Different Relationships with parents interference

Comparing “Taming of the the Shrew” to “Jumping The Broom”

     The book “The Taming of the Shrew” shows, how parents interference impacts a relationship. In “Shrew”, a character name Baptista who is the father of Katherine and Bianca has different expectations on having a relationship with his daughters. In the 2011 movie “Jumping the Broom”, the two characters Jason Taylor & Sabrina Watson are in love and decides to get married. The romantic couple planning the wedding into their special day both of their parents thats from two different places have expectations on their wedding as they meet each other for the first time.

Though Baptista was so protective over his daughters that he set lines on dating them. Baptista was interfering in the relationship setting orders and telling them the only way if they can get married if they do this or that. Bianca and Lucentio were two people from the “Shrew”, who had fell in romantic love and ended up to getting married. Katherine and Petruchio were two people from the “Shrew”, who had fell in romantic love and ended up getting married. By contrast, Jason Taylor’s mother Pamela Taylor interfered in his relationship with Sabrina Watson because she wanted to do a family tradition that the other family didn’t do in weddings. Also she was still treating Jason as a child and to overprotective on him. By Sabrina’s mother Claudine Watson and Jason’s mother Pamela Taylor not getting alone Pamela decided to tell Sabrina a big secret that ruined things. These texts reflect the way parents don’t respect or understand that their children are entitled to some form of privacy when it comes to their romantic relationships.

“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.”

(Act 1, Scene 1, 33-34)

In this quote, Baptista describes the order for his elder daughter Katherine and his younger daughter Bianca. He explains how someone has to fall in love with his elder daughter and marry her to then someone falling in love with his youngest daughter and marrying her. This quotes shows Baptista as a father interfering in his daughters romantic love affair because he setting an order for his daughters to get married.

The mother of Jason Taylor finds herself in the same situation in the movie, the broom by making Jason follow the family tradition to get married.

In the scene at the end of “Jumping The Broom,” Pamela Taylor states to her friend Shonda, “this is the broom that me and my husband use when we got married.” Sabrina then states to Pamela, “ me and Jason wanted to start our own tradition.” Unlike Baptista, she would break this wedding up before it starts if they won’t jump the broom. Throughout the movie she was trying her best to get her son Jason to follow the family tradition.  I think Jason’s mother was trying to do this because she wanted Jason to follow the family tradition and she felt like as a parent she need to interfere with the relationship by trying to get him to jump the broom.

“Gentlemen that I may soon make good What I have said- Bianca , get you in, And let it not displease thee, good Bianca, For I will love thee ne’er the less, my girl”

(Act 1, Scene 1, 37-38)

In this quote, Baptista describes to the gentlemen about how much he love his daughter and he want the best for her. He informing the men that whoever falls in love with his daughter Bianca better not displease her or it will cause less love in the romantic relationship.

The mother of Jason Taylor finds herself in a difficult situation when Sabrina is taking care of Jason in this situation so she told the truth which caused problems for the wedding.

In the scene at the end of “Jumping The Broom,” Jason is hurt on his wedding day and Pamela see’s how Sabrina is more supportive and helping him out more. She finds herself in a difficult situation as of her losing her son. She then decides to ruining the relationship by telling a big secret that Sabrina didn’t know. Pamela Taylor states to Sabrina, “you so worry about Jason and you don’t even know who your real mother is.” It was a very awkward moment and Sabrina wanted to know the truth so she went to ask her mother Claudine Watson for the truth and she found out thats not her mother. Sabrina then called off the wedding and run away as Jason chase after her.

Jason explains to his mother Pamela how she just ruined everything and that Sabrina never did anything to hurt her. Pamela doesn’t win in this situation and Jason finds Sabrina and ends off  jumping the broom and marrying her. Baptista two daughters ends “The Shrew”,  both married. Katherine marries Petruchio and Bianca marries Luchiento. At the end of “Jumping The Broom”, Pamela just knows where she stand now that her son Jason is married and has someone to take care of him.


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

Jumping The Broom. Dir. Salim Akil. Perf. Jason Taylor and Sabrina Watson. 2011. Film.