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The Lying Game

Comparing “The Taming of the Shrew” to “He’s Mine, Not Yours”



In the play of “The Taming of the Shrew”, characters from centuries ago, portray their idea of love by trying to win their lover with greed. The cocky and confident Petruchio insists of wifing the quick-tempered Katherine by using his power and money. The movie “He’s Mine, Not Yours” filmed in 2011 comes from a similar angle on their idea of love -- only it is a woman, Mandy, who is requested by another woman to use her power of her appearance to win the man.



Petruchio and Mandy share the same goals and mindsets in their predicaments, but the process on accomplishing these goals are different. Petruchio owning loads of money due to his father’s death, uses that to his advantage to go to Padua to wive a woman. Trying to win her over, Katherine’s stubborn personality causes her to resist the marriage, leaving Petruchio in a dispute. On the other hand, Mandy’s career is using the power of her looks as a career path to find out if “Prince Charmings” are cheaters. She is hired by Brooke who is in a perfect relationship with Kent, but was influenced by others that all men cheat. Mandy disguises herself to see if Kent will fall for her traps and cheat. These texts reflect that despite the gender, romance (genuine or not) can be created through lies and power.



“Signior Hortensio, ’twixt such friends as we

Few words suffice. And therefore, if thou know

One rich enough to be Petruchio’s wife,

As wealth is burden of my wooing dance...”


(Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 66-77)


In this quote, Petruchio is speaking to his dear friend from Padua, Hortensio. He is telling Hortensio that people like them who are rich and handsome can get away with things by only doing a bare minimum. All Petruchio is looking for is a rich woman and that is enough for him to start a romance. Petruchio is influenced by himself to take upon this risky idea of marrying someone by flaunting his wealth to his greatest measures through lies even if it might have consequences.



A similar conversation is shared between Brooke and her friend about her plan through advice and a warning, but Brooke doesn’t listen.


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Sophia is strongly advising to Brooke that she shouldn’t hire the “Man Stealer” (Mandy) to spy on Kent. She strictly says, "Don't go looking for trouble; because people who go looking for trouble, they normally find it." Ignoring her advice, Brooke is convinced that all men cheat so she finds the Man Stealer. This shows that Mandy was specifically sent by Brooke to use her power to manipulate Kent. But since Mandy specializes in lying and using her power to get what she wants, she is confident that she will win Kent with no obstacles. Petruchio and Mandy feel like their plans will both go smoothly, but Petruchio doesn’t know what to expect. Mandy has done this a thousand times so she is already assuming it will be an open and close, easy case.




“Why, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and an old jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned, a pair of boots that have been candle cases, one buckled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt and chapeless; with two broken points; his horse hipped, with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no kindred...”


(Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 42-62)


Biondello is announcing that Petruchio is arriving to his own wedding to marry Katherine wearing outrageous things like non matching boots, an old vest, a rusty sword, and more. Petruchio has gained even more confidence due to others insisting that just because he comes from good money and he has all the right things to say to lure Katherine, that he can get away with showing up to his wedding dressing completely out of sorts. Petruchio thinks he can get away with anything and that as long as a person’s actions are a strong as their lies and deceitfulness, he can force a marriage on Katherine and call it a romance.



Mandy does the opposite by ending her plan early to tell Brooke that Kent is not a cheater. However, when she hears a shocking response, she resumes her evil plan.
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Mandy meets up with Brooke to let her know that Kent passed the test, and he is loyal and commited. Assuming that Brooke would be happy about this, she is more angry because she feels like Mandy didn’t do a full enough investigation. Mandy angrily says, “Listen, I take men away from their women everyday. Its my job." While Petruchio takes it upon himself to be obnoxtious and use his powers to fool Katherine, it is Mandy’s job where she is requested to do such things. She knows her lies and appearances can get her far in her plan just as much as Petruchio’s wealth can do the same. Petruchio and Mandy are a little too confident that they can win their “lovers” through the acts they put on.

Petruchio gets a wife and Mandy walks away empty handed. Mandy let her emotions get the best of her and she personally ended up falling for Kent. Getting caught in the act, Mandy lost. Although one character was more accomplished than the other, both show the same deep meaning about love. Love can be created through power and lies whether it is genuine or not. Fooling someone works just as well as falling for someone to spark a romance.



Shakespeare, William . The Taming of the Shrew. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.


He's Mine Not Yours. Dir. Roger Melvin. Perf. Jason Weaver, Caryn Ward, Gabrielle Dennis. 2011. DVD.

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Taming the case of the serial cheater

“Taming the Shrew” and “John Tucker Must Die”


John Tucker Must Die (2) is a movie about a serial cheater named John Tucker who had three girlfriends from the same school, all at the same time. The only way he got away with it, was due to the fact that each of these girls were a part of different cliques. The girls names were Heather, Beth, and Carrie. Once John broke up with all three of them (at the same time) the girls decided to get revenge. They decided to set the new girl up, Kate, with him in order to break his heart.


Similar to John Tucker Must Die, Taming the Shrew is a play about an aggressive woman and her innocent sister who both are suppose to get married. The little sister, Bianca, can not be married until the older sister, Kate, was married. Kate was not appealing to most men because of her vicious attitude. In order to get the Kate out of the way so other people could marry her sister, Bianca's suitors decided to set up a man named Petruchio with her. The deal was that he would get paid for getting rid of the problem for them.  


The two pieces are similar in the ways they use lies to get what they want, but are different in the goals they wished to obtain. The girls in the movie “John Tucker Must Die” molded the new girl Kate into a person who would break John’s heart because he broke theirs. The suitors in “Taming the Shrew” molded Petruchio so they could get him to marry the older sister so the younger sister was free to marry. Obviously the two goals are very different, but share a common theme of deception in order to get what they want. These pieces reflect how people use honesty and deception in order to satisfy personal needs and wants.


“His youngest daughter, beautiful Bianca/ and her withholds from me and other more/ suitors to her and rivals my love/ supposing it a thing impossible/ for those defects I have before rehearsed/ that ever Katherina will be wooed/ Therefore this order hath Baptista ta’en/ that none shall have access unto Bianca/ Til Katherine the curst have got a husband (67).”- Hortensio Act 1 Sc 2 (1)


Hortensio, a suitor to Bianca, was proposing an idea to his friend Tranio. The idea was to get someone to marry the eldest daughter of King Baptista. Once the eldest daughter was married, the younger sister could be married. Because no one wanted to marry Kate, the idea of her getting married was slim to none. It was no longer about finding someone to genuinely love the oldest daughter Kate, it was about getting her out of the way. Doing this allowed Hortensio to get what he wanted, which was Bianca.

Similar to Hortensio proposing an idea to his friend, the three girls built up a plan to get what they wanted from their friend.




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In this scene, Heather, one of John’s ex’s says “you know...instead of doing all this, we should’ve just broken his heart.” Kate, the new girl, replies “yeah except that he broke up with all of you (2).Another ex of John’s, Carrie, says “not everyone.” Then, the three girls look at Kate, hinting that they want her to be the person out of them to break his heart. Unlike Petruchio, in the end Kate actually did start falling for John and was embarrassed about the lies their relationship was built on. Petruchio, on the other hand, took pride in being in control and involved in a relationship full of deception.



“And place your hands below your husband’s foot; in token of which duty, if he please, my hand is ready, may it do him ease (221).”- Katherine Act 5 Sc 2 (1)


In this scene, Kate was giving a speech on how much she loved and respected her husband Petruchio. She was saying how she’d basically do anything he told her to. This scene was very strategic. Viewers believe that she used this scene to make it seem like she really changed into this kind, caring, loving woman when in reality, she did not feel that way. She was simply lying to make it seem like that was how she felt. In reality, she only said it to set her future. She wanted a husband. She wanted this happy lifestyle. By her saying this, she was only deceiving him into building the life she always wanted with any man.


Similar to Katherine, John Tucker strategically stretched the truth in order to get what he wanted from the three girls.



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In this scene, the three girls just found out that John Tucker told them all the exact same thing when they asked about the other girls he was involved with. Heather (middle) started off by saying “I talked to John. He felt bad for you. He said that you were jealous because we share something special. Something that we didn’t have to label because-” and was interrupted by Beth (left) who said “because it’s our unspoken bond and I just love how secure you are-” and was interrupted by Carrie (right) who said “and it it hurts to hear you question it because you’re the only girl for me (2).” John Tucker had told them all the same thing.

Similar to Katherine in Taming the Shrew, John strategically told all of them these cheesy lines. He obviously did not mean it. Like Kate, he saw potential for a better future. Kate’s vision was more family orientated and about genuine love. John’s vision of a better future was being able to have three girlfriends at the same time and have them each believing that they were special.

These portrayals from the book Taming the Shrew and the movie John Tucker Must Die shows that society condones lying in order for people to get what they want in relationships. What these two pieces had in common was that the characters used twisted truths to achieve their goals. In Taming the Shrew, Petruchio necessarily didn’t lie to Kate, but he did not tell the whole truth either. His feelings towards her were forced by the suitors to Bianca. Petruchio was told that he would receive money from the suitors for getting her out of the way so men could try to marry her younger sister. Therefore, their relationship wasn’t genuine. It was a relationship built on lies and forced emotions in order for the suitors to get what they wanted, which was Bianca.

In the movie John Tucker Must Die, the three girls Beth, Heather, and Carrie used the new girl Kate to get what they wanted. John Tucker had broken their hearts by cheating on them and then breaking up with them before they could get full revenge. Their goal was to use Kate as a puppet. They would tell her what to say to him, how to act around him, etc. They wanted her to get him wrapped around her finger and then as soon as he was “whipped,” she would break his heart for their entertainment. Kate was not being herself. She was just a figure built on lies in order to hurt John.
Not only do people lie to get what they want in books and movies, but they do this in real life as well. Whether it’s a teenage boy lying about his feelings to get the to sexual attention of a girl, or a women lying about her love to get money from a wealthy man, people lie. Examples of this are also found in other types of media. In  an article on examiner.com (3), Kim Kardashian’s ex husband Damon Thomas accused her of lying in order to get money from him. The article says that she got back into a relationship with him, in order to finance lavish shopping sprees and extensive plastic surgery. He claims that she never really loved him, she was just in it for the money. Just as Petruchio used Katherine in order to get money from Bianca’s suitor, and how the ex girlfriends of John Tucker used a friend in order to get revenge, this shows that people often lie to get what they want.

Sources cited:

(1) Shakespeare, William, and R. C. Hood. Taming the Shrew. Houndmills: Macmillan, 1975. Print.

(2) John Tucker Must Die. Dir. Betty Thomas. By Jeff Lowell. Perf. Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, and Sophia Bush. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 2006.

(3) "Kim Kardashian Has a History of Using Men – Part 1 - First Husband Damon

Thomas."Examiner.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

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Benjamin Simon Q2 Media Fluency Slide

Here is a slide about myself and my favorite thing to do, basketball. However, more importantly, it is about how to properly design a slide. Within this slide I added many things that would attract the viewers attention. I used a bland green color as the background to not attract attention. This would make it so they would pay more attention to the other information. I then added a bright red color to the words so that they would stick out to the viewer. This means if the person were just glancing at the slide they would notice the most important words. Then, if they were to look a little closer, they would see an important quote and a picture to correspond with the slide. However, by just looking briefly at the slide, you would be able to understand and notice the vital aspects to it. 
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After presenting to the class, I learned many things about how to improve my slide. I noticed I had too much going on so I deleted the quote. This made the slide more empty and easier to understand. I went on to change the background so that it would match the blue in the photo, making it more desirable to look at. I then moved the picture to the right and enhanced its size to make it more prominent. After this step, I slid the lettering "Ball is life" the left to make up for the empty space. I kept the letters red so that they would match the red in the jersey. This created less competing colors.
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The Ugly Conformity

The Ugly Conformity
Comparing Taming of The Shrew to The Ugly Truth

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, written more than 400 years ago, and the 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler have more in common than one might think upon first viewing. When critically reviewing the two, the similarities between Petruchio’s character’s treatment of Katherine in Taming of The Shrew and Mike’s (Butler) lessons for Abby (Heigl) are very similar in their presentation. Both the play and the movie women conforming to male ideas of who they should be and how they should act, especially towards and in relationships with men, as a positive occurrence.

“If I be waspish, best beware my sting.” - Katherine
(Act II Scene I, line 208)

In the beginning of Taming of The Shrew Katherine is presented as a man-hating, almost evil woman with a vicious tongue, no desire to be married. No one wants to marry Katherine for the sole reason of being with her, she is the equivalent of a devil. Katherine immediately dislikes Petruchio upon first meeting, exchanging a series of insults with him, displaying both her contempt for marriage and Petruchio himself, as shown in the above quote. As Petruchio is marrying Katherine for her money and will be with her for the rest of his life, Petruchio decides then that he will change Kate to his liking, to a Kate more up to his standards.

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Similarly, in the beginning of The Ugly Truth Abby’s characters is presented as a work-oriented control freak who does badly with blind dates and has a checklist of qualities she is looking for in a husband, a cat loving red wine drinking romantic. When she meets Mike’s character, she predictably immediately dislikes him and his misogynistic sexist speech and ideas of the one thing men really want: sex. Despite their differences, Abby and Mike are forced to work together to raise the ratings of their unpopular news show, on which Abby is the producer and Mike is on a segment devoted to saying sexist things in order to get more viewers. When Abby meets a man who fits her categories, she asks Mike for advice on how to get Colin, the new man, to date her. Mike agrees, and teaches Abby how to be what he thinks will make Colin want to date her, a woman conformed to male standards.

“For I am he born to tame you, Kate

And bring to from a wile Kate to a Kate

Conformable as other household Kates.” - Petruchio

(Act II Scene I Lines 261-262)

Petruchio to Katherine upon meeting her that he is born to tame her. Seeing clearly that she has no desire to wed him, Petruchio tells Katherine a lie: that her father has already agreed, that the dowry has already been settled, and that he will marry her whether she likes it or not. Petruchio use of language would make one think he was domesticating an animal, by calling her a “wild Kate”, a pun on “wildcat” that he will “tame.” This language serves the purpose of setting the terms for Petruchio and Katherine’s relationship. Petruchio makes is clear that Katherine is not up to his standards for someone who will be his wife, and that he will make sure that he changes her to conform to his standards, so that he can live with a Katherine “conformable as other household Kates.”
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Mike starts to go about turning Abby into a woman that men would want to date. He tells her that “men are very visual” buys her tight dresses, new bras, and tells her to take down her ponytail because it “implies that you are either operating heavy machinery or emptying the litter box, and neither of those things inspires an erection.” Mike say’s that her hair needs to be longer as well, because “men like something to grab on to other than your ass.” Mike tells her “You have to be two people, the librarian and the stripper.” As Mike claims that he knows what every man wants, Abby goes along with the standards that Mike sets for her, in the hopes that it will cause Colin to like and want to date her.

“And place your hands below your husband’s foot

In token of which duty if he please,

My hand is ready, may it do him ease.” - Katherine

(Act V Scene II lines 181-183)

Katherine makes a long speech at the end of the play to show her transformation. The once shrewish Katherine now gets mad at Bianca and Hortensio's widow for looking angrily at their husbands. Husbands whom Katherine describes as their lords, kings, and governors. She says that a woman’s husband protects her and supports her, living a life of danger and responsibility while the woman needs to provide obedience and kindness, a payment for “so great a debt.” Katherine boldly claims a husband is to his wife as a prince is to his subject, and if a woman is “froward, peevish, sullen, sour”, then she is a traitor to a just ruler. Katherine goes on to say that women’s bodies are soft and weak because their inners should match their outsides, and that women should yield to their men. She then tells Bianca and the widow that, she used to be as proud and as headstrong as they are, but now she understands that “our lances are but straws,” implying that their weapons, woman's weapons, are insignificant.

Katherine, from dealing with Petruchio trying to tame her, has drastically changed. She now think a woman should prepare herself to do anything for her husband. This is a sharp contrast from the Katherine in the beginning of the play who was fighting against her social role, and whom no one  wanted to marry. This speech displays the play’s view of relationships, that a woman conforming to a man is a good thing. As this is a comedy, not a tragedy, there are no sad endings, only happy ones where everything is resolved. The end of this play shows Katherine giving in and conforming to Petruchio’s standards of what a woman should be in a positive light. Because the character's are satisfied, Katherine's transformation is presented as a good thing, something that made her, and those around her happy.

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Just as Petruchio accomplished his goal of taming Katherine , Mike's training of Abby to become more of what a man wants works, and Colin falls for Abby. In the end of the play Abby is wearing push-up bras, fake hair, and tight dresses. She’s no longer the “romantically- challenged” Abby she was before she met Mike. In fact, Mike’s transformation of Abby works so well that Mike begins to fall for Abby as well. In the end of the movie, Abby and Mike are together and in love, where once Abby hated him for his sexist words, much like the beauty falling in love with the beast, despite his abuse. The ending of the movie is also happy, and Abby’s transformation into more of a woman men want to date is shown as a good thing.

Taming of the Shrew and The Ugly Truth have much in common. Both the movie and the play are insulting to both to women and men. Each presents a woman conforming to men’s standards of who they should be, and how they should act, and end in the woman being with a man. In both of these mediums, this is presented as a positive occurrence, showing that male dominance of ideas about dating has been a common theme in play's and movies for hundreds of years.
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Media Fluency Slide

First Draft
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Script:

The reason I chose the background I chose was because, after experimenting a little bit with images, fonts and backgrounds, I liked the changing colors of this one. I also liked the simplicity of it, and the fact that it wasn’t plain white with no change. I chose the kitten because it’s very cute, draws attention, describes and connects to the text, and compliments the white with its orange color. I chose the position of the text boxes because they take up all of the top boxes of the rule of threes. Also, it makes it so that you read the top one first, using size and positioning. I thought it was a little bit dry, so I added some more orange to stay with the color scheme by outlining the first block texting, also adding to its importance and eye drawing power. I specifically liked this color of dark orange because it’s almost exactly the shade of orange of the cat. Also, I chose a different font from Arial or Times New Roman, so that it would look different. I positioned the kitten in the bottom because it is looking up, and also because it is the heaviest object in the slide. I decided to leave an empty space in the bottom left so that I can stand there during the presentation. It also spaces out the objects in the slide. For an additional bonus, and to take advantage of the changing colors of the background, I photoshopped the background of the kitten from light blue to changing shades of white and gray. Finally, I wanted to have a little thing about Doctor Who in the slide, so I included a tiny thing about Doctor Who. This didn’t interrupt interrupt anything in the slid


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Final Draft
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Through this project I have learned a lot. I have learned about how to properly construct a slide. I have also learned about the subtle hints that you can use to affect someone’s brain when they look at something, such as tangents and the rule of thirds. I learned from my presentation that I can use transparent images instead of spend hours shaving individual pixels off of an image. I also learned that a text box stroke or outline can give a tangent that distracts from the whole presentation. This is why I removed that. In addition, I found that the more on the slide, the more to get distracted from and the more to distract. That’s why I removed the little doctor who image. Ultimately, I have learned a lot and have benefited from this in so many ways. Enjoy!
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Confessions Of A Shopaholic vs. The Taming Of The Shrew

Honesty and deception in relationship

Comparing "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "The taming of The Shrew"



In Shakespeare's written play, “The Taming of The Shrew”, I examined it a bit more and found that it very relative to one’s life today. The Mighty Petruchio  was so out to get Katherine, which was perfect because everyone else wanted Bianca. Everyone had dressed up, pretending to be someone else, or rather, pretending to love someone just for the fortune in the play. Just like in the 2009 movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, the main character seeks after all the clothes & shoes she can get her hands on, and pretends to be someone she is not. In both movies, It is evident that in one’s relationship, it can be more deception than expected, and can affect two people’s view on one another, so honesty is communication is key.


Each movie and situation is different, but can be connected in many ways. Lucentio and Hortensio dress up to be someone they are not, just so they can win the heart of Bianca. They work to be as close to her as possible, Lucentio dressing up as her Latin Teacher, Hortensio as the Music teacher, and Tranio as Lucentio. They are all suitors of Bianca, and each of them are determined to woo Bianca. In the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, Rebecca Bloomwood is actually a Shopaholic that is drowning in debt. When her closet is filled with all the Gucci bags, Prada shoes, and Chanel coats you can dream of, her mind is crammed with all the overdue bills she is supposed to be paying off. When she goes shopping for a new dress for an interview to get a job at Elitte (a really high-class fancy shmancy Fashion Magazine she has been wanting to work for ever since she was 14), she ends up being denied, and gets another interview at a finance company. This is extremely ironic for her because she isn’t very good with managing money, however, she ace’s the interview and gets a job as a Journalist for a column in the Finance Magazine. Her friend Suze makes a point of how she needs to take her own advice that she metaphorically compares and contrast to fashion in the column, so that she can become debt-free. Rebecca also tells Suze her plan of winning another job at the Elitte magazine industry, since the Financial company she works for now is somewhat owned by Elitte, and she is willing to do anything to work there.


QUOTE:


One rich enough to be Petruchio’s wife—

As wealth is burden of my wooing dance—

Be she as foul as was Florentius’ love,

As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd

As Socrates’ Xanthippe or a worse,

She moves me not—or not removes at least

Affection’s edge in me, were she as rough

As are the swelling Adriatic seas.

I come to wive it wealthily in Padua;

If wealthily, then happily in Padua.

(65-73)



Here Petruchio describes his ideal wife-a rich woman, who is able to provide a large dowry for himself in the near future. He does not care how rude, stubborn, or upright blunt she is, he is just in it for the riches. He also mentions no matter how wild she is, he is more than able to tame her through the “loving kindness he is determined to woo her with”.



Miss Rebecca felt the same way-just a different message, along with a different approach.



In this scene, Rebecca rushed to the hotdog stand to get cash back, in order to pay for a “magical green scarf” for her interview, that she was unable to pay for with her expired cards. She hurries to the front of the line, cutting in front of everyone, and even pushes her future boss (the guy right next to her in the suit) to get what she needed. This green scarf that she is rushing to get is actually another statement piece a manikin figuratively convinced her to get for this interview, so that she would be later known as “The Girl in the Green Scarf”. Getting this scarf would guarantee her spot in the Elitte magazine industry. Like Petruchio, Rebecca is willing to do anything to get this position or this wonderful opportunity, and go through great extent to get it. She will even lie to herself and the hotdog man that this scarf she needs, is for her great aunt who is very ill.  



QUOTE:

My mind hath been as big as one of yours,

My heart as great, my reason haply more,

To bandy word for word and frown for frown;

But now I see our lances are but straws,

Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,

That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.

Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,

And place your hands below your husband’s foot,

In token of which duty, if he please,

My hand is ready, may it do him ease.

  (V.ii.140183)




In this scene, Petruchio tells Lucentio to watch as Katherine comes with obedience to him when he calls for her. When she comes, Petruchio already predicted that she will drag Bianca along with her, degrading her behavior towards her husband by not obeying his orders of coming to him. Her persuasive words that she speaks to all of the wives and everyone else in the audience was touching to Petruchio. She explained as to why obeying your husband not only shows respect towards him, because there is “Too little payment for so great a debt.” that is to be payed to the husband. She shows that she has been somewhat “tamed” by the great Petruchio, and she no longer is the defiant, obstinate, Katherine everyone was very familiar with in the beginning of the play.



   In this part of the movie, Rebecca is walking down the street, past all the beautiful windows of New York with the most beautiful clothing, that she realizes that she doesn’t need. Once again, she was almost tempted by another Manikin that those red sparkly heels were going to go with that green dress she has been dying to wear. But after selling all large amount of her clothes,hats, shoes, bags, and jewelry, to pay for all of her overdue bills, she realizes she doesn’t want to ever feel that way again, and she wants to have control. When Luke stated “What about Honesty? What about credibility?” , she realized something was to happen so she can make everything right again. She persuaded herself at that window that those shiny things aren’t necessary for life, and she go on without them. She broke her old habit of buying, and became a new person. She “tamed” her passion of spending money she doesn’t have. As she walks down the street, the Manikins applaud her for making the right decision, and she later walks into the love of her life, Luke. Comparing both movies, we see that each person had to make a major change to make the relationship work, and have self control. They had to "tame" what was ruining them in the first place. For Katherine, it was hard for people to approach her because of her personality, and defiance, and for Rebecca spending money that wasn't hers recklessly on things she didn't need. Both girls had to "tame" these things so they wouldn't interfere with anything else in their life.



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A Shrewd Proposal

Gender roles in The Taming of the Shrew and The Proposal


The Taming of the Shrew is a play written by William Shakespere. In Shrew, Petruchio, a wealthy man, plans to marry Katherine, a woman notorious for her unpleasant disposition. Katherine does not consent to the marriage, but Petruchio convinces her father that Katherine has agreed to the match and the two are married. When Katherine goes to live with Petruchio, he vows that he will “tame” her. The Proposal, a film released in 2009, is ver similar to The Taming of the Shrew. The Proposal is about a man named Andrew and his boss Margaret. Margaret is disliked by all of her employees, especially Andrew. Margaret, a Canadian citizen, risks deportation if she doesn’t get married. She blackmails Andrew into marrying her. 

The Taming of the Shrew is often criticized for it’s sexist themes. Due to Petruchio’s calculated abuse (he denies her food and sleep in order to extract compliance) Katherine surrenders to his will, declaring to her friends and family “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign; (5.1.146)” Literary critic George Bernard Shaw described the play as “altogether disgusting to modern sensibility". However, the gender roles delineated in The Taming of the Shrew are not outdated products of Shakesperian chauvinism. In The Proposal, Margaret and Andrew’s interactions appear to be a role-reversal of the Taming of the Shrew, but the film ends up reiterating a message of male dominance.

“She is intolerable curst,

And shrewd, and froward, so beyond all measure

That, were my state far worser than it is,

I would not wed her for a mine of gold”(1.2.89-93)

In this scene, Hortensio is trying to convince Petruchio to marry Katherine. He tells Petruchio about Katherine’s reputation: she is known to be unpleasant, petulant, and irritable. 

In The Proposal, Margaret is seen in a similar light. 

In part of the movie, Margaret fires an employee who failed to secure a contract with an important client for the publishing company of which Margaret is a high-level manager. Once she informs him of his termination, he flies into a rage, calling Margaret a “poisonous bitch” and a “monster”. Additionally, throughout the entire film Margaret is referred to as “satan’s spawn” by several other characters. Margaret is very similar to Katherine: both women are written off as horrible bitches by the male characters. The way their different situations unfold is when the two characters begin to differ.

“I tell you, ‘tis incredible to believe

how much she loves me. O, the kindest Kate!

She hung about my neck , and kiss on kiss

She vied so fast, protesting oath on oath

That in a twink she won me to her love” (2.1.325-329)

In this scene, Petruchio declares to Baptista (Katherine’s father) that he has successfully woo’d her. Upon hearing the above quote, Baptista agrees to the match and arranges for Katherine to be wed to Petruchio. Katherine remains silent during this part, although she previously made it clear to Petruchio that she had no interest in marrying him.

In The Proposal, Margaret does the same thing to Andrew. 


Margaret is a Canadian citizen living in the United States on a work visa. When she fails to take the steps necesscry to renew he visa, she faces deportation. When she finds out about her impending deportation, she quickly tells ICE that she and her assistant, Andrew are to be married. Andrew goes along with this in the meeting, but afterwards he expresses some concerns about marrying her. Margaret then says that if she is fired, her successor will fire Andrew, ruining his dreams of publishing his book. Andrew also negotiates a promotion for himself. Andrew agrees to marry Margaret. 

In The Taming of the Shrew, it is Petruchio who pursues Katherine. In The Proposal, it is Margaret who pursues Andrew. Both Margaret and Petruchio want to be married not for romantic love, but for their own purposes. Margaret wants to keep her job and Petruchio wants to collect Katherine’s sizable dowry. However, Andrew will receive a promotion while Katherine receives nothing for marrying Petruchio.

This role-reversal reflects the changed reactions to women in power since Shakesperian times. In the 1500’s, a woman had no rights and was considered property. The very idea of a woman being in any sort of power (with the notable exception of Queen Elizabeth, who was often ruthlessly mocked in the English media during her reign), was absolutely ridiculous. Therefore, the Renaissance equivalent to Margaret’s “bitchy boss” character would be a woman who refused to conform to traditional gender roles. Katherine fills this role. She refuses to allow her father to make a whore of her and marry her off to a stranger, and was often belligerent in asserting this. Through Petruchio, Hortensio, and other male characters’ eyes, an independent woman must be deficient in some way because men are dominant, and in not accepting her socially-expected role as a woman threatened their power. Thus, she was a “shrew”

Margaret is shrew for not conforming to gender roles. She is a woman in power in corporate America, which is no easy feat. When her subordinates speak to each other about her, they often use gendered insults to refer to her (like “bitch” and “witch”), even though the film never shows her doing anything particularly horrible to her employees. Modern women in power are often put under a microscope. Take Hillary Clinton. She is constantly berated by the press for her appearance in ways that her male counterparts never have been and never will be. 

“Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,

Thy head, thy sovereign; (5.1.146-147)”

This quote is from the last scene in The Taming of the Shrew. At a dinner party with Katherine’s friends and family, she makes a shocking speech declaring that women must be obedient to their husbands, because women must be protected by men. 

In The Proposal, Margaret and Andrew interact in ways that send the same message.

In this scene, Margaret and Andrew go on a boat ride. When Margaret tries to operate the boat, she falls out of the boat and into a lake. Unable to swim, Andrew must pull Margaret out of the water, saving her from drowning. In the film there are also other scenes like this where Margaret seems unable to do anything for herself and Andrew must sweep in and save the day. For example, Margaret cannot walk down a ladder without Andrews assistance. Nor can she turn on a computer in an internet cafe without him showing her how, which seems strange since it would make sense that a highly-esteemed book publisher would know how to operate a computer. In the films final scene, Andrew confronts Margaret in the office, declaring his affection to her in front of the entire staff of the company. When Margaret tries to interrupt him, he yells at her “I told you to shut up!”. The two kiss, and the scene ends with a co-worker yelling “Yeah! Show her who’s boss Andrew!”

As the film progresses Margaret becomes more reliant on Andrew. By the end of The Taming of the Shrew, Katherine is totally and utterly reliant on Petruchio. Both works send the same message: women must rely on men, otherwise they are shrews. When Andrew “takes control” in the final scene, he has successfully “tamed” Margaret. When Katherine relinquishes her entire identity for Petruchio, he has successfully “tamed” her. On the surface, The Proposal may seem like a role-reversal of The Taming of the Shrew, but the film falls into ancient tropes the still dictate the way men and women relate to each other in television, film, and other forms of media. 

Works Cited

Shakespere, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York, NY: Washington Square, 1992. Print.

The Proposal. Dir. Anne Fletcher. Perf. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2009. DVD.

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Standards vs. Love

 Comparing "The Taming Of The Shrew" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

 

Many people in the world believe in romantic love. The feeling that you see a person and you know that they are the one. Taming of the Shrew has Lucentio and Katharine. Lucentio has his encounter with a woman named Bianca and it’s their love at first sight for him. Katharine wants to be in a relationship, but she wants a husband that is up to her standards. The movie Crazy, Stupid, Love has Julianne Moore as Emily Weaver a woman who thought she had what was needed for a healthy marriage until she cheats on her husband. The two got a divorce and Emily goes throught the movie trying to find out what she wants in life.  At the same time Jacob Palmer who is a man who has standards, but isn’t really looking for love until he meets Hannah who he falls in love with at first sight even though he himself never believed in romantic love. Both Shrew and Crazy, Stupid, Loveboth show characers looking for true love, but the difference is the standards that s person has in ‘shrew’ based on if the person fits that one standard while inCrazy, Stupid, Love the person does not have to fit any of them and still be together..





Katharine::I pray you sir,is it your will to make me a stale amongst these mates


(Act 1, Scene 1, 57)





    Baptista suggest that either Grumio or Hortensio marry Katharine so that one of them may marry Bianca. The statement offends Katharine and she says how she would be seen as a laughingstock if married to these men. This shows that she wants a husband who fits her standard which is why she rejects Grumio and Hortensio who do not meet her standards.



Emily also feels that her relationship with her husband is one of ridicule.


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  In this scene Emily has just told her husband that she want a divorce. The car is uncomfortably silent and Emily says “25 years of marriage and you can’t say anything.” Kate wants a husband that meets her standards while Emily obviously has been with a husband who has not.The scene in the car has the audience feel that their marriage was nothing with the 25 years commitment, but still show that Emily believed that she and her husband had something between them regardless of standards.


Petruchio: Happily to wive and thrive, as best I may


(Act 1, Scene 2, 57)

In this scene Petruchio is telling Hortensio that he is looking for a wife. Notice how he says “as best I may” meaning that he is looking for a woman to at least fit one standard, but he will be satisfied if she does not meet all of them


Jacob has a similar experience in Crazy,Stupid,Love


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One of the first things Jacob says in this scene is “Me sitting across the bar for the last 2 hours not being able to take my eyes off you is a fact.” Unlike Petruchio, Jacob finds a woman that he doesn’t know if she fits his standards and still decides he must have her.  Before this scene, the director has purposely has the audience see Jacob in the background of the bar watching the girl he is interested in from afar. The director did this to show the audience that Jacob is honestly interested in the girl and that she fits the standards.



        Over the years the ability to accept one's faults regardless of standards has changed dramatically. Now a person could be against a persons standard, but still be compatible. I think this is because society now sees dating/courtship as an everyday thing rather than just picking or trying to be a suitor for marriage.



Shakesphere, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York City: A Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.


Ficarra, Glenn, dir. Crazy,Stupid,Love. Writ. Fogelman Dan. Carousel Productions, 2011. Film. 6 Dec 2013.


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Female Dominance In Relationships Can Be Deceiving

Comparing “Taming Of The Shrew” to “Deliver Us From Eva”


As “Taming Of The Shrew” proves, that female dominance in relationships can be deceiving. In “Taming Of The Shrew”,  Petruchio sets out to tame Katherine, a sharp-tongued, quick-tempered woman prone to violence, particularly against anyone who tries to marry her. Deceived by deception, Katherine eventually gives up fighting with Petruchio and instead gives her unconditional love to him. In the 2003 romantic comedy “Deliver Us From Eva”, a similar situation happens. Ray, the neighborhood playboy, is bribed by his friends and is sent to tame Eva, a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. The plan goes by smoothly, but troubles comes their way when Ray actually falls in love with Eva. Both “The Taming Of The Shrew” and “Deliver Us From Eva” makes it seem that females can often seem as though they have the upper hand in relationships because their controlling qualities, but it is actually the males who are more dominant because they can tame the females into doing what they want."


Though Petruchio and Ray have similar goals, they both use different tactics to prove their dominance and restore their position as alpha males. It shows that the expectation of a male in a relationship is to control any type of female dominance. These two situations are similar being  that they are formed around honesty and deception, though they differ by showing that the expectation of a male in a relationship is to attain authority and for a female is to be controlled.


PETRUCHIO:

“Signior Baptista, my business asketh haste,

And every day I cannot come to woo.

You knew my father well, and in him me,

Left solely heir to all his lands and goods,

Which I have bettered rather than decreased.

Then tell me, if I get your daughter’s love,

What dowry shall I have with her to wife?


BAPTISTA:

After my death, the one half of my lands,

And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.”

(Act 2, Scene 1)


In this quote, Petruchio and Baptista are conversing on the plan of wooing Katherine. Baptista agrees to pay Petruchio twenty-thousand crowns and half of his land if Petruchio succeeds in attaining Katherine love. On the understanding that Baptista is willing to go any extent on Petruchio wooing Katherine, shows male superiority to getting what they want. This aside makes the setting very intense.


In “Deliver Us From Eva”, Rays finds himself in a similar situation, but the way he approaches the issue is very different but interesting in a humorous way.

- “Eva is a piece of work, but we're prepared to make it worth your while to take her out. You're gonna pay me to go out with her?”

- When you do it, you have to make her fall in love with you, then you tell her you're leaving town and get her to go with you.

- Then you can dump her. It'll take her years to relocate. - Yes!

- Ray, Ray, look, I gotta be honest with you. Eva is a piece of work, but we're prepared to make it worth your while to take her out. You're gonna pay me to go out with her? Are you worried that that makes you look like a gigolo?  No. I mean, I kind of like that aspect. - Okay! All right. I'm in a financial bind.

In this scene, the husbands of Eva’s sisters are asking Ray to woo Eva. They informed him that he is to occupy her time so that she stays out of the affairs of their lives. They emphasize on the reason of him not getting emotionally attached to her. He refuses on the idea of the plan at first but then accepts after he is bribed with $5,000.


PETRUCHIO:

Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bed.

And therefore, setting all this chat aside,

Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented

That you shall be my wife, your dowry 'greed on,

And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.

Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn,

For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,

Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well,

Thou must be married to no man but me.

For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,

And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate

Conformable as other household Kates.


This is the scene from the play where Petruchio is attempting to woo Katherine. He lies and tells her things that would makes her feel pleasant inside, though knowing they are all untrue. For example when he says that though everyone denounces her of being called pretty Kate, he believes she is the prettiest Kate in the world. He then went on to saying that he wants to marry her. To his surprise, Kate reacts differently than what he’d expected.


PETRUCHIO:

Marry, so I mean, sweet Katherine, in thy bed.

And therefore, setting all this chat aside,

Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented

That you shall be my wife, your dowry 'greed on,

And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.

Now, Kate, I am a husband for your turn,

For, by this light, whereby I see thy beauty,

Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well,

Thou must be married to no man but me.

For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,

And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate

Conformable as other household Kates.


Realizing that by beating around the bush and trying to please Katherine in a way is like begging for her love, which is not being dominant, he decides to cut to the chase and tell her the truth. After telling her the truth, he maintains his superiority by telling her whether she likes it or not, they are getting married. He then went on to state,” I’m the man who was born to tame you and change you from a wildcat Kate into a Kate as gentle and domestic as other household Kates.”


In this scene, Ray is put in a similar situation when consoles to telling Eva the plan. But, as Petruchio expresses his dominance in a controlling, less submissive manner, Ray chooses to express his situation in a more calm, passive, approach.


-”Look. I'm sorry, fellas.

I'm going to see Eva tonight, and the least I can do is tell her in person what I did.”

Eva,you don't understand.
-“ It's because of me.The only reason I went out with you...is because they paid me to. I was supposed to... make you like me, then trick you into moving away.But I didn't know you then. I didn't realize how wonderful you are. How much you changed me, make me wanna change.I know I was wrong, but….what we have is bigger than all the mistakes I've made.
 I'm certain of that.”


Showing that by being soft and gentle to the aggressive, you’re not only gaining dominance to their heart but to the person as a whole. This is what Ray does in this scene. He tells Eva the whole plan and in the end apologizes to her.Weakened by his honesty and sympathy, she eventually forgives him and accepts his apology. In turn, she agrees to marry him. DOMINANCE ESTABLISHED.


In conclusion both the film and play shows that though at times women might seem the more dominant in relationships, it is the males who are the superiority leaders. All women need is to be controlled(tame) in order to behave in the proper manner. The main ideas surrounding both is that men and women play different roles in society and even though how crazy it may seem  for men to always want control of women, men will always have that superiority because that’s what they were made to be.



BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Deliver Us from Eva. By Gary Hardwick. Dir. Gary Hardwick. Perf. Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J. Universal Studios, 2003. DVD.

SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.

"Deliver Us From Eva Script - Dialogue Transcript." Deliver Us From Eva Script. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.

"Watch Deliver Us from Eva (2003) Online for Free - Viooz." Latest Added Movies RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.

Director: Gary Hardwick


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Q2 Media Fluency

My slide has a picture of multiple gray eggs in the back with one bright red egg up front with the two words “BE DIFFERENT” in all caps right next to it. I wanted my slide to be simple and easy to understand with just a glance since it is a visual aid. After going on and reading the Presentation Zen website I had obtained enough information to know how to make my slide better with contrast,emptiness,size,alignment and more. The red egg is in the front and with a very vivid warm red it catches anyone's eye which is why I used it. Also the red contrasts with the gray and the darker red that the text is in. I also utilized spacing and emptiness so that the slide wouldn't get crowded and so you would be able to see everything clearly. Also so that everything would take up a balanced amount of space.

Now dealing with the size I wanted to make sure that people really far away could see it with no problem. I only put those two words on the slide because the picture is enough to get my point across that its okay to be different just look at me and inspires other people to be themselves also and not follow the crowd.   


Be Different
Slide reflection:

I changed the color of the  "E" in the word different to red so that it could further get the point across to be different. Also because of the advice I got from my peers during our class discussion. I also got rid of the underlining of the words and the period of the end because everyone wanted It gone so badly. Furthermore I changed the color of the words to match the gray eggs.finally i got rid of the negative space within my slide so now the words are aligned. During the discussion I've learned a lot of vocabulary and how to look at pictures and billboards in a different way.Also I learned not to use negative space between words because it's distracting to the eye. I will never look at anything the same after the class discussion and will forever look at a billboard or advertisment and think "does that follow the rule of thirds ?" 
Be Different
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Changing for the Better

Comparing “Taming of the Shrew” to “Hitch”

 

In the play of “Taming of the Shrew” and a modern romantic comedy movie "Hitch," they both portrays control and power from a male and female perspective, causing a physical and mental change in the other person of a relationship. In the play, Kate is a more complex and harsh person than Petruchio. This is when power and demand comes into play from a male perspective. Petruchio “tames” her to become a better person than before, so they can be compatible with each other, relating to Hitch and Sara, only Sara is the controller in this relationship. 

Viewing control and power in a female’s perspective in the movie “Hitch,” Sara, a magazine gossiper, dates a dating professional named Hitch, in which she never knew he was a dating expert in wooing women, until her best friend has been with one of Hitch’s clients and been through a one-night stand. This showing that Hitch and Kate have to make a change for their relationship to work. Petruchio and Sara are the controllers of the relationships. In the play and the movie, it shows that sacrifice has to be done because of the change. Kate and Hitch have to put out their old lifestyles for the better. Never-ending relationships only work well when there is control over another person so that one can change to become compatible with each other regardless of gender, as portrayed by Petruchio and Sara as the controller of the relationship.

“I swear I’ll cuff you if you strike again.”

(Act II, Scene i, 234)


In this quote of Petruchio, he neglects everything towards Kate, his wife, to get the best out of her, when taming her. The usage of threat towards her is his method of choice to get her to become a better person, ignoring all her feelings. He’s trying to break the negative boundary that Kate is having. The reason is that because Petruchio is in control of the relationship.


Similar to Petruchio taming Kate, Sara uses a more harsh tactic of exposing Hitch as the date doctor to the community to tame him.
Hitch 1
     In this startling scene, Sara is talking angrily to her boss on planning on publishing the recordings of Hitch teaching one of Sara’s co-workers on how to woo women, which was Sara’s plan to find out if Hitch is a date doctor or not. Sara speaks angrily to her boss “Well, he’s going to have to hide behind a lot more than that once this hit the fan.” Her plan is to ask one of her male co-workers, without Hitch’s knowledge, to ask Hitch for dating advice and the co-worker records the evidences of Hitch teaching him on how to woo women. Sara doesn’t want Hitch to be this way because he teaches men to be someone that they are not, in which the women would fall in love with a “fake” man. This is her way of getting back at Hitch because she was tricked by Hitch’s tactics of wooing women by pleasing them. Sara dated Hitch before she found out he’s a date doctor. She still likes him, however. Therefore, she wants to change him to be true to himself. Relating to the way of taming of the “Taming of the Shrew” and “Hitch”,  Petruchio’s way of taming is more direct towards Kate and Sara’s way is more passive and more modern of using a recorder to expose and tame him. However, Petruchio and Sara both took control of their relationships and their ways of taming are both offensive and effective, even through with different genders. In society, the stereotype is that men is always in control of women, but that isn’t true in anyways. Having control over someone in a relationship can be a man or woman, as shown with Sara and Petruchio.

"In token of which duty, if he please,

 My hand is ready, may it do him ease."

(Act V, Scene ii, 194-195)

  In this quote, Kate made a speech about how women shouldn’t behave carelessly at the banquet celebrating the newlyweds. The husbands all demanded the wife to come out of the room and to see their husbands. None of the wives came out, except for Kate. That’s when she made the speech. This is the ending scene of the play, showing that Kate is tamed and is obedient towards Petruchio. This interprets that Petruchio took control over her and having that said, she’s now a new person, that had sacrifice her original lifestyle. She’s now living up to the men’s expectation, which was never portrayed in the play before until the end.


Kate shows a clear change in her personality from the beginning of the play ‘til the end and Hitch is just about in the same position as Kate.
Hitch 2
  In this scene, Hitch realizes that being someone else to woo women isn’t always the right choice to do. Hitch says to Sara “But here I am Sara, falling. And there is only one person that can make me feel like I can fly, is you.” Hitch realizes that being with Sara requires a change in his personality because they are both completely different people. Sara fell in love with the fake identity of Hitch at first. Change and power from Sara took control of Hitch by attempting to publish the recordings of Hitch giving advice to woo women. That made him the person that he is and for Sara to love him back for who he really is. In the “Taming of the Shrew”, Kate plays as a role similar to Hitch because they showed a change in person because of control from their partner in the relationship.  
       “Taming of the Shrew” and “Hitch” shows a clear understanding of change to become a better person for a relationship to continue. Hitch met someone that he likes for the first time. Sara, however, likes Hitch as well but Hitch doesn’t meet Sara’s expectations to be with someone like him. For the “Taming of the Shrew”, Kate realizes what the expectations is for being a women. Therefore, she changed to be with Petruchio. In today’s society, men and women needs to be compatible with other for the relationship to be successful. If there are two differences in personalities, then one person needs to take control of the other person to change them to be compatible with each other, regardless of gender. Stereotypically, men are the ones who is usually in control. However, the media breaks this boundary of that stereotype, bringing men and women to have equal control in both genders.

Work Cited

Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York City: A Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.

Tennant, Andy, dir. Hitch. Writ. Bisch Kevin. Foreign Theatrical Distributor, 2005. Film. 6 Dec 2013.

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Dream Big...

Presentation Option #1

One thing about me is I like to play basketball. Its a fun sport to play and also a rough sport to play. The things I look back on when I think of basketball and the NBA are the greatest accomplishments that could possible be done. Back in the 1900’s, a man by the name of wilt chamberlain (Former sixers player and Lakers player) Scored 100 points in a single game against the New york knicks. I thought to myself “how is this even possible? This is amazing!” Another great accomplishment that happens in the NBA is winning a championship. The glory players must feel when winning a championship is indescribable whether it be from back then or now. Dreaming big is what can get you ahead and putting in the hard work to accomplish that dream. That is something I admire about some of these NBA players. They go for a dream and make it happen. That is something I would like to do one day. I used a majority of colors such as red, orange, white, silver and yellow. All of the colors I used were hot colors. I used the full size of the presentation to try to make the explanation of my slide as simple as possible. The shapes I used in my presentation were mostly squares and circles. I used no 3 dimensional pictures. I created imaginary lines to create the alignment of the pictures I chose. There is no specific pattern to the presentation rather then having to do with the presentation slide itself. This is my slide.


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Media Fluency

My background was black and the photograph that I used varied between different shades of light blue, making it stand out from the page. (Light-dark combination is a type of contrast style mentioned on presentationzen.com. )

This was strategic because I was going for something simple that would be memorable. 

While creating my slide I tried to  take into account that sometimes, space says just as much as words. And f

ollowing the rule of thirds, the photograph and words are placed to take up a balanced amount of space.

That having been said, I chose to leave my slide for the most part wordless, because

it wasn’t necessary to accompany the photo with a lot of script. 

Each of the letters were individually placed at even spacing because, to my knowledge, Google Docs (drive.google.com) does not offer a kerning option. Also they are size 85pt and about the same colour as the lightest shade of blue in the photo, emphasizing the contrast.


Media Fluency
Based on the critiques from my peer and Ms. Hull, I made the font slightly larger and centered both the image and the script so that the slide would feel more balanced. Also, I experimented with shadows and different color combinations, but in the end kept true to my original theme.
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Quarter 2 Reflection 2

Reflection 2 Quarter 2

Zack Hersh  Señorita Manuel



La Silla Caliente de Ruben Amaro


Los Phillies no ha tenido temporadas buenas las dos temporadas pasadas. Despues del ano donde Los Phillies tuvo un registro de ciento y dos y sesenta, dos mil once, la mayor en su historia, ellos meramente fueron cinco cientos, con un registro de ochenta y uno y ochenta y uno. Los fanáticos de los Phillies estaban aún más infeliz cuando el año después ellos tuvieron un registro de setenta y tres y ochenta y nueve. Lo fue esta temporada.

Los fanaticos culpaban a Charlie Manuel, el gerente viejo de los Phillies, pero desde él fue despedido en agosto, culpan a Ruben Amaro Jr, el gerente general de los Phillies. Es su trabajo como gerente general para encontrar jugadores nuevos para el equipo, y sus decisiones no han estado el mejor, creen la mayoría de los fanáticos. Muchos de los jugadores en el equipo son veteranos, como Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, y Jimmy Rollins, pero el continua firmar más veteranos, como Marlon Byrd este invierno. El equipo carece de jugadores jóvenes, y ellos solo va a envejecer. Ruben Amaro está en la silla caliente de los Phillies. El éxito del equipo es su responsabilidad. El futuro del equipo está en sus manos.

 

Palabras: 202


Gonzalez, Will. "La silla caliente de Rubén Amaro."Ponte Al Día. Al Día, 04 Dec 2013. Web. 8 Dec 2013. <http://www.pontealdia.com/philadelphia/la-silla-caliente-de-ruben-amaro.html>.


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Father’s Approval

Comparing "Taming of the Shrew" to "Coming to America"

Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew", starts out by showing the reader that in relationships parental interference plays a big role and is part of the root of a relationship. In "Taming of the Shrew" the father of Katherine and Bianca Batista, is the person that one must go through and satisfy in order to have his daughters hand in marriage. The leading man (Akeem) and lady (Lisa) in the 1988 movie “Coming to America” struggles with mating with the one that their true heart desires because of their parents. Akeem’s and Lisa’s father both want their child to marry the person of their choice. 

Although Baptisia, King Jeffe (Akeem’s father), and Cleo (Lisa’s father) already have their hearts set out on who and how their daughters/son should marry, each of their interest is set out in different directions. Baptisia has a role that the eldest daughter must get married first in order for the young to get married. King Jeffe wants his son to marry a woman who was raised to be an obedient queen of which he wants to choose for Hakeem. Cleo wants his daughter to be romantically involved with a man who has a lot of money. In this movie and play the parents have a big say therefore if they say no not much goes right. Although in both “Taming the Shrew” and the movie “Coming to America” the father figures have influence over their children's choice of their spouse, the two situations are different because the expectations in the movie are even higher than the ones in the play. This reflects that parents seem to be more involved in their children’s relationships today. 

In Act 1 scene 1 lines 48-54 of “Taming the Shrew”, in Batista's home two men name Lucentio and Hortensio come before Baptista to ask for his youngest daughter, Bianca’s hand in marriage. Baptisia walking into the scene with both daughter responds by saying “Gentlemen, importune me no farther, For how I firmly am resolved you know: That is not to bestow my youngest daughter Before I have a husband for the elder. If either of you both love  Katherine, Because I know you well and love you well, Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.”Basically what Baptista is saying that no one can persuade him from his final decision which is his the eldest daughter, Katherine must marry first before Bianca can get married. If one of them would like to take Katherine in order to get to Bianca they can. In the century of the book one had to pay for the bride to be ones so already in order to marry one would need to have  money. But Baptista wanted nothing more than for his first daughter to be married for the belief was if a women grew old with no husband she would wither away in hell. Baptista continued on by saying that since they are “friends” if they would like to have Katherine along with Bianca they could. Not caring what would happen to the both of them afterwards. They really wanted Bianca to begin with and even said so. As long as Katherine is married first is all he really cared about. Showing that nothing else really matters but that one thing. Though asking for Katherine to get married first is a big thing it is not as big as characterizing the spouse for Katherine and Bianca.

hakeem & father

In this scene of the movie Coming to America Prince Akeem explains to his father why he is not feeling well. He wishes to do things himself, especially choose his own bride. But King Jeffe tries to assure him that the women he has already chosen is the perfect fit and that Akeem shouldn’t have to worry about a thing, after all he is a prince. At the breakfast table once King Jeffe sees that it is really about not choosing his own that bothers Akeem he shouts “Aha!” feeling successful to have “cracked the code”. He starts out by trying to guilt Akeem of how he and his mother have gone through a great deal of trouble to find his queen. Then he eases the tension by including that she was raised to do everything a queen would. When Akeem tries to dismantle what the king says by asking “What if I do not love her?” The king disregards the question and acts on it as if it was just the wedding jitters talking and replying that it is normal to be nervous about meeting her. Then Akeem’s mother joins in and supports the king’s response by telling her experience on meeting Akeem’s father and how nervous and terrified she was. The king ends off by saying “You see my son there is fine line between love and nausea.” and how doing things for oneself is an overrated experience. The camera shoots each person by themselves when they talk because each person has a different thought to say but when Akeem first comes and sits by his parents all of them are shown in one shoot and then it just goes to Akeem and his father. Also in this conversation the camera is mostly being viewed on the father which reflects on how Akeem’s father keeps his head up high. Which reflects that the king stands firm on each decision he makes and when it comes to his son he knows best. The only reason why the king want to pick Akeem’s bride for him is because he wants her to have all the characteristics and qualities that he thinks are more than acceptable to him. She has to be exactly what he wants for Akeem. 

As one can see, though the king and Baptista start with similar tactics of persuasion they end the conversation in contrasting topics. Baptista says to his servant“Nay, let them go, a couple of quiet ones.” (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 245) The situation that happened for this quote to be said by Baptista in the book was Katherine’s wedding day with Petruchio. Petruchio seemed to be a fine man who wanted Katherine’s heart until he decided to show up late, drunk, and  in rags to be married in. During the wedding, he threw the bible on the ground and punched the  priest. Soon after the wedding and the dinner he suddenly wanted to leave with Katherine as fast as possible. But Katherine and Baptista wanted to them both to stay least for a little while. But Petruchio was already set on leaving, so Katherine told him if he really loved her he would stay. His response was that was to tell his servant to get the horses ready. After this, Katherine refused to do anything with him, so he sweet talked her onto his side. They ended up leaving anyway and Baptista says that quote which means just let them be, they are a peaceful couple. Katherine’s happiness is the least of Baptista’s concerns. As long as she’s married and seems to be taking care that’s all that matters. Baptista witnessed the unstable things Petruchio did and still let Katherine go off with him and went about his life. 

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Later in the movie as soon as Cleo finds out that Akeem is a prince he completely and fully accepts the relationship between Akeem and his daughter and tries to take Lisa’s ex-boyfriend out of the picture. During this scene Akeem take’s Lisa home from their date and evidently Cleo tries to keep him over so he can inform Akeem’s father about his whereabouts. When seeing Akeem, Cleo greets him with a big smile (like never before), welcomes him into his home, offers and insist that he has a seat and drink, and says how they need to start talking to each other more. While Cleo slips to get the drink he actually goes into the kitchen to tell Akeem’s dad his address and that he’s here. Soon after the doorbell rings and Cleo answers. It’s Lisa’s ex-boyfriend Darryl with roses (before Cleo found out about Akeem’s throne he and Darryl planned to get Darryl and Lisa back together and it was set to tonight). Once Cleo opens the door and sees it Darryl he slams it on his face. When Cleo comes back to Lisa and Akeem, Lisa asks who was at the door and Cleo lies that it was jehovah witnesses. Darryl rings the doorbell again and Cleo runs to the door practically tripping over the rug, trying the avoid the suspicion on Lisa and Akeem’s face, answers the door and yells at Darryl “Look! The girl doesn’t like you anymore! Can’t you get that through your greasy head!” and slams the door before Darryl could finish his sentence. The third time Cleo has to open the door because Darryl knocked the door he says “I warned ya didn’t I?! Donny get him!”, his dog goes hurtling towards Darryl, biting and barking at him, and Cleo closes his door for the last time. Now that Cleo knows about Akeem’s riches he will stop at nothing to keep Lisa and Akeem together. He practically injured himself to do so. In this scene the camera is focused a lot on Cleo and his body language. His antsy movements in trying to make Akeem stay, the big smile on his face, sweet talk when Akeem’s around, the running to the door, and the vein on his head that pops up when he see’s Darryl at the door. By this one can analyze that not only does Cleo care about who has more money for his daughter and himself but he finds that it is up to him that no one stands in his way. 

Though Cleo and Baptista both want their daughters to be married it is for different reasons if which are on different scales of stakes. In the end of “Taming the Shrew” Katherine stays married to the wretched Petruchio, endures his treachery and Baptista questions nothing about their marriage. In the movie “Coming to America” all of the parents secretly discussed it out and allow Akeem and Lisa to wed one another. One can see that in both the play and the movie the parents are the ones who seem to make the all the decisions for their child and have the power to do as they please in whatever form or shape. But what separates and classifies the two is that in the movie the parents are more absorbed and have interest in the relationship of their kin than of the parent in the play. Society evolved and change the ideal parent from being carefree and have a couple rules to a more involved parent with more of a higher standards for their children. The book and The movie both reflect that parent involvement in their children's love life is more common today than any other time period.

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Darius Purnell Q2:Media Fluency Slide

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I am greatness. Three simple words that could mean a lot to a person. I believe these words describe every ounce of me. Many people know thought I wouldn’t make it far into the second quarter of my first year of high school. They thought it would be way too hard for me and expected for me to fail. But I AM GREATNESS. I have talents and skills that might not show. But I AM GREATNESS. My passion is creative writing including poetry and stories. I may not be as good as others now, but just watch you never know. My goal is to be the next Tyler Perry. I hope to be nominated against him for an award it doesn’t matter which of the two of us win. I just want the feeling that I’m just as good as my idol and hero. Tyler Perry is able to relate to everyone’s experiences or change someone’s mind set in each of his work, I plan to do the same. I have faith in myself, I trust myself. I believe… I AM GREATNESS!

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What i changed about my slide was the picture, text, and background color. With the picture i moved it over to the right and increased the size. Originally i was trying to make the picture bleed but people told me to just move it over and have the full picture. Also i moved the text over. I originally had it as a staircase form but i moved it so it had a pyramid form. Next i changed the color of the background from a dark popping blue to a glistening red. The blue wasnt working well with the text since it  was black so it was hard on the eyes. So i change it to red to calm down the eyes. From this presentation i learned that more eyes on ur work can help you to benifit the output
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"Having control can come in handy!"

Comparing “Taming of the Shrew” to “Bride Wars”

Everyone wants to have at least a some little amount of control on something, in “The taming of the Shrew”, one of the main men Petruchio believes to have complete control on a woman he plans on marrying, Katherine. In the movie “Bride Wars”, two best friends since toddlers planned their entire weddings out until the day it all actually happens. The two friends do everything in their power to make their wedding better than the others with the mistake of the weddings being planned on the same day. The demanding ways both women used help and hurt to plan the day of their dreams. The husbands of both women were too scared to say the truth to their fiancés because they know it wasn’t what the girls wanted to hear.


Petruchio as well as both Emma and Liv want the same things, control. Especially Liv, her view on life is that she has to always be first. Petruchio was a man of honor, well at least in his eye. Everyone would bow at his feet and listen to his commands. After listening to the stories about a woman named Katherine by some men he came across, he thought he could woo her and make her become his by his rules. Something that Petruchio didn’t noticed was how stubborn she was. She was also about control and hard to please. Though these storylines are totally different they are still common in one way, having control. This goes to show that over many years, having the desire to be in control has not changed. Both of these stories reflect on the control that one has on their spouse which then helps the relationship in the end.  


Going back to the middle of the book act three, scene two, in “Shrew”, after Katherine agrees to marry Petruchio the wedding day finally arrived. The only thing was that the husband was late. Everyone’s questioning on what is happening until Biondello comes into the act.

Biondollo- “Why, Petruchio is coming in a new hat and an old jerkin, a pair of old breeches thrice turned, a pair of boots that have been candle cases, one buckled, another laced; an old rusty sword ta'en out of the town armory, with a broken hilt and chapeless; with two broken points; his horse hipped, with an old mothy saddle and stirrups of no kindred, besides possessed with the glanders and like to mose in the chine, troubled with the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of wingdalls, sped with spavins, rayed with yellows, past cure of the fives, stark spoiled with the staggers, begnawn with the bots, swayed in the back and shoulder-shotten, near-legged before and with a half-checked bit and a headstall of sheeps leather, which, being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst, and now repaired with knots, one girth six times pieced, and a woman’s crupper of velour, which hath two letters for her name fairly set down in studs, and here and there pieced with packthread.”

(Page 119; lines 42-62)

Biondelleo describes to the wedding party that Petruchio was coming but in a ridiculous outfit. This outfit was one of the first ways to show everyone Petruchio was in control. Though the outfit was horrifying as well as embarrassed Petruchio was making a point, that no matter what he puts Katherine, she will never really leave him. He know it would embarrass her but she was too into him that she wasn’t even going to fight back because she knew she wasn’t going to win. The wedding continued and Petruchio and Katherine were finally married.


Now in the beginning of the movie “Bride Wars”, the first time where the women are shown to be controlling and the men have nothing to say.

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Both Emma and Liv have the amount of control on their men where they can do what they want and neither will say any comment in return. Both talking to their men about having a good time while the Bride of the wedding they’re at was about to throw the bouquet. 


Emma- “ Gotta go!”

(Man has a silent, mad face on.)

Emma then brings Liv along and she pocks her boyfriend in the chest and says,

They take it so seriously. And then leaves. 

Both men are standing together with a silent but mad face having nothing to say but to shake their heads. This goes to show both women have control over their men. In the case of “Shrew”, Petruchio has all of the control over Katherine and she is left silent. 

Now back to the “Shrew”, in act 5 scene two a gathering is going on and a bet has been placed. The bet has to deal with which man has the most control over their wives for them to listen and to obey to their orders. Two men already went to try and fetch the other wives but they did not listen. Petruchio's turn is next and he commands a suitor to go and fetch his wife. With a surprise from the guest in the room as well as Pertuchio,

Katherine walking into the room ready for a command.


Katherine- “What is your will, sir, that you send for me?”


Katherine- “Go fetch them hither. If they deny to come, Swinge me them soundly forth unto their husbands. Away, I say, and bring them hither straight.” 

           (Exit KATHERINE)

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Katherine went to go and fetch the other women. This proves that Petruchio not only won the bet but has the most control over his wife and she has not a word to say about it. She replies will straight positive answers ready for his command. 

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After the mixup of the weddings being placed on the same day both women promise that one will change their date but both are not giving up just yet.

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Liv- “She's gonna move her date. She always was the bendy one, even as a kid, remember?”



Liv has always been the controlling one ever since her and Emma were kids and she will not give up for anything. She always know that Emma would put her happiness up before anyones, she was just that type of person but not this time. After a while, Liv needed a maid of honor but she just brought her fiancée instead to pick out the “save the dates”. Emma was going to give in and call Liv to try and settle things out but she find out that Liv went behind her back and was about to break the promise. 

Talking with her future husband about giving in he tells her to call Liv to make up and what he didn’t realize what he said wrong about the “save the date” invitations. Emma was really upset and now it was her time to shine. “Not this time. "No. No, no, no, no, no.I am a bride too. Okay? I'm number one too!” Emma sending out a save the date email to all her friends except Liv to get her word out first. She's playing no more games now.

Katherine has nothing to say after Petruchio gave her the orders because she was under a high amount of control where she didn’t even know what to say other then okay and leave. With Emma and Liv their type of control over their husbands is that they would demand something and they would get it without their men saying anything in return. The men would just listen and stare. That goes to show how one has control, and the others stay silent.


Back to the “Shrew, after Katherine goes and fetches the other women like her master pleased she says a very long speech that amazes everyone in act five, scene two.

Katherine- “Fie, fie! Unknit that threat'ning unkind brow And dart not scornful glances from those eyes. To wound thy lord, thy king, thy governor. It blots thy beauty as frosts do bite the meads, Confounds thy fame as whirlwinds shake fair buds, And in no sense is meet or amiable. A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty, And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it. Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper, Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee, And for thy maintenance commits his body To painful labor both by sea and land, To watch the night in storms, the day in cold, Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe, And craves no other tribute at thy hands. But love, fair looks and true obedience— Too little payment for so great a debt. Such duty as the subject owes the prince, Even such a woman oweth to her husband. And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour, And not obedient to his honest will, What is she but a foul contending rebel. And graceless traitor to her loving lord? I am ashamed that women are so simple. To offer war where they should kneel for peace; Or seek for rule, supremacy and sway. When they are bound to serve, love, and obey. Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth, Unapt to toil and trouble in the world, But that our soft conditions and our hearts. Should well agree with our external parts? Come, come, you forward and unable worms!”

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Katherine goes on to say that one should obey whatever her husband has to command. He is the king, the leader and one should never think otherwise. Petruchio was amazed by the words and is convinced that she was tamed and his plan worked as wanted. 


At the end of “Bride Wars” after both girls were done sabotaging each other and making a big fight with the man they are suppose to be marrying they both just give up and give in. Both thinking and saying the same thing, Oh, this fighting is so dumb, I'm so sorry about everything.”

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At the end of both stories things actually work out for the better even though no one was expecting it. Emma found out about her true self and was convinced that the love between the man she was about to marry was “just a thing of the past”. While letting him go she remembered all she really needed was her best friend. In “Taming of the Shrew”, no one would've thought that Katherine and Petruchio would of ended up together but they did. He ended with an accomplishment and a wife as well as Liv but Emma ended off with something different, a new look on life. One partner having control in these relationship helped form them into what they really needed to be. Throughout the centuries nothing really changed about what society wants to see! They want to see someone wearing the pants in the relationship and one to watching them fit. 

Bibliography:  

-Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. N.p.: 1590-1592, n.d. Print.

-Bride Wars. Dir. Gary Winick. Perf. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. 2009. DVD.

-"The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)." Bride(: |-*| )Wars Script at IMSDb. N.p., 5 Jan. 2009. Web. 6 Dec. 2013.

-SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

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The Deception of Love

Comparing "High School Musical 2" to "Taming of the Shrew"


In William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, prankster Lucentio falls in love with the daughter of Baptista. Although he is suppose to be studying at a near by college, he disguises himself as her school master to woo her. He also sends his loyal servant Tranio to bid for her heart. In the 2006 Disney trilogy High School Musical 2, wealthy, and popular Sharpay has a crush on the schools basketball MVP, but he is in love with his year long girlfriend Gabrielle. She then attempts to woo him with a full scholarship to The Unniversity of Albakerky, which he so desperately needs. And a summer job at her family owned country club.  

The tactics used by Lucientio are not vastly different from the modern ways of wooing. In Shakespearean times the only thing needed to wed two people would be a large dowry  authorized by the brides father. Which is similar to strategy used by Sharpay in High School Musical 2, Sharpay uses her fathers wealth and dignitary position to entice Troy.  However the difference between the two text is that the Shakespearean daughters who were offered a dowry were later married off by the father, without the daughters consent. Sharpay’s strategy could not possibly work because Troy has say so in his future. These text reflect that the wooer’s use of deception can not a assure a relationship between two people. However, if their is genuine attraction from both individuals and consent from the fathers, their relationship can flourish into honest love .

Vincentio, Lucentio’s father, returns to his home, to discover his son has swapped identities with the servant, Tranio. And an impostor, assigned by Lucentio, is dressed as him. There is a dispute between the impersonators and Vincentio, which then leads to an attempted arrest. newly weds Luncientio and Bianca arrive. Then Lucentio begs his father and Baptista for their marital consent.  

Baptista: But do you hear, sir, have you married my daughter without asking my goodwill? (ActV, Scene 2, pg. 204) 

Vincetio: Fear not Baptista, we will content you. Go to!(ActV, Scene 2, pg.205) 

In this dialogue Baptista is concerned about the secret marriage, but Vincientio assures him that everything will be ok, as a long as we give them our blessing. Although Lucentio and Bianca eloped, their father’s approval validated their love. 


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Troy finds himself in a similar predicament were he needs consent from his father. After Sharpay’s flashes a potential scholarship at Troy. He begins to think he is some what in love with Sharpay, but he can’t differentiate how he feels about Sharpay and how desperately he wants the scholarship. Like Baptista, Troy’s father is ok with Troy liking Sharpay because of the guaranteed scholarship. In this case Sharpay’s dowry is a full scholarship and Troy has his father’s consent to validate their relationship.  

Lucentio had made his way to the home of Baptista where his desired lover, Bianca, resides. Lucientio disguises himself as Bianca’s school teacher in order to get in to her home, and woo her. When he gets there he has a plan to tell her all the things he is feeling so that she will know his true intent for being her music tutor.

Hic ibat, as I told you before, Simois, I am Lucentio, hic est, son unto Vincentio of Pisa, Sigeia tellus, disguised thus to get your love” 

(Act III, Scene 1, page 2)

Lucientio’s blunt way of communicating his emotions are similar to Sharpays frank advances towards Troy. Unlike High School musical Bianca is actually digging the confession from Lucientio. This straightforward confession is only working because Bianca likes the school master and allows him to continue revealing his plan disguised as a music lesson. 

Sharpay gets the brilliant idea to divulge her feeling for Troy through a song. She asks the hotel manager to bring him to this secret performance so that she can tell him how much she loves him. After she sings the song Troy doesn’t reciprocate the feeling leaving Sharpay feeling a bit defeated, but not too defeated because she made progress. 


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After her musical selection Sharpay ask Troy how he felt about the performance. He gives her a few pointers about how she could exclude the garish set and sing from the heart, alone. Sharpay replies “This could be our thing.” Then Troy fires back “ I have an our thing, it’s with Gabrielle.” Both Sharpay and Luncentio are essentially using the same tactics to express there love, but for these methods to be successful both parties involved must feel equally or greater about the each other.    

Although the dynamics of a relationship have evolved, the initial tactics to pursuing a relationship remain the same. When the ethical way of approaching someone isn’t a feasible, deception,and dowry will alway’s work. Especially with the father’s seal of approval. Money is commonly used as a wooing mechanism because it is easy to flaunt and can be received by everyone. A father’s seal of approval will always be necessary because of the patriarch role a father plays in his family. Although both High School Musical and the Taming of the Shrew reflect these tactics from different time periods, the common denominator remain the same. As long as the pursued party is attracted to the pursuer the relationship can with stand all odds. 



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Money, Love, Business

Comparing “Taming of the Shrew” to  “Can’t Buy Me Love”


 In the Taming of the Shrew, the play proves that marriage is a business transaction, so one may become more wealthy or become on a higher social class. In “Shrew” Petruchio is willing to marry Katherine for the money despite that no man will marry her because of her mean demeanor and hot temper. Katherine’s father Baptista negotiates in finding the right suitor, to get the best deal, for his personal gain. In the 1987 movie Can’t Buy Me Love”, Ronald Miller uses his money to pay off the lead cheerleader so he may become popular.


  Petruchio and Baptista both compare to Ronald but in “Shrew” Petruchio and Baptista want to gain money by marriage and Ronald wants to gain a higher popularity level by spending his money. So there methods of getting what they want are different. In “Shrew” Petruchio’s struggle is dealing with Katherine. He tries to tame her so she may become a bearable wife. Baptista struggle is finding a suitor that will benefit his greedy needs, so finding Petruchio plans out perfectly for him. “Shrew” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” both use or is influenced by money. In contrast, both movie and book end differently as “Shrew” Katherine is just tamed  and the Love is not real since it was only for money. In the movie after Ronald’s experience of popularity he eventually gets the girl. This reflects that over time Love is more true and isn’t just a business transaction, but money shouldn’t be used to manipulate love, also it shouldn’t be the only reason someone is in a relationship.


"Then tell me," he asks Baptista, "if I get your daughter's love, What dowry shall I have with her to wife?"

-Petruchio

(Act II, Scene i, line numbers 126-127)


  In this quote, Petruccio negotiates the terms of having Katherine with her father Baptista. This shows that he really isn’t interested in Katherine love, he’s worried about the “dowry” he may receive. Katherine’s repulsive vibes make Petruccio not want to Love but just to try to tame her.


In the movie,  Ronald Miller and Cindy Mancini negotiate the terms of their verbal contract to raise Ronald’s popularity status.
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In this scene from “Can’t Buy Me Love”, Ronald Miller and Cindy Mancini quickly negotiate the terms of the verbal contract. Ronald wants to spend a lot of time with Cindy which he thinks will increase his chances in being popular. Cindy agrees to the contract but barely as she tries to get as many “free days” as possible, which brings the comedic standpoint to the movie. Unlike in “Shrew” the negotiations were made for the women Katherine, instead of the women being apart of the negotiations in the movie. In both movie and play, there is no true love because money is manipulating their relationships.


"Be patient, gentlemen; I choose her for myself:

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

'Tis bargain'd '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! "


-Petruchio

(Act II, Scene i, line numbers 321-326)


 This quote from the book shows that Petruchio and Katherine have no real love because their whole relationship and marriage was a negotiation, so Petruchio could always have money, which Katherine would know nothing about. Petruchio tells his “plan” that he made secretly with Katherine which wasn’t true, saying she would put on a facade in public but when they were alone she would be submissive.


 In the movie, Ronald starts their relationship off in a bad way by offering Cindy money. Cindy was unsure at first but took it needing it desperately. 

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Ronald had to make an important decision at this point of the movie. Would he use his money for the telescope he’s been saving up for or spend this money on renting the head cheerleader so he may become popular his senior year of high school. As he approaches Cindy he knows she can’t resist his offer since she needs the money. He’s using his money to manipulate her at her time of need. It relates In “Shrew” because Petruchio has a great offer just as Ronald does in the movie to become more wealthy. This business transaction is the start of their relationship, that clearly manipulates Cindy’s mind because she agrees, to the offer.


 The fact that at the end of the movie Ronald and Cindy fall in love show that society still wants to see the happy endings in movies. At the end of “Shrew”, Baptista and Petruchio both filled accomplished because of their wealthier status but Petruchio didn’t find true love along the way. At the end of “ Can’t Buy Me Love” Ronald has a sense of awakening knowing he can’t use money to manipulate relationships and to become popular but he still finds true love, as he gets to ride off in the sunset on his lawnmower with the girl.  


Bibliography

1. Rash, Steve. "Can't Buy Me Love." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

2. Shakespeare, William. Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Raul Werstine. 
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What do We Expect?



Comparing Taming of the Shrew and the film Friends W. Benefits


“Taming of the Shrew” is one of many plays created by Shakespeare. In this play, there are 2 sisters going by the name of Bianca and Katherine. All the suitors in the play want to marry Bianca because of her commendable personality. While their Father, Baptista, has to basically go and hunt for someone who is willing to marry Katherine because of her unpleasant personality. Throughout the play, the family comes across a suitor named Petruchio who is willing to marry Katherine, the only problem is that he has to tame her.   There have been many films created that make this plays plot as their very own, however, the film Friends with Benefits have taken their own twist on things.  In this film, there is a women by the name of Jamie who is having trouble like Katherine from Taming of the Shrew, finding a man who wants to marry her. One day on her job, she is assigned to assist this man named Dylan who is also having problems with finding a spouse,  where they later become Friends with  Benefits.   throughout reading and watching both of these text, it is evident that women and men expect  that they are going to find someone, and when they do, there are expectations that they have to fill, however, those expectations have changed over the years.



"Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented

That you shall be my wife, your dowry ‘greed on,

And will you, nill you, I will marry you.

Now Kate, I am a husband for your turn,

For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty—

Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well—

Thou must be married to no man but me,

For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,

And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate

Conformable as other household Kates.

Here comes your father. Never make denial.

I must and will have Katherine to my wife.

"


(Act 2, Scene 1, lines 259-270)



When this quote was stated, Petrucho and Katherine just got news that they were going to be wedded. Petrucho was flattering Katherine  but sarcastically about how good of a person she was. He also goes on to describe what he expects from Kate.  Kate went back and forth wit him about how is trying to insult her and that if he wants someone to do something he expects her to.


There where similar traits from the scenario above that protruded out in  this scene below from “Friends with Benefits”




In this scene Dylan is now on a blind date. The girl however is not all what he expected. She is annoying, chafing and extremely childish. He goes on to making faces that show that he does not want her around him and that she is not meeting his standard and expectations as someone he sees himself compatible with.


The two scene described above shows exactly how the expectations of a man for a women and vise versa   ha has changed today. During the time that Shakespeare wrote “Taming the Shrew”, it was expected for the women to submit to her man. It was expected and more of requirement that whatever the man ordered the women to do she had to do it, no if ands or buts about it. The quote above shows that Petruchio expects his wife to submit to him and give show great servitude towards him or she is not demonstrating good traits of a wife. On the other hand, there is Dylan, were all he expect from his spouse is someone who loves him for him . SOmeone that  is suitable to live with and someone he is able to have a decent relationship. Dylan is expecting to find some one out there who is not going to chafe him and some one who is going to be easy to live with and love. It is quite evident that the characters of these text expected different things from their women.



"(to BAPTISTA) I pray you, sir, is it your will

To make a stale of me amongst these mates?

(Act 1, Scene 1, line 57-58)


Translation


May I ask, sir, if it’s your intention to publicly humiliate me, showing me off like a whore in front of these suitors?”

(Act 1, Scene 1, line 57-58)


Before Katherine stated this to baptista who is her father, she was in an argument with the suitors. They were basically all telling Katherine  that they were not there to marry her but they were their to marry  Bianca because Katherine was too much to handle, THis quote shows that Katherines expects that she will find a man without flaunting  around what she has and without having to have sex with them so that they want her.

In the film, friends with Benefits, Jamie is going through similar things illustrated below.




This image took place after Jamie had just had sex with this guy that she thought was the man of her dreams. When she went out to get both of them coffee, she turned around and he was leaving. He then said basically that he does not want her.  This moment resembles exactly what Katherine is going through in Taming the Shrew. The both expect that they are not going to have to have sex with a men so that he is going to be willing to stay with her. They both expect that they can be with someone and that they are going to except them for who they are not what they can do for them.


What happened in Friends with Benefits to Jamie  is slightly  different in What happened to Katherine in Taming the Shrew. In friends with benefits, Jamie can have  sex guys out of wedlock. However in Taming the shrew Katherine can’t.  This makes the situation different because the men in modern day have a different expectation than the men during the time Taming of the shrew was created.  The men in modern day, expect that they are going to have sex with you out of wedlock and/or whenever they want. While the men that were around during the time Taming of the Shrew was created know that in order to have sex with a women, they were going to have to mary.





Taming the Shrew and Friends with Benefits both have similar plots. Being as though they were placed in different times, those plots are also different. Friends with Benefits is focused more around sex while Taming the Shrew is focused more around power and control balance in a relationship.  However, the expectations in a relationship are some somewhat similar and different.  This showing that regardless of the time that you were born in, relationships are going to have some compartments that are the same and some  compartments that are different.

Cited SOurces 

Shakespeare, William. Taming of the Shrewd. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square, 1992. Print.

Friends with Benefits. Dir. Will Gluck. Perf. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Sony, 2011.
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What do We Expect?



Comparing Taming of the Shrew and the film Friends W. Benefits


“Taming of the Shrew” is one of many plays created by Shakespeare. In this play, there are 2 sisters going by the name of Bianca and Katherine. All the suitors in the play want to marry Bianca because of her commendable personality. While their Father, Baptista, has to basically go and hunt for someone who is willing to marry Katherine because of her unpleasant personality. Throughout the play, the family comes across a suitor named Petruchio who is willing to marry Katherine, the only problem is that he has to tame her.   There have been many films created that make this plays plot as their very own, however, the film Friends with Benefits have taken their own twist on things.  In this film, there is a women by the name of Jamie who is having trouble like Katherine from Taming of the Shrew, finding a man who wants to marry her. One day on her job, she is assigned to assist this man named Dylan who is also having problems with finding a spouse,  where they later become Friends with  Benefits.   throughout reading and watching both of these text, it is evident that women and men expect  that they are going to find someone, and when they do, there are expectations that they have to fill, however, those expectations have changed over the years.



"Thus in plain terms: your father hath consented

That you shall be my wife, your dowry ‘greed on,

And will you, nill you, I will marry you.

Now Kate, I am a husband for your turn,

For by this light, whereby I see thy beauty—

Thy beauty that doth make me like thee well—

Thou must be married to no man but me,

For I am he am born to tame you, Kate,

And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate

Conformable as other household Kates.

Here comes your father. Never make denial.

I must and will have Katherine to my wife.

"


(Act 2, Scene 1, lines 259-270)



When this quote was stated, Petrucho and Katherine just got news that they were going to be wedded. Petrucho was flattering Katherine  but sarcastically about how good of a person she was. He also goes on to describe what he expects from Kate.  Kate went back and forth wit him about how is trying to insult her and that if he wants someone to do something he expects her to.


There where similar traits from the scenario above that protruded out in  this scene below from “Friends with Benefits”




In this scene Dylan is now on a blind date. The girl however is not all what he expected. She is annoying, chafing and extremely childish. He goes on to making faces that show that he does not want her around him and that she is not meeting his standard and expectations as someone he sees himself compatible with.


The two scene described above shows exactly how the expectations of a man for a women and vise versa   ha has changed today. During the time that Shakespeare wrote “Taming the Shrew”, it was expected for the women to submit to her man. It was expected and more of requirement that whatever the man ordered the women to do she had to do it, no if ands or buts about it. The quote above shows that Petruchio expects his wife to submit to him and give show great servitude towards him or she is not demonstrating good traits of a wife. On the other hand, there is Dylan, were all he expect from his spouse is someone who loves him for him . SOmeone that  is suitable to live with and someone he is able to have a decent relationship. Dylan is expecting to find some one out there who is not going to chafe him and some one who is going to be easy to live with and love. It is quite evident that the characters of these text expected different things from their women.



"(to BAPTISTA) I pray you, sir, is it your will

To make a stale of me amongst these mates?

(Act 1, Scene 1, line 57-58)


Translation


May I ask, sir, if it’s your intention to publicly humiliate me, showing me off like a whore in front of these suitors?”

(Act 1, Scene 1, line 57-58)


Before Katherine stated this to baptista who is her father, she was in an argument with the suitors. They were basically all telling Katherine  that they were not there to marry her but they were their to marry  Bianca because Katherine was too much to handle, THis quote shows that Katherines expects that she will find a man without flaunting  around what she has and without having to have sex with them so that they want her.

In the film, friends with Benefits, Jamie is going through similar things illustrated below.




This image took place after Jamie had just had sex with this guy that she thought was the man of her dreams. When she went out to get both of them coffee, she turned around and he was leaving. He then said basically that he does not want her.  This moment resembles exactly what Katherine is going through in Taming the Shrew. The both expect that they are not going to have to have sex with a men so that he is going to be willing to stay with her. They both expect that they can be with someone and that they are going to except them for who they are not what they can do for them.


What happened in Friends with Benefits to Jamie  is slightly  different in What happened to Katherine in Taming the Shrew. In friends with benefits, Jamie can have  sex guys out of wedlock. However in Taming the shrew Katherine can’t.  This makes the situation different because the men in modern day have a different expectation than the men during the time Taming of the shrew was created.  The men in modern day, expect that they are going to have sex with you out of wedlock and/or whenever they want. While the men that were around during the time Taming of the Shrew was created know that in order to have sex with a women, they were going to have to mary.





Taming the Shrew and Friends with Benefits both have similar plots. Being as though they were placed in different times, those plots are also different. Friends with Benefits is focused more around sex while Taming the Shrew is focused more around power and control balance in a relationship.  However, the expectations in a relationship are some somewhat similar and different.  This showing that regardless of the time that you were born in, relationships are going to have some compartments that are the same and some  compartments that are different.

Cited Sources 

Shakespeare, William. Taming of the Shrewd. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square, 1992. Print.


Friends with Benefits. Dir. Will Gluck. Perf. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Sony, 2011.
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La casa donde nació Walt Disney en Chicago se convertirá en un museo.


Chicago, una gran ciudad en los Estados Unidos tiene un mayor anunciado. El icono del entretenimiento, Walt Disney vivido en la ciudad de Chicago y ahora su casa es un museo. El productor y director de cine, Walt Disney era un niño en la casa. ¡Ahora todos los personas puede aprender sobre su vida!


Hay un película sobre Walt Disney y la escritor de el libro Mary Poppins. Walt Disney necesitas hacer un filme. Todo el mundo puede aprender sobre cómo una famoso película era crear. Desde mi punto de vista la museo y la película es mucho de celebración por una persona.


Walt Disney, para mi, es muy comercial. El no por la arte. Sin embargo, él era en el comienzo. Él era muy bien con Mickey Mouse y Donald Duck. Pero después las caricaturas antiguas, Walt Disney tiene más dinero y él fue comercial.


Demasiado dinero es no bien. Al contrario, Walt Disney es un gran trabajador, y es parte de todos los personas vidas. Él tiene estado un grande influencia.


Yo leí el artículo por que yo estoy curioso sobre Walt Disney. ¿Qué era vida por Señor Disney? ¿Cómo él vive? ¿Bien o mal? Yo aprendí que Walt Disney vivido en la ciudad de Chicago. La palabras yo aprendí era comienzo, productor, crear y más.


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The Force of Love

The Force of Love
Comparing "Taming of the Shrew" to "The Proposal"

The idea of deception in marriage has been around for centuries, as seen in the play “Taming of the Shrew” written in the 1500’s. Petruchio, one of the main characters in the play, marries Katherine purely based upon his personal gain. The movie “The Proposal” made in 2005, portrays a very similar story line through the character of Margaret.

Although Petruchio and Margaret’s motives for marriage are similarly selfish, the outcome of the deception is very different. Petruchio is blinded by the idea of wealth and power. Margaret is blinded by the commitment to her job. Petruchio continues this greediness throughout his life causing an unsuccessful marriage altogether. However, Margaret ends up falling in love which was never the plan and the couple lives happily ever after. The play and the movie reflect that having a successful marriage can only be possible with equal love from both sides. A successful marriage cannot be forced.


"Thou know’st not of gold’s effect. Tell me her father’s name, and ‘tis enough; For I will board her, though she chide as loud as thunder when the clouds in autumn crack."

(Act 1, Scene 2, lines 94-97)


In “Shrew”, Petruchio believes money will make him happy. In this quote, Petruchio says he will marry Katherine despite her renowned temper because the wealth is worth anything. Petruchio doesn’t care about love in a relationship, as long as he has the money he will be happy.  



Much like Petruchio, Margaret decides to get married for the personal benefits. However, instead of for wealth she is marrying in fear of getting deported.


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In this screenshot, Margaret has just been told her bosses that she is in danger of being deported back to Canada, where she will not be able to pursue her career as a successful book editor. To avoid being deported she tells her bosses she is getting married to Andrew, her assistant. Andrew had no say in the decision and was taken much by surprise, which can be seen by the astonishment on his face after hearing the news. Margaret’s reasons for marriage are extremely similar to Petruchio’s because both lack love in the relationship and are only in it for the personal benefits.



“I am ashamed that women are so simple to offer war where they should kneel for peace.”

(Act 5, Scene 2, lines 177-178)



This quote suggests that Katherine surrenders herself to the marriage. All throughout the play Katherine was a woman who stood her ground. The fact that she is giving into Petruchio’s fake marriage implies this tough-girl attitude may have only been a facade; deep down she was only looking for someone to love her. Katherine felt like this marriage was the closest thing to love she would ever get, therefore submitting herself to Petruchio. This marriage never became successful because of the force Petruchio put on Katherine to agree with him and change her ways.



Margaret also surrenders but instead of staying in the fake relationship, she gets out of it, resulting in a completely different outcome than that of “Shrew”.


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Margaret leaves Andrew at the altar, when she realizes her feelings for him are growing. The feelings of love start to form guilt and Margaret recognizes the faults in this forced marriage. At this point Andrew too, has generated feelings towards Margaret and realizes he cannot live without her. This is the scene where Andrew finally reaches Margaret again and asks her to marry him, “for real this time”. Unlike Petruchio and Katherine’s marriage, Andrew and Margaret create an honest and romantic relationship. The forced relationship was obviously unsuccessful but as soon as both characters shared feelings for each other the relationship became real as well.



The difference in the outcomes of the play and the movie only prove that love is essential to marriage. Happiness can only be achieved when the love is shared equally between two people. The idea of forced marriage caused by greed and selfishness has been apparent through the centuries but the idea of love being essential has certainly changed over the years. “Shrew” implies men are the powerful ones and women just follow their lead. Katherine continues to commit to a relationship that exhibits no love from either side. In “The Proposal” love is what brought the couple together again. After breaking off the fake wedding, Margaret and Andrew realized their genuine love for each other resulting in a real relationship after all.


Works Cited:

Shakespeare, William, and Thomas Goddard Bergin. The Taming of the Shrew;. New Haven: Yale UP, 1954. Print.

The Proposal. Dir. Anne Fletcher. Perf. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Touchstone, 2009. Online Video.


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The Shrew with 27 Dresses

How The Taming of the Shrew influenced the movie 27 dresses


Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the movie 27 Dresses, both have a similar plot that shows different a perspective about relationships and marriage. Katherine, a character from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, carries an aggressive attitude. Katherine is the oldest daughter of Baptista. No one wants to marry her because of the behavior she carries. which sooner makes Katherine become miserable and desperate in her life. Katherine’s younger sister Bianca, can not date or marry Lucentio, the man she loves until Kate does first. Petruchio comes in town and the only one who looks forward to take Katherine’s hand into marriage but she dislikes Petruchio. Jane from 27 dresses doesn’t like to say no to her friends when it comes to weddings, which she becomes the perfect bridesmaid that any bride can have, 27 times she has been. Jane is also the oldest sister. Jane is secretly in love with her boss George. Jane’s younger sister Tess, comes in town and sooner becomes engaged to George and it kills Jane to see her sister to fall in love with her secretly love. The main focus between Jane and Katherine is about the female ideas on courtship and dating. The Taming of the Shrew and 27 Dresses, both focus on the female perspective that love is a lie.


“ Of all thy suitors, here I charge thee, tell

Whom thou lovest best: see thou dissemble not”.

(Act II, Scene I, Line Number VIII)


In scene II, Baptista is the father of Katherine and Bianca. Baptista demands Katherine to stop abusing and insulting her younger sister. Petruchio arrives to Katherine’s house along with Lucentio and Horntenisio to present themselves. Petruchio disguises Horntenisio as Litio as a music teacher and Lucentio as Cambio as a teacher of languages. This was a favor to Lucentio. It was a desire for Petruchio to marry Katherine, They must get married for so, Bianca can marry Lucentio. Petruchio was insisting Baptista that she loves him and it wouldn’t be a problem with her behavior as we’ll. Petruchio and Katherine wedding was arranged. Between Katherine and Bianca, In the scene Katherine was interest into Bianca’s suitors, Bianca refuses to share details and considering that Katherine really wants to get married. As the scene goes along, It views the focuses on the female ideas based on Katherine on courtship and dating into Petruchio. Considering that Katherine does not emotionally feel attached to Petruchio, just yet Katherine does not look forward into marriage with Petruchio. 


Between The Taming of the Shrew and the movie 27 Dresses, Katherine and Jane may seem a lot similar to both based on each story line. There are other ways that the Shrew and 27 Dresses may seem differently in a way. Throughout different scenes it shows the female ideas between both characters Jane and Katherine on their reaction to men when it comes to romance love.   


SCENE 1: 


Sorry? You humiliated me in front of every single person that I know, and you think you could just say sorry? - Tess


In this scene of 27 Dresses, There was ignorance between Jane and Tess, that an argument was turned into. Before Tess came in the hardware store, their father tried to convinced Jane to solve thing out with Tess and ask for forgiveness. “All I'm saying is you two are sisters. You have got to work this out”, Says the father of Jane and Tess. When Tess enters the hardware store, their father and an employee exist the hardware store, to give Jane and Tess space to sort things out. “Tess, this is between you and her. I'm out of this. You know, Flo, have you seen the new weed whackers we've got out front? The latest model”, Says the father. Jane and Tess argument relates between Katherine and Bianca, when it comes to romance love. The argument was about, how Tess engagement was cut off. Tess lied about herself in the entire relationship and pretended to be another women that her ex- fiancé would look into. Tess ex- fiancé was also Jane’s secret love and refused to let her marry the love of her life. All Tess wanted was to fit in and to be successful relationship like Jane.  Everything changed when Jane set the powerpoint and revealed the real Tess. Even before the dinner rehearsal for the wedding. Even before, Tess became selfish and cut the dress of their mother who passed away, that she was suppose to wear on her wedding day that became into her own design. It was the only piece that kept the memory of their mother. Both characters Jane and Tess have an different perspective between love and marriage, but noticing in this scene shows the female ideas about romance love from two different personalities. Weather love is it real or not? 

 

“I am ashamed that women are so simple 

To offer war where they should kneel for peace, 

Or sneek for rule, supremacy, and sway

When they are bound to serve, love, and obey.”

(Act V, Scene 2, Line Number Line CLXXVII)


In Act V, Scene II, Lucentio and Bianca, Petruchio and Katherine, and Horteniso and the Widowm all attended the wedding banquet. At the wedding banquet, Petruchio have been teased that he married to a shrew. Petruchio tries to prove Lucentio and Horteniso wrong that Katherine will obey his demands but also he challenges Lucentio and Horteniso to call out their wives and to see who is the most obedient of them all within responding and obeying.  Neither Bianca or the Widown have refused to come to their husbands but Katherine was the only one to obey. At the moment, Petruchio wins the challenge but he also demands Katherine to bring out the other wives as we’ll. After Katherine arriving with the other wives, Katherine makes a long speech about women’s submission to their husbands. As Katherine goes along with the speech, she includes how women are simple and how women offer themselves to their husband differently. Women usually stand under command by their partner to be pleased by keeping them happy and to stay with the decision they are force to do. This is to show how Katherine and the other wives shows the female ideas within marriage and love. Not only Katherine disses women’s but she also gets the love that she deserves. “ My mind hath been as big as one of yours, My heart as great, my reason haply more, To bandy word for word and frown for frown”, Says Katherine in her speech. Katherine had changed her mind Petruchio even though that both of them has gone through difficult moments in their marriage. The way that Katherine perspective about her love life, weather it’s real or not? It gave her a chance to believe in it. 


Between The Taming of the Shrew and 27 Dresses, Katherine and Jane have gone through difficult moments within love experience and it may seem that both characters perspective may have changed their their minds about love and marriage. Both Katherine and Jane have realized the real definition about romance love. Is love real or a lie? they asked. At the end, they noticed who do they really love and who is actually beside them. They may have been different positions that no other would want to be in. But they also realized that women my be physically attached to pleased one another, but do women actually mean it? Do they do certain stuff to not let each other go?


SCENE 2:


 “ I want you to know, I think you deserve more than what you’ve settled for, I do. I think you deserve to be taken care of for a change.” - Kevin 


In this scene of 27 Dresses, Jane finally steps out for a change at the dinner rehearsal for the wedding of her sister Tess and her boss George. Everything changed when Jane set the powerpoint. Jane finally revealed the real side of Tess, who disguised herself to as an different person that would make someone George fall in love with her. George, was also known that he is the secret love of Jane. Jane refused to let her younger sister Tess to marry the love of her life. This was something brave and dramatic that Jane did for herself. Jane was sick enough and had to let the truth out for all to know that Tess was a lying throughout the whole situation. Through out that moment, the engagement was off, which made George furious about Tess lies. Jane felt guilty. Jane stepped outside from dinner rehearsal, into the streets. Kevin, who was there for Jane this whole time to watch her get hurt by her sister. Kevin and Jane, also had a love connection. “ I think you deserve more than what you settle for ”, Says Kevin.  At that moment Jane finally realized that she was wrong about hiding her love for George, where her real love was beside her the whole time. Kevin was the one for her. Kevin and Jane, had gone through difficult moment in the movie but at the end, they finally realized that they were made for each other. This is to sort out that love can be real. At times, you may not realized, what is love really about? Love is not going to show up at any time, It take patience to notice. This changes to female ideas about romance love from dating to marriage. 


Both The Taming of the Shrew and 27 Dresses includes love and marriage. Between both stories, the main focus were on the characters Jane and Katherine. Between both characters, shows the female ideas on courtship and dating. As female’s different perspective that love is a lie, but most females think that love are  emotional feelings. For some people, it makes no logical sense that love dose not make exist. Of course, love can be trouble concept but sometimes it can be proved wrong. Most relationships and marriage goal is to maintain each other to keep each other happy. Not many relationships and marriage are successful, there are many reasons why it becomes a failure but there are consequences that will be made with each other. 


Brosh McKenna , Aline, ed. "http://www.imdb.com/." 27 Dresses . N.p., 18 Jan 2008. Web. 8 Dec 2013. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0988595/>.


Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. New York, New York: Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.


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Love Is A Necessity Now

Comparing “Taming of the Shrewd” to “When Harry Met Sally”

One of Shakespeare’s comedic work, “Taming of the Shrewd,” makes it evident that the idea of romantic love was void within a relationship and was always about control. In this play, the character Petruchio, who married Katherine for the sake of money, wants to tame Katherine into an obedient wife. A modern comedy, “When Harry Met Sally,” however, celebrates romantic love. In this 1989 movie, Harry finally finds his true love as he reunites with his friend, Sally, and tried to win her heart by using some of Petruchio’s tactics. 

Even though Petruchio and Harry are both using the same tactics to win a maiden over, their objective and outcome are not the same. Despite having a fortune, Petruchio still wanted to expand his wealth by marrying Katherine. With an absence of love, Katherine was unhappily married to Petruchio after Petruchio wooed her by showing a sense of admiration toward her flaws. During their marriage, Petruchio uses his tactics to control Katherine. Harry, however, used these strategies to convey his love and sense of care for Sally, a woman who just stepped out of her loneliness of a relationship. Katherine strongly rejected the control in her heart that Petruchio wanted to place on her, whereas Sally feels the true warmth of love for the first time of her life. 

Harry and Petruchio were both trying to win somebody over by using the same tactics. However, Harry used these tactics for love rather than control. This reflects the changed social belief that love is a necessity in a relationship. 

“Say that she rail, why when I tell her plain, she sings as sweetly as a nightingale. Say she frown, I’ll say she looks as clear as morning roses newly washed with dew. When I shall ask the banns, and when be married…” 
(Act 2, Scene 1, pg, 87, lines 178-188) 

In this quote, Petruchio came up with a plan to woo Katherine in order to get himself what he wants, her dowry. His plan was to combat every bit of Katherine’s bitterness towards him into what he would express as an admiration of her. This situation shows Petruchio’s shallowness in love that results a bitter relationship with Katherine, who was not pleased of his false flattering. It shows that loveless sweet talks will not result a successful wooing. However, Katherine still married Petruchio because marriage was not about love in their time period. It is like a business dealing because Petruchio’s primary purpose for marrying Katherine was her dowry, not her love.  

In the last scene, Sally was heart-broken because of a failed relationship with her boyfriend and comfort herself by sleeping with Harry. After the night, Harry realized that he love Sally, while Sally said that their affair was accidental. In order to build a more romantic relationship with Sally, Harry used Petruchio’s sweet talks to win her over.  

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Harry proclaimed his love this way, “I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes." Unlike Petruchio who used this tactic to marry Katherine’s dowry after only minutes of their encounter, Harry used this strategy efficiently based what he know about Sally these past few years. His use of this strategy hit Sally’s soft spots by proclaiming that he love her flaws with an eager, serious tone. It strongly differs from Petruchio’s sweet talks that are more flirtatious, rather than serious. 

“I dare assure you, sir, ‘tis almost two, and ‘twill be supper time ere you come there [Katherine]. It shall be seven ere I go to horse. Look what I speak, or do, or think to do, You are still crossing it. Sirs, let’ t alone. I will not go today, and ere I do, It shall be what o’clock I say it is [Petruchio].”
(Act 4, Scene 4, lines 196-202)

Katherine wants to go to her sister, Bianca’s wedding, while Petruchio wanted to tame Katherine into obedience as he proclaimed that he should be the one deciding when they would go, not her. Petruchio used another tactic to control Katherine as he always opposes Katherine’s opinions and wishes in even the smallest of things claiming that it is seven o’clock instead of two. This constant opposition makes Katherine unsatisfied at heart while being falsely obedient on the outside. This constant quarrel for control caused tension in the relationship rather than building a sense of closeness between their relationship.  

Harry uses the same tactics on Sally as he wants to get Sally’s attention and putting his beliefs on Sally for her own benefit in a causal, humorous way.   
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In this early scene, Henry argued with Sally in the car about the necessity of sadness rather than complete happiness in life. He said, “You ever think about death...I spent hours. I spent days. When the shit comes down, I am going to be prepare and you’re not. That is what I’m saying [Henry to Sally]. In the meantime, you’re going to be ruining your life waiting for it [Sally to Henry].” This quarrel might seem childish and random, but, Harry expressed his care for Sally because she was happily working herself to death. 

Henry win Sally over wholeheartedly by using Petruchio’s tactics because he use it for the purpose of love and care for Sally. This successful proposal in the end of the movie reflects the society’s point of view on how it was love is necessity for a romantic relationship to be born. In Petruchio’s case, his society views marriage and relationship as a form of control or getting profit from their wives’ family. Even if Petruchio did get what he wants in the end, Katherine would still hold a secret grudge against Petruchio. If “The Taming of the Shrewd,” happens in the modern world, Petruchio's friends and family would have not approve this relationship as marriage were now to be thought as a lifelong commitment of love instead of impure intentions, like gaining wealth.   

Work Citations:
Shakespeare, William. Taming of the Shrewd. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square, 1992. Print.

When Harry Met Sally. Dir. Rob Reiner. Perf. Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Carrie Fisher. 1989. Web. 30 Nov. 2013. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5pci2fE96M>.

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