Cluelessly Tamed In The Name of Reputation
“Thus, in plain terms: your father hath consented
That you shall be my wife, your dowry agreed on,
And, will you, nill you, I will marry you.
Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 284-286
On page 83 of Taming of The Shrew, Petruchio makes the point that his wealth is prominent and asks what he can be assured if he marries Katherine. He is promised half of her father’s land and twenty thousand crowns once he is deceased. Petruchio says that for Katherine’s hand in marriage, she will receive all his lands and leases if her death succeeds his. Material possession played a role in the ability to create a romantic connection with someone. Later on when talking to Katherine, Petruchio informs her that she is indicted to marry him, whether she likes it or not. Hundreds of years ago, there was less choice and more force relating romantic connections compared to just a few decades ago.
Cher fell for a preppy exchange student, Christian. He asked to go a party with her and she agreed. When Christian comes to pick up Cher at her house, he meets her father. The protective man asks “Do you drink?” and Christian responds by saying “No thanks.” Cher’s father became annoyed because he did not like his sarcasm relating to her daughter’s safety while in a vehicle. He answers by saying “What’s wrong with you, kid? You think the death of Sammy Davis left an opening in the Rat Pack?” Cher’s dad did not care about the boy’s wealth, but rather his daughter’s safety.
“Call you me daughter? Now I promise you
You have showed a tender fatherly regard,
to wish me to one half lunatic, A madcap rufflian and a swearing Jack,
that thinks it oaths to face the matter out.”
Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 302-306
Compared to Cher’s father’s cautiousness, Katherine’s father seemed quite careless about his daughter’s well-being. After being told that she must marry the crazed Petruchio, Katharina expresses her disdain for her father’s choice of a husband. She felt Baptista betrayed her simply for a promised dowry.
As Cher began to take a stronger liking to Christian, she became tamed to his ambiguous behavior. The night that he came to watch movies at her house, Cher offered to make him coffee still he was tired. He replied by saying “Can’t, I got the ulcer.” But Cher questioned this statement by reminding he had cappuccinos in her presence in the past. He said “Oh, well, you know, that was like, foam…” Even though it was an absurd rebuttal, she did not dispute it.
“Forward, I pray, since we have come so far,
And be it the moon, or sun, or what you please.”
Act 4, Scene 5, Lines 14-15
As a tactic to tame his shrew, Petruchio made an attempt to convince Katherine that it was night when it was indisputably day. They bickered back and forth until Katharina finally accepted his inaccurate plea. She disregarded her own sense in order to please her husband. Cher did the same when faced with an illogic statement from Christian.
“Taming of The Shrew” exemplified the necessity of conformity to social hierarchies in ancient times. Marriage continues to be an avowal of one’s devotion to another person. However, there is more freedom when deciding who with which one will a commitment. In "Clueless",Cher chose her suitor freely, even if her father did not approve. Katharina was required to have consent from her father before becoming married. Both women had material wealth play a part with whom they were dedicated. This, in turn, forced them to make emotional compromises. When a relationship is built on status or possession, romantic satisfaction may be jeopardized.
Clueless. Dir. Amy Heckerling. Perf. Alicia Silverstone. Paramount Pictures, 1995.
Shakespeare, William, and Thomas Goddard Bergin. The Taming of the Shrew. New Haven: Yale UP, 1954. Print.
Though Petruchio and Ray have similar goals, they both use different tactics to prove their dominance and restore their positions 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.
“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?
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 when they want it. 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.
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 that she is the prettiest Kate in the world. He then went on to saying that he wants her to be his wife. To his surprise, Kate reacts differently than what he’d expected.
Observing Kate reaction and being in fear of her imminent action, Petruchio does the unbelievable.
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 insisting they get married as soon as possible. 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 particularly 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.
Deliver Us from Eva. By Gary Hardwick. Dir. Gary Hardwick. Perf. Gabrielle Union and LL Cool J. Universal Studios, 2003. DVD.
"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
I didn't make a lot of changes in my slide because the things my classmates said about my slide were about the font of the slide and the word "hidden". So i changed the color of the word "hidden" into black and i changed the font into more welcoming font.
Hello I'm Nevrid and
in my presentation is about showing people that no matter how much you think
you know someone, that someone will have something you don't know (secrets). My
slide is a slide that some of us can relate to. I constructed my slide the way
i did because, it shows the things i learned from learning from the websites
that i read. It shows the message which is bright and clear and contrasts with
the dark background. So readers eyes will immediately be attracted to the
message and will be able to get the message quickly. The moon also plays a part
on the slide because it shows the meaning of the words and it doesn't take much
space on the slide. The message i wrote, also helps me remember what i need to
say for the presentation, just by taking a quick glance at it.
John Lennon y otros músicos asesinados
El artículo es sobre los músicos que fueron asesinados por personas. Desde mi punto de vista es muy importante recordar los músicos de muerto. Porque? Ellos crear bien música. ¿Qué opinas?
El año era diecinueve de ochenta. El famoso músico llamado John Lennon era asesinado por un loco persona. La persona era una fan de John Lennon y sus música de roca. La dia fue mucho triste. Señor Lennon era próximo su casa en la ciudad de Nueva York.
En el año de diecinueve de ochenta y cuatro, Marvin Gaye era una maestra de rhythm y blues. Él tiene mucho dinero y mucha fama. Sin embargo en el mes de Abril, Marvin Gaye era asesinado por su padre. Marvin Gaye Senior era celoso. Con una pistola del calibre treinta y ocho, él asesinado Marvin Gaye.
La leyenda guitarrista de blues, Robert Johnson era veintisiete años era él muerto. En Agosto de diecinueve de treinta y ocho cuando él jugó la guitarra en un local de concierto, él era por intoxicar. Todos los personas dije que su novia intoxicar su whisky.
Yo aprendí las palabras de asesinado, intoxicar, próximo y más. El artículo era mucho triste también mucho interesante. Yo leí el artículo porque es sobre mi favorita músicos.
Hello, I'm Lewis. My goal for my presentation is to make everyone's day a little bit better. I chose my background because I am 100% certain that every student in this room can relate to this picture. We all have times where we feel like our lives are just so bad. But as we grow older, we see that those teenage crisis years/growing up years were actually funny experiences. We all can remember a time where we through a fit over something we thought we wanted bad, now we look back on it and laugh. For example, when I was little I wanted a giraffe. My mom obviously said "no" because it wasn't realistic to have a giraffe living in my closet. For two weeks I cried "give me giraffe"(Lionel). Now I think "what in the world was I thinking asking for a giraffe?". At that time this was a negative in my life. But it has helped me grow into the realistic thinker I am now, which can be looked at as a development in life. So whenever you are feeling down because something bad is going on in your life, just know that it is helping you develops a detailed picture called life.
From our presentation and discussion, I learned that the littlest detail matters. It affect how someone look at your work. I learn that my text should match somewhat of what I did. The solid style "Times New Romans" did not work with my floral theme. So I decided to change it up and make it all different but with the feed back of the class. I did the same thing and somewhat the same procedure I did for my first one.
From the websites and video I learn that there needs to be a balance in emptiness and picture or content itself. I made my slide a balance of pictures and emptiness, and I chose those two picture because I think it match well with my quote and also they go together. I made copies of the two pictures and line them up together to create another picture. Also, I made the background pink to show warmth and to keep it simple because the picture looks more married as a whole picture. I really like the idea of emptiness and bleeding off, which had influenced me on how to deal with my pictures, because I think it looks better since it’s not overwhelming, and you can actually pay attention to the quote too. This picture and quote represent me, because it’s nature related which I love, and also it relates well to the quote. To me the quote means, not to look at something and automatically think what you see is what you really see because sometimes your eyes and mind trick you.
Now you might be wondering why are the students creating and uploading all these picture slides. Well in technology class we are creating these slides to describe ourselves. We watched a video and saw websites about things like the Ikea billboard in order to get inspired with making our own picture. From the websites and video I learn that there needs to be a balance in emptiness and picture or content itself. I made my slide a balance of pictures and emptiness, and I chose those two picture because I think it match well with my quote and also they go together. I made the first picture (green tree) bleed out a little bit in order to get a closer look at the whole picture itself. Also, I made the background white to show emptiness and to keep it simple because the two separate picture looks more married as a whole picture. I really like the idea of emptiness and bleeding off, which had influenced me on how to deal with my pictures, because I think it looks better since it’s not overwhelming, and you can actually pay attention to the quote too. This picture and quote represent me, because it’s nature related which I love, and also it relates well to the quote. To me the quote means, not to look at something and automatically think what you see is what you really see because sometimes your eyes and mind trick you. That is why the tree picture has a camouflaging bug or insect that you’ll notice if you look closely enough.
My slide describes that I can't live without music basically saying that i was lost now im found because i have music in my life. When i visited the design slide website I found one thing to be very interesting. The quote said “ My slides are not designed for people who didn't see the talk in person. They're designed to support my words, not some online audience”. I believe that this information is telling me that you should try to please yourself not everyone else because it only matters what you want to say. This project is about expressing yourself and telling people what makes you, you. The reason i made my slide the way i did is because when I visited the slide design page i found out that the key points are colors that stand out, bold print and less words to get my point across. So I followed these steps to describe myself in this slide.
During this slide making unit I learned about about contrast, design, color and size. I used these rules to my advantage when creating my slide. For example, I learned that bigger text draws the audience more than medium or small words would on a slide. Another thing I learned was that your should have colors that contrast but they don't have to match all the way.One more thing that I learned is how to space my words on my slide as well as centering them so that it can be more easy for the audience.For my slide my writing was on a slant and some letters were to small and just one color also. I decided to change the color of music and soul to contrast with the galaxy background more so I choose a mustard kind of color and also I centered my words so they can be easy to read and changed the front sized for the words “saved” and “my” to draw the audience in more . Ms.Hull set me to fail because i never done this project before and had no idea how to create a slide the way she described. I was going to make mistakes on this project since it was my first time doing a project like this. During our class discussions I learned more about what could make my project better like making my words a similar size and color so that they not only contrast but stand out in my slide
The one thing that I love more than food is traveling. So that being said I made my slide/billboard display this passion. My visual has hearts in each continent which symbolizes,to fully understand who you are you have to find yourself via traveling. I wanted it to be simple so I tried to use only a few words with a cute simple visual. I have some contrast(the white and red). I also tried to leave empty space, (upper far right and lower far left). I tried to the best of my ability to use rule of thirds by placing them as you can see. And I made sure that I made my type big and easy to read, and my font design was consistent. Also my slide has one point and one point only.
Betty Louis Q2
I learned that my previous font was hard to read, and didn't fit with the overall design. I also learned that the colors did not contrast well, and my quote was too long. I revised my slide, and tried to make colors and shapes match. To do this I added a green hue over the picture to help distinguish the text. I also used rule of thirds from top to bottom making the text, the kaaba, and the crowd. The white in crowd matched with text as well.
This slide was suppose to represent how I am different from the rest of the world, and how I will rise from the group to become something better. For the set up of the slide I made sure that the writing was simple and was very big this would allow people it to be able to read it quickly and remember it. I used contrast between the background and the image of the chameleon. The background has a black background and the chameleon was colorful which made it stand out more. I left a lot of the space in the slide alone because I didn't want to make the slide cluttered. I wanted this to have a lasting impact on people so I made sure that the text had a lot of meaning. I also used rule of the thirds I left the words in left corner and the picture in the right corner. This allowed balance in the slide.
The movie “Think Like A Man” campares to “Taming of the Shrew” in many ways when it comes to deceit and the mindset of both genders. In TOTS there are two fair maidens. The youngest sister Bianca is a beautiful woman that all the men want. Her older sister Kate is beautiful also, but since she has a foul mouth and speaks her mind, no man wants her. While men begin to dress as other people to win Bianca, they can’t because her father will not let her marry till Kate is married. A man with his mind on his money makes a deal with the men and tries to win Kate over in a mental battlefield. He tries to make her think he loves her, then turns into a completely different man. In the movie “Think Like A Man” is a tale of 5 different stories with 5 different type of relationships. With 5 types of men and 5 types of women. All 10 battling it out in the battlefield and mental game of love, both use a book of knowledge written by Steve Harvey. The women use it to get inside the mens heads (without the men knowing) to get what they want. The men use the same book (the women don’t know) to make the women believe that they are falling right into their plan when in reality they’re just playing around to get what they want. Love is something shared between two people, but marriage and relationships are all about control.
"Quote from Play"
(Act 2, Scene 1,176-189)
Petruchio: “I will attend her here,
And woo her with some spirit when she comes.
Say that she rail; why then I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale:
Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew:
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence:
If she do bid me pack, I'll give her thanks,
As though she bid me stay by her a week:
If she deny to wed, I'll crave the day
When I shall ask the banns and when be married.
But here she comes; and now, Petruchio, speak.”
This is Petruchio talking to himself about what he is going to say to Kate. He is giving himself a peptalk on how he is going to woo her under his control and make her think he loves her.
This is “The Dreamer”. He is going for “The woman who is her own man”. Being a “dreamer” he knows that he really doesn’t have enough money to meet her standards. So he uses the car to give her the idea that he is rich to catch her interest and then reel her in. This connects to TOTS because one of the main characters, Lucentio, dresses up as a teacher to get close to Bianca. Since her father wants Kate to marry first, he is keeping all suitors away from Bianca except for her teachers.
(Act 4, Scene 3, 41-53)
Katherina. Young budding virgin, fair and fresh and sweet,
Whither away, or where is thy abode? 2305
Happy the parents of so fair a child;
Happier the man whom favourable stars
Allots thee for his lovely bed-fellow.
Petruchio. Why, how now, Kate, I hope thou art not mad!
This is a man, old, wrinkled, faded, withered, 2310
And not a maiden, as thou sayst he is.
Katherina. Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes,
That have been so bedazzled with the sun
That everything I look on seemeth green;
Now I perceive thou art a reverend father.
Pardon, I pray thee, for my mad mistaking.
This shows kate losing the mental game that her and petruchio are both playing. She decides to submit to him.
In this picture, it displays the friends of the Dreamer and The Woman who is her own man. In the end of the movie, she realizes that love is not a game and she doesn’t want the money or fame. The dreamer ended up getting busted and the relationship was rocky. Even though he was not rich, he tried his best to make it seem like he had all the luxurious things. In the end, the “Woman who is her own man” came to him in the end and submitted saying that she doesn’t want all these luxurious things, she just wants him. She’s letting him be the man and be in control of their relationship. They just witnessed it and are surprised that she changed her mind.
Biondello: Why, Petruchio is coming- in a new hat and an old 1405
jerkin; a pair of old breeches thrice turn'd; a pair of boots
that have been candle-cases, one buckled, another lac'd; an old
rusty sword ta'en out of the town armoury, with a broken hilt,
and chapeless; with two broken points; his horse hipp'd, with an
old motley saddle and stirrups of no kindred; besides, possess'd 1410
with the glanders and like to mose in the chine, troubled with
the lampass, infected with the fashions, full of windgalls, sped
with spavins, rayed with the yellows, past cure of the fives,
stark spoil'd with the staggers, begnawn with the bots, sway'd in
the back and shoulder-shotten, near-legg'd before, and with a 1415
half-cheek'd bit, and a head-stall of sheep's leather which,
being restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often
burst, and now repaired with knots; one girth six times piec'd,
and a woman's crupper of velure, which hath two letters for her
name fairly set down in studs, and here and there piec'd with 1420
This is Biondello talking about Petruchio arriving at the wedding in an unexpected fashion. This relates back to the thesis because he’s doing this to make Kate think one way but in reality, he’s only doing this to gain more control. Basically telling Kate that he can do what ever he want after she thought that he was going to be a good husband.
In this picture, Megan Good plays a girl who always sleeps with the guys who don’t want to be in a commited relationship. In this picture she is buying a book. She uses it to think like a man. Making her boyfriend think that she isn’t aware of his games. But then he ends up using the book to trick her into making her think that he doesn’t know what she is doing as he follows along.
Both the book and the play show the mindsets of the natures of relationships that even relate to today. In the battlefield of love is a major struggle of power between the male and the female and the deceitful tactics are just used to get into each others heads. When it comes to love movies and stories, pay attention closely and there will always be a leading role whether it is male or female and there will always be a mental reign.
Shakespeare, William, and Thomas Goddard Bergin. The Taming of the Shrew;. New Haven: Yale UP, 1954. Print.
Think like a Man. Sony, 2012. Website.
Romantic Love / Love at First Sight Alyssa Winner
“Taming of the the Shrew” to “The Wedding Planner”
The book “The Taming of the Shrew” shows, how love at first sight is possible and does occur in both the book and in the movie, “The Wedding Planner. In Shrew by Shakespeare, a character name Baptista who is the father of Katherine and Bianca has different expectations on having a relationship with his daughters. In the 2001 movie “The Wedding Planner”, the two characters Mary Flore & Steve Edison fall in love at first sight when Mary is in a rush and her heal gets caught and she almost gets hit by a dumpster but Steve saves her, and later takes her to the hospital he works at. It is obvious that there is some love connection between them but it turns out, Mary, a wedding planner turns out the be planning Steve and his fiancee’s (Fran) wedding. Love at first sight shows up in the book and also the movie but there are different ways it appears.
Although the film and the book aren’t directly related, they share many of the same qualities. Mary and Steve meet in an awkward situation but right away, it is obvious to the viewers that there is a love connection boiling. In The Shrew, Lucentio who is acting as Cambio to win Bianca over. It is a tough situation because he is lying about who he is to her so she will never know what he is truly about unless he tells her which is unlikely to happen. On the flip side, Steve is doing the same thing by not telling her the he is engaged to another women. This is another bump in the road because he is leading Mary on when the truth is she has no idea what is actually happening. In the book one of the characters says, “I see a woman may be made a fool. if she had not a spirit to resist.” This is saying that since a woman can’t resist the man they are in love with then that will make them a fool. Being in love like that turns them into a fool because there is really no other choice. Everything they say or do goes back to the man they are in love with. Not only does that occur in the book, but it also occurs in the movie. Steve and Mary meet in that weird situation, but from there she is in love. In the snapshot below from the movie, Steve is laying on top of Mary right after he saves her and right before she passes out in his arms. Mary has always been the type to keep away from men and just remain focused on her career, but when Steve saves her in this extremely romantic way it is tough to stay on track and not get lost in the fantasy of love. As you can see, although these scenes don’t match up 100 percent, they are very similar and shows how long love has been a pressing issue in the lives of so many.
In another instance, Mary meets up with Fran at a dancing lesson in preparation for Fran’s wedding but of course things don’t go according to plan when Mary find out that the man she is in love with is also her new gigs fiancee (which is shown in the snapshot below). Similar to the Shrew when Tranio finds a random old man and tricks him into pretending he is Lucentio’s father so that he could take care of some things before Lucentio could marry Bianca. That is until they run into problems when Lucentio’s real father, Vincentio appears in the picture. Both the book and the movie show why it is hard to lie about who you are and the people you are involved with because it indeed in a small world and no matter what precautions you may go through to hide the truth there is always a hole in the fence that will show your true colors. Both Lucentio and Mary were doing everything they could to be with the love of their life but ultimately who knows if it would be worth it or not. In Act 2 Scene 1 of the Shrew, Petruchio is going on a rant about Kate and how they are happy together. He says “If she and I be pleased, what's that to you?” He is trying to say that since they are happy, people need to back off and let them be. During the same scene previously discussed from The Wedding Planner, if Fran would have known about Mary and Steve’s little lingering love affair she would have said the same thing Petruchio said. In both of these stories, there is some jealousy and fear of losing their lovers although they are presented and shown in very different ways.
In conclusion, the movie ended the way the fans wanted, with Mary and Steve being together. It was expected through the whole movie, even through all of the setbacks. The strong love connection shined through and everyone, even Fran ended up happy. On the other hand, in The Taming of the Shrew, Kate says a long speech at her wedding and says many things obtaining to her husband and how he should be treated and how every man should be treated that way. It was unclear whether she was saying those things to make her husband happy or if she actually meant them Overall the movie and the play are extremely similar and have close endings although the characters and their love connections can be drastically different.
Honesty and deception in relationships
By Sophia De Oliveira
Movie: Confessions of a Shopaholic
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 & 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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, especially to Petruchio. She explained as to why obeying your husband shows respect towards him, but also there is “too little payment for so great a debt” that is to be payed towards 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. However, after selling a 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. She wanted to have control. When Luke stated “What about Honesty? What about credibility?” when he found about who the crazy boyfriend she accused her debt collector to be, 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, ending the movie in a romantic kiss.
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“The Taming of the Shrew” “No Strings Attached”
In the play “The Taming of the Shrew” Petruchio, one of the main characters, is trying to win over Katherine, a stubborn, misunderstood woman who has no intentions on marrying him, yet he continues to try to pursue her and control her through “love” and “kindness”. This is similar to the modern day movie called “No Strings Attached”. This movie shows a sort of switched analogy with instead of the girl wanting to settle down and commit, the guy wants to, such as in “The Taming of the Shrew”. Through both the “Taming of the Shrew” and “No Strings Attached”, love can be based off of perspective and not necessarily the sex stereotype of a woman always wanting a man.
In the movie, “No Strings Attached”, Emma and Adam are lifelong friends who never really managed to keep in touch with each other, only speaking to each other when they run into one another occasionally during their adulthood. Until one day Adam finds out that his girlfriend has left him for his dad. Out of deviation, Adam goes to a bar, gets drunk and begins to text all the girls in his phone. The next morning he finds himself at Emma’s house with no clothes on. Assuming that he had sex, Emma explains that he came to her house, undressed himself and then went to sleep. As Emma escorts him to the next room to get his clothes, they end up having sex. When they have sex again, they make an agreement to keep their relationship “causal”. Adam obviously thinks that Emma will fall in love first, assuming that she can’t just have sex without gaining any feelings since women are more likely to gain feelings faster through things like this. She commits to the decision that she won’t and so they agree that they will keep this up with no strings attached.
“Women are made to bare children and so are you.” - Petruchio Act 2, Sc.1,
In the following quote, Petruchio is trying to win over Kate. In doing so, he says the following pick up line to show his attraction for Kate. He wants to get Kate amused by telling her all the opportunities she can have with him including the sexually opportunities. He thinks that if he tries to “woo” her with sexually lines, that she will see him as sweet and take the bait, since she is a woman and women tend to get softened up much quicker than guys do when put in the same predicament. Though Kate fails to fall for it and commits to not wanting a man and feels as though he’s just another guy that wants a woman to slave by him. Just as Emma, in No Strings Attached, relationships tend her make her uncomfortable and she feels as though she doesn’t need a man to make her happy or to fulfill her life. She’s content with the way her life is and finds Adam to be just another distraction in her life that she has to commit to.
In the picture, Emma explains to Adam that she’s not really into relationships and that she would rather continue having sex instead of trying to pursue to the next level. Making commitments and having relationships tend to ruin things and don’t always go the way they’re planned. During and after the conversation, Adam still believes that it’s impossible to keep up with this “causal” relationship, though he tells her that he will back off with trying to date her, yet at the same time, he continues to try to win her over as a boyfriend, subconsciously and when asked about if he’s trying to date her, he continues to deny it. Petruchio and Adam both want to have a woman by their side, yet they don’t understand why it’s taking so long and why it’s so hard to win both women over. They both had the mindset that sweetness and the thought of having a man by the women’s side would surely have the women in their arms by now, but they learn that it’s much harder than they thought but don’t show a drop of sweat.
“‘Moved’, in good time! Let him that moved you hither remove you hence. I knew you at the first you were a moveable.” - Katherine pg. 89 Act 2 Sc. 1
Kate fails to be impressed with the way the Petruchio tries to compliment her and win her over. She feels that she’s only wanted by him because everyone wants her sister. She sees him as every other guy that just uses her to get to her sister. Kate remains to be content with being without a man and refuses to be anyone’s wife. She just doesn’t see Petruchio as any different from every other guy that wants her to quickly marry, to get her out of the way, so that they can get to Bianca instead. Unlike Petruchio, Adam sees Emma for who she is and wants to be with her for who she is.
In this picture, Emma realizes that she actually does have really strong feelings for Adam. She finds that when she’s with him, she’s happier and a better person. She says that all this time she has been denying the way she feels because she was afraid to feel the way she felt, which was love. Emma finally understands that love isn’t meant to be easy and she doesn’t mind trying the new relationship Adam. Just as Emma, Kate found herself falling for Petruchio a little too. With the little things he did, she found them to be how she always wanted to be treated. Everyone saw her as mean and cruel and just misunderstood but Petruchio saw the beauty in her, even if it wasn’t real, the little things made her day and broke her out of her shell more and more.
In conclusion, both Emma and Kate decide to step out of their comfort zone and try something they never thought they would try, being in a relationship. At first they saw relationships as trouble and not worth the time, but once they began to understand Adam and Petruchio, they realized that these two men may be for real. Along with the women having their realization, they men had theirs too. That getting the girl isn’t always easy like they planned. They both just wanted the women just because but as time went on, they found themselves falling for them just as hard. In the end, The Taming of the Shrew and No Strings Attached display how love can play a role in a part that most of us never imagined.
"Taming of the Shrew" By William Shakespeare
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The culture of marital engagement in “Taming of the Shrew”, and the era Shakespeare wrote this play, was that if a man was interested in a woman, he would just go straight to her father and the “business transaction would be made. Since Baptista had two daughters, Katherine and Bianca, he had many suitors at his front door. He would situate and pick them by the amount of deeds they had and his daughter was handed over. However in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, set in modern times, the culture is much different. Toula Portokalos is a 30 year old greek girl who works at her family’s restaurant and still lives at home with her parents. She didn’t have any Greek Suitors at her door like her family imagined her to have nor did she meet any guys who were interested in her. Until Ian came around. Ian and Toula are deeply in love, so, it would assume that this was her soulmate. False. Ian isn’t Greek, which is a problem of great magnitude for Toula’s family, especially her father. These texts reflect not only has there been a change in culture, but also, a clash between cultures within eras when it comes to kindling a new romance.
Quote 1: “You’re welcome, sir, and he for your good sake.But for my daughter Katherine, this I know, She is not for your turn, the more my grief.” - Baptista Act 2 scene 1In this quote, Baptista is confused by the fact there is final a suitor, a man named Petruchio, for his ill-fitted daughter Katherine. He was certain that his daughter wouldn’t get a suitor by how bitter and mean she was. When Petruchio, asked for Katherine’s hand, this was Baptista’s warning to not marry his daughter.
In the first scene of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Gus, Toula’s father, shakes his head in shame because Toula won’t get married to anyone, let alone a Greek. As she takes a deep yawn, he looks to his coke-bottle glasses wearing daughter and tells her “You better get married soon. You starting to look old.” Toula knows that her only purpose in life, as a Greek girl, is to do 3 things in life: marry a greek boy, make greek babies, and feed everyone until the day they die.
Quote 2: “Truly, gentlemen, this is a chancy piece of business. I’ve made a risky investment.” - Baptista Act 2, Scene 1
Once the engagement of Petruchio and Katherine was confirmed, the men of the city, including Baptista, reflected on how the transaction happened. In addition to that, the wedding was in 3 days making this a very fast transaction that usually takes much more time. Baptista understands the risks of this but knows that he is making the right decision on giving away Katherine.
Gus doesn’t feel as confident in Toula as Baptista did in Katherine. When Toula got in a relationship with Ian, she knew that since Ian wasn’t Greek, her family would not approve. She hid her relationship with Ian from her family as long as she could until a 3rd cousin of hers saw her and Ian making out in a Denny’s parking lot and decided to tell her mom who decided to tell Toula’s first cousin’s mom who told Toula’s mom. When Gus heard of this he was infuriated especially because Ian came to the house to ask Gus for Toula’s hand in marriage. During this dialogue, Ian tells Gus that Toula is 30 she should be able to make decisions on her own. Gus tells him “I am the head of this house...you may not date me daughter!” He then later tells Toula and her mom that it was to big of a risk to let Toula go to school and he went against his gut causing for his daughter to be involved in a relationship with a man who isn’t Greek.
In the end, Toula and Ian decided to push through this obstacle and stay together. They decided to get married and at the wedding, Gus gives Ian and Toula the deed to a house he bought for them. As kind as this gesture was, he didn’t let them get away because he bought the house next door to them to make sure he was involved in everything they did. In “The Taming of the Shrew”, the risk Baptista took to marry Katherine to Petruchio didn’t end up as well as Katherine imagined due to the fact that Petruchio would starve her and bother her. But as strong as Katherine was she pushed through and stayed by her man. Even though these two stories were far in time and era, there are many similarities when it comes parental inferences in their child’s romantic relationships.
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Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992. Print.
Think Like Man, Be Compared To A Shrew
Comparing “Taming Of The Shrew” To “Think Like A Man”
In every parents life there comes a time when their child is going to want to date, and even get married. In shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” the father Baptista has a rule with his daughters saying the younger daughter (Bianca) will not be allowed to marry until the elder daughter (Katherine) is wed therefore making it demanding to want find Katherine a husband so that bianca can find her own. In the 2012 film “Think Like a Man” when Michael begins to finally date an older woman named Candace all seems to be going well until she meets his mother Loretta, who skeptical of candace due to the fact that she is a single mother. Using this regard to deem her “not good enough” for her son, like she has done for every other girl that has been with Michael in order to keep her baby boy & not losing him to another woman. Although the play & the movie have clearly different motives they both share the the theme showing that parental involvement play a major in the love choices that their children make sometimes changing them completely. This can also later reflect in the choices their child would make while in the relationship, such as values and self esteem towards suitors and what they are willing to accept.
Since both parents are involved in their childrens dating their motives seem somewhat similar. As Baptista’s motives are to simply what will most profitable for himself & the family fortune in Bianca’s case. However Loretta’s motives stem from her not having a man to spend her time with in her life thus wanting to keep her son around not deeming any woman good enough for her son ultimately because she doesn’t see what she could offer. While both parents attempts to deter the suitors of their children and provide something they do so in different contexts to both better himself standing & in their opinion their child's. Both of these texts show that parental involvement can make or break a relationship standing with the suitors ultimately affecting the relationship drastically for their outcomes entirely.
“Content you, gentlemen; I will compound this strife.
'Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both 1195
That can assure my daughter greatest dower
Shall have my Bianca's love”
In this scene, 3 the three suitors of Baptista's younger daughter appear before him & have begun to argue over who should whoo bianca in the end. Baptista quickly steps in to the disagreement between the men and offers the solution that only person who is allowed to win the fair bianca must offer him the best deal to him. In turn while doing this without taking Bianca’s feelings into consideration whatsoever which quickly contrasts with what was said earlier in the play stating that his daughter Katherine, had to be in love before she had gotten married even though she had no suitors due to her shrew like behavior’s while bianca has three. This adds in a laughable element that makes the audience think why is different who the one who has men wanting to be with her ?
In “Think Like A Man” Loretta has found a different way to deal with her son’s suitor
In this first meeting between Michael’s mother and Candace there is immediately tension between Loretta and Candace as she quickly “grills” her on where her baby’s father is, whether is in jail. Sensing the Situation, Michael quickly asks for a tour of the house to maybe lighten the mood. As seen in the screenshot, Michael and Loretta pull away from Candace leaving her completely in the dark as they go over memories with Michael complying and going along with her. This, in turn deters from the real situation at hand which is the fact that michael is supposed to be getting candace more comfortable around his mother, instead what this has done is create Competition between the two for michaels attention and number one place in his life. This battle, ultimately being one by the mother which she even states “Sunday Nights have always been for his mother, and they always will be”. This, in comparison to Shrew is a very different scenario to how the parent deals with the suitor but ultimately gets to the same result. Both Parents have begun to alter the relationships that their children are in and have affected them drastically. For Baptisa, he has chosen to only let be bianca only be married off to the best deal for himself and the rest of the family not letting her get the chance to know the other two men and whether she likes them or not. For Loretta, she has begun a competition for michaels attention in his life for the number one woman in his life, drastically altering how much michael and candace’s relationship may be able to progress since it’s now a competition.
“What, will you not suffer me? Nay, now I see
She is your treasure, she must have a husband;
I must dance bare-foot on her wedding-day,
And for your love to her lead apes in hell.
Talk not to me; I will go sit and weep, 875
Till I can find occasion of revenge.”
(Act II, Scene 1, 875)
In this early scene in taming of the shrew after Baptista has found the older sister Katherine messing with the younger sister Bianca for simply having suitors while she has nothing. Katherine complains that Baptista has some bias towards Bianca and that she is favorite daughter due to the fact she has suitors and is seen as a better person, and in essence can’t compare to her. In addition, this makes Kathrine feel as though she can not compete with her younger sister. Since her sister has suitors falling at her feet and her father has only apparently been showing Love towards her she cannot compete with her sister since she is made out to be this overarching shrew that no one could love or even get along with long enough to try to date. This sets up the irony later in the play that she ends up with a man who eventually “Tames” her and ends up being her perfect match. This reinforces the fact that parental involvement in part of the relationship with their child can affect how the child goes into relationships. In this particular case, this makes Kathrine feel unwanted by even her own father, this goes into her self esteem later in the play when dealing with Petruchio since he is the first man to actually show some type of care, even though it’s cheesy, it’s something for Kathrine which she has no choice but to accept.
The Effects of Parental involvement and favoritism are even seen today in today’s life such as in think like a man
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After picking up Michael’s phone, thinking it’s his work Candace discovers that Michael has never fully put as the number one woman in his life in front of his mother & stop being a “mama’s boy” and beckoning at her every call. Candace then confronts michael stating that she refuses to compete with his mother any longer and that if he can’t put her and her son Duke as a priority in his life instead of his mother then he needed to leave. Candace’s reaction to the fact that she has never truly been the number one woman in the life (as seen in the first photograph) only reinforces the the point that parental involvement can negatively impact a relationship there child may engage later. In this specific instance, because michael is so wrapped up in helping his mother & being with her as much as possible her ends up neglecting and lying to candace in order to keep both parties happy. This calls into question not only michael’s values to see if he fully committed to his relationship or his mother, due to her constant involvement in all his other relationships, it’s second nature for michael to immediately put his mother first instead of beginning to grow up.
Although things work out in both “Taming Of The Shrew” & “Think Like A Man” for Katherine & Michael/Candace this comes back to drive home the point that audiences want to see a happy ending. Petruchio ends up not having that many concerns with Baptisa in “Shrew” because, his parental involvement complies with Petruchio so that he can marry Katherine. Michael on the other hand, comes out with a new sense of pride after finally realizes that he is a grown man and that he must put his focuses in other places, instead of his mother no matter how much she try’s to take up his life time. Overall, these movies show that society feels like dating can be a lot of things, from over dramatic and complicated to a very simplistic with minimal things interfering. Society has many definitions for many things, dating has so many separate meaning for many people for parents, it means the losing of their child and their innocence as well realizing that their child is growing up to be what they want or not, they come to terms and accept it, some better than others. Dating in this society is simply a stage of maturing, growing up and finding yourself as well as someone who can suit who you are and your needs, this is seen in Both “Shrew” & “Think Like A Man”.
1. Shakespeare, William, and Thomas Goddard Bergin. The Taming of the Shrew;. New Haven: Yale UP, 1954. Print.
2. “Think Like A Man”.Dir.Tim Story.Prod.Will Packer.2010.
It is said that, love is when two individuals come to appreciate who their partner for who and what he or she is, that they cannot see what their life would be without them. However, in Shakespeare's The Taming of A Shrew and in the romantic-comedy Think Like A Man, love is formed through change. Couples do not love each other for who they are, they love each other for who they become.
In the movie Think Like A Man, Zeke was a man who spent most of his time courting women. He enjoyed sex without a real relationship. He was quite a ladies man, and knew the game of intimacy, that is until he met a woman named Mya who had her own views on relationships. She put Zeke on a ninety day no sex rule and started off very cautious with Zeke where Zeke was trying to skip right into the bedroom. Wanting to make sure that Zeke was worth keeping, she was very careful with him. However, as time went by Mya began to trust Zeke more and more, and Zeke began to develop more and more feelings for Mya as well as becoming more and more romantically attached. These feeling peaked when they were at a festival and Zeke stated “I love you girl.” Mya didn’t trust Zeke at first because she could sense he really didn’t have true feelings for her. However, as his feelings grew, hers did as well. Their romantic attachment was forged from the shift in feelings they had toward each other. This is similar to Taming A Shrew because as Petruchio’s impulsive action grew more and more frequent, her mood and feeling began to change. She becomes more and more humble toward Petruchio and those around her.
In The Taming of the Shrew, there were two women from a family of fortune named Katherine and Bianca. Katherine was the older sister and seen by the kingdom as demonic and evil. Bianca, the younger sister, was viewed as an angel and had suitors all across the land. In order for Bianca to wed, first Katherine would have to be wed. Lucentio and Grumio were both suitors of Bianca who wanted Katherine to marry so that one of them would could have Bianca’s hand. They called upon a man named Petruchio who agreed to take Katherine’s hand in marriage. He set forth an illusion to her father that she had agreed to his proposal, at which he had his blessing. Once they were wed, Petruchio began to act extremely controlling, somewhat similar to how Katherine was portrayed. As time went by, Katherine began to be more and more passive. At a diner party she stated “ Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper…” The demonic Katherine has been humbled by seeing almost a reflection of herself in Petruchio. Petruchio has taken ownership of her, and her love for him forced her to change for him. Zeke’s situation was similar while he was talking to his friend about the status in his relationship. He was saying that he was done with the constant talking, dates, and feelings. He said “I just want to hit! And if she think imma wait thirty more days to get the cookie, she gonna be waiting by herself.” His friend questioned him and realized that Zeke really did like her. He then teased him a little bit and hung up. When Zeke went to go break up with Mya, she mentioned something that made him reconsider his action. His escalating feelings for Mya have forced him to stay with her that much more, his craving for sex is starting to diminish and the more they do, the more feelings Mya has toward Zeke as well.
In Think Like A Man, Mya had broken up with Zeke because she thought that all he wanted was a sexual relationship with her. After doing some reminiscing he realized that he truly did want a real relationship with Mya. He confronted her at a music bar where he explained his true feelings toward her by saying “Mya I love you... I’m in love with you… I’ve never said that to anyone in my life.” Once she realized that Zeke was no longer the sex craving player he once was, she knew she was able to accept him as her boyfriend once again. Taming of the Shrew had a similar ending. When he told his wife to come forth, she came out and let it be known to everyone that Petruchio has tamed her. She said “Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper…” Her love has forced her to give up her dark, demonic ways and humble herself to Petruchio, similar to how Zeke humbled himself to Mya.
Taming of the Shrew (The Play), and Knocked Up (The Movie)
Taming of the shrew is a tale between many characters. There are various situations that happen in this play, many romances that happened, and many males wanting to woo 2 sisters. One sister had way more men. However the part thats interesting is Katharine and Petruchio, and their fight for who had more power. In the romantic comedy Knocked Up characters Ben and Allison have a one night stand, and then decide that they didn’t work well as a couple. Weeks later Allison figures out she is pregnant, and her and Ben try to make things work. Though in Shrew and Knocked up relationships were based on power, modern day relationships are based more on having things in common.
“And, for that dowry, I’ll assure her of her widowhood, be it that she survive me, in all my lands and leases whatsoever.”
(Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 130-133)
Petruchio is saying to Katherine's father that he wants to marry her. Before this quote he expresses how deeply he wants her. Everybody who is this scene is telling him how bad she is, but he simply says he doesn’t care. He is telling everyone, but mainly her dad that he will marry her. However for he can get worse that they say she is, so hopefully she survives what he is going to do. This quote shows how people think that she will keep the power, and boss him around. He simply says she has to survive me, and whatever she does i’m going to do something worse. A few lines before this quote, Katherine's father says that he will have to woo her, but he thinks he doesn’t need to. Power beat love back then, and even though love isn’t a must, having something in common needs to be there.
In this scene they decide to go out to learn more about each other. Allison learns that Ben doesn’t have a real job, and is living off a settlement check. She starts to think that maybe they aren’t a match, and maybe this was a mistake. She just comes out a says she is pregnant. Then Ben finds out that there was a misunderstanding between him and Allison. He thought she was telling him to take of the protection he was struggling to put on, but that wasn’t the case. After Allison tells him the news, he tries to make it seem like she isn’t really pregnant. They realize they have nothing in common, because she has a real job that pays, and he doesn’t. He is more of a laid back not worried guy, and she is a little expressive. Their lives and personalities don’t really match. This shows how “Taming of the Shrew” and “Knocked up” display similar ways as modern day relationships, and of not wooing someone.
“I swear I’ll cuff you if you strike again”
(Act 2, Scene 1, Line 234 )
In this scene Petruchio is telling Katharine that if she tries to hit him, he will handcuff her. Katharine thinks she has the power by putting her hands on him. He tries to take the power and control back by saying that if she tries to hit him again he will handcuff her. By handcuffing her, he will have her in his hands. To get out the cuffs, she has to listen to her. The way he took the power back was by cuffing her. Modern day relationships might be about wooing a person, and things people have in common. However relationships back then were about who had the power to run stuff.
This picture is the reaction of their faces when the doctor says that she is pregnant. They are confused as to like why did this have to happen. We aren’t a match, and now we are having a baby together. This is a problem because since they don’t match, how are they going to raise a baby together. So both Ben and Allison were shocked, and they had a decision to make. The 2 people had to try to match, and make their relationship work.
“Thus have I politicly begun my reign, and ‘tis my hope to end successfully. My falcon now is sharp and passing empty,...”
(Act 4, Scene 1, Lines 188-190)
This quote was about how he was going to teach her how to act, and for him to be in control. Petruchio thinks that he train her, to be at his will. He has a master plan to get all the power in his hands. His plan will take the balance from 60-40 to 100-0. The power balance would be in his favor. He would be able to control her. The power balance in Knocked up is about 40-60 in Allison’s favor. Only because she is having the baby. Both Ben and Allison consider each other opinions. Even though they aren’t compatible, they still need to get along. Compatibility was important in Knocked up, but not so important in Shrew.
The play “Taming of the Shrew” and the movie “Knocked up” both show relationships, and don’t account for wooing someone. Both Shrew and Knocked up relationships are based on power, however modern day relationships are based more on having things in common. Knocked up a modern day movie, not only focuses on power but also demonstrates the need for compatibility. Where as Shrew focuses on one person overpowering the other person. “Taming of the Shrew” and “Knocked up” didn’t incorporate wooing the other person, however Knocked up focused on Ben and Allison being compatible.
Shakespeare, William. N.p.: William Shakespeare, n.d. Print.
Knocked up. Dir. Judd Apatow. Prod. Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Townsend, and Seth Rogen. By Judd Apatow. Perf. Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Universal Pictures, 2007. Film.