Comparing "Taming of the Shrew" to "Just Go With It”
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew shows how love can be perceived in many ways and how it may conflict with a character's state of mind. The root of love stems many questions within itself, and can be very hard to boil down to one sole ideal. Because of this, people who may believe themselves to be in love can find themselves questioning this fact and second guessing their feelings. This idea is seen throughout Dennis Dugan's Just Go With It.
In comparison with Taming of the Shrew, Just Go With It follows the story of a middle aged man named Danny who wants to find a synthetic love after being cheated on by his wife on his wedding day. Taming of the Shrew showcases the idea of a man named Petruchio who comes across as having a double sided personality- on one end, he is a man of honor who has endured many struggles while on the other he is a mercenary seeking to marry for wealth. Both pieces prove that the idea of loving someone is best approached when both parties have an understanding for one another because love isn't stagnant, but rather that something that develops through the progression of a relationship.
"I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happy in Padua."
(Act I, Scene II, 76-77)
In this quote, Petruchio conveys how he wants to be wed to a rich woman whom would make him happy. This shows how his idea of love is not the ideal idea but a philosophy he decides to live by. It also presses the idea of being in a relationship can be deceiving when one is in it for the money.
Danny in 'Just Go With It' also finds himself against a women who opposes his view points on their relationship.