was unfamiliar with and tried to wrap my brain around colors. My traditional style focuses on black and white pencil drawing. There are a number of display in this presentation that use color well and I hope you enjoy them as I did while creating them. 

I would also like to note the art isn't just what we make within a class room. In cities like Philadelphia there are group of people that partake in street art. Whether that's putting stickers, wheat pastes or spray down a building artists are able to make art, their city being their canvas. I am fortunate enough to know many people within this small artist enclave. You may see some street art within this portfolio and all I ask is you keep an open mind about what you see and why these people do what they do. 
Art q3
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Q3 Art Reflection

I think I did pretty good job on the final drawing. I followed directions, but struggled a little. I feel I should get a A. I would fact that I struggles on the ceiling and should have added more to my drawing. I think Olivia Cooper's drawing is really good. She followed the directions and showed much detail. I learned that drawing is not just based on what you see, but based on how you see it.
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Final Drawing!

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  • a. What do you feel like you accomplished with your final drawing?  (keeping the rubric in mind. 20pts. - back wall, 20pts. side wall, 20pts. ceiling, 20pts. floor, 20pts. table/chair = 100pts. 
     I included all of the necessary components to my drawings.
  • b. What would you change or differently if you could do this project again?
    I would erase some smudge marks to make my drawing look neater and more presentable.
  • c. Find a drawing on the wall that you think is successful. Describe it. Why is it successful?
    I really enjoyed Ryan's drawing because it was so colorful and creative. Adding color made it unique compared to others around the room.
  • d. What did you learn about one point perspective?
    I learned that one point perspective, if applied to a drawing, can make shapes and pictures look very realistic. I would have never been able to draw something like this without the knowledge of one point perspective. Moreover, I learned about orthagonals, the vanishing point, and the three types of lines.
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Wynn Geary Q3 Art Portfolio

This quarter I got accepted to the Rhode Island School of Design, the top design school in the world. I'm pretty insanely excited and I'm not totally sure how I got in but somehow I did. Along with the good though, I lost my laptop with most of my design work on it, some files were backed up, but many were not. The work shown above is what I've done physically and after loosing my laptop. Recently I've been very interested in Wes Anderson's films and have used them as inspirations for my work. 
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Albarouki_Q3 Artwork - A2 Band

​Artist Statement
This quarter, I decided to focus on the meditation of letting things happen. When the inevitable strikes, it’s a magical state of mind I go through, because I created it. I never like to see things for what they really are, only because I hate reality, so instead, I see the message of the artistry these things carry. With an inclusion of the natural elements of the world, and the natural elements of myself, I find what it is I truly love about art come alive. Art is never an area of restrictions; it should liberate you. Liberation… that’s what I wanted to feel, I guess.
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Petty Art Q3

I had a lot of fun this quarter in art​, it really helped take a lot of the stress off all my other classes. Some the work was a little tedious but well worth it. Overall I had a good time.
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Q3 Art Tenzin Chemi

I enjoyed creating these new pieces. Each of them are something special to me because I have not done these types of drawings in these unique methods before. For my abstract piece, I just went with the flow by keeping my pencil on the paper and just drawing even when I was not sure where I was going next. For my self-portrait, it was very interesting drawing with india ink because I've never used it before. I was surprised by the fact that it was not as hard as I was expecting and it also turned out good in my opinion. Not only that piece but I thought my value piece turned out pretty cool too because I knew that it was going to be hard trying to have the perfect shading. However, it wasn't that bad and I liked the outcome of my work. In the basic shape project, it was fascinating how I had to draw my piece. It was yet another new experience for me to draw shapes to create an object. Then, for my final piece, the animal sketch, I really enjoyed applying two of the recent skills, shading/values and basic shapes, I'd learned to create this piece. 
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Q3 Art Tenzin Chemi

I enjoyed creating these new pieces. Each of them are something special to me because I have not done these types of drawings in these unique methods before. For my abstract piece, I just went with the flow by keeping my pencil on the paper and just drawing even when I was not sure where I was going next. For my self-portrait, it was very interesting drawing with india ink because I've never used it before. I was surprised by the fact that it was not as hard as I was expecting and it also turned out good in my opinion. Not only that piece but I thought my value piece turned out pretty cool too because I knew that it was going to be hard trying to have the perfect shading. However, it wasn't that bad and I liked the outcome of my work. In the basic shape project, it was fascinating how I had to draw my piece. It was yet another new experience for me to draw shapes to create an object. Then, for my final piece, the animal sketch, I really enjoyed applying two of the recent skills, shading/values and basic shapes, I'd learned to create this piece. 
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