Comparing “The Taming of the Shrew” to “Hitch”
With “The Taming of the Shrew”, Shakespeare introduces the historic idea of love, and it’s definitive nature of being solely for the economic and personal gain of an individual. All of the characters featured in the play are tailored around the idea that marriage, unlike society’s mythological perception, is not built upon love. On the other hand, Andy Tennant’s Hitch (2005), presents a modernized interpretation surrounding the meaning of love as well as its marital counterpart.
While some audiences may interpret the actions of Alex Hitchens to be similar to those of Petruchio, a large majority of viewers will see the contrast in personality between the two. Petruchio’s main objective throughout the entire play is to not only marry Katherine, for her wealth, but to successfully implement his dominance over her life. As opposed to most women during that era, Katherine is outspoken and rebellious to the many forms of oppression society had for women. This genre of society, consequently produced high standards that well-intentioned men unfortunately have to overcome in modern time. Yet, Hitch embraces these skeptic aspects of women and enjoys acting as a consultant, just as Tranio did for Lucentio, so as to guide innocent men to healthy, long-lasting relationships. These texts reflect that today, people believe that an authentic relationship needs to maintain the notion of honesty so as to prevent the historic one sided nature of a romantic union.
"And woo her with some spirit when she come! Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain, she sings as sweetly as a nightingale"
(Act 2, Scene 1, 177-180)
In this scene, we see a ponderous Petruchio lingering outside his soon-to-be fiance’s chamber. The suitor has just been blessed by Baptista, father to his love interest. The audience observes Petruchio reciting a remedy for subduing Katherine in the verbal joust that will surely ensue. As the quote portrays, he plans on utilizing reverse psychology, which is his definition of charming Katherine. However, instead of pursuing Katherine for her qualities as an individual, the perks of being married to her which include her large dowry as well as her beauty, outweigh the romantics in Petruchio’s mind.
Hitch finds himself in a similar predicament in the film, however, his actions lack villainous intent.
In this scene of the movie, we see the first encounter Hitch has with Sara Melas in a nightclub. Prior to their conversation, Sara had already dismissed a guy that attempted to pursue her, to no avail. And it is revealed by Hitch, as well as her body language, that she has come to the club in order to relax and enjoy the scenery. As a man trying to charm a woman, Hitch is left at a severe disadvantage in the sense that he is trying to come off sincere while Sara has already judged him as a “pig” with the intentions of seducing her.
"‘Tis deeds must win the prize, and he of both that can assure my daughter greatest dower shall have my Bianca’s love."
(Act 2, Scene 1, 361-365)
In this scene, we see Baptista contemplating the marriage proposals of two suitors. He is faced with the somewhat difficult decision of what offer is best for his daughter. And unlike modern marriage prepositions, which are centered around the happiness and love of both individuals, this proposal is encompassed around money. As the quote suggests, Baptista is basically offering his own child off to the highest bidder as if she were an object. And despite the fact that the dowry is for the wife, this future union would be to the benefit of the suitor because Bianca’s love was essentially void in the arrangement.
Hitch describes his true intentions as a “Dating Consultant” to a distraught Sara.
In the movie, through coincidental circumstances Sara has discovered Hitch’s occupation as a romantic consultant for men, which she believes is a scam to help men seduce women. This scene emulates the honesty behind Hitch’s passion during a speed date activity, which coincidentally serves as the setting for his explanation. In perspective, the protagonist acts as a catalyst that helps men essentially disarm the protective nature women have, so as to genuinely love them. Suitors in The Taming of the Shrew, such as Petruchio, are the embodiment of sleazy men that ultimately led to how women view men in pursuit of their female counterparts.
At the conclusion of the movie, Hitch comes to a more profound comprehension of his love for Sara and expresses it to her. The same can not be said for Petruchio and his wife Katherine, who seemingly relinquishes to the submissive role of a wife. Unlike the film, Shakespeare leaves the play’s conclusion to audiences interpretation of whether the shrew (Katherine) was actually tamed by her husband or whether she enacted a ploy. Either way, these texts reflect that the love apparent in both individuals will prevail over relationships that are built upon dishonesty and conceit.
The Train Ride
I gripped the handle bar that lay adjacent to the train’s entrance. It was filled, beyond capacity, to my genuine surprise. However, as I look back on that moment, I had forgotten that I was taking the morning train with hundreds of working class citizens, who probably thought of me as one of their own. My body turned as I glanced around for any vacant seats. Seconds passed before I surrendered to standing. The hand, which I placed on the bar upon my entrance, was my saving grace because the train quickly jolted into motion.
I peered out of a window to my right. The platform, where I had sat, and the parking lot, where I had been dropped off at, quickly went out of my line of sight. This was not my first time riding a train, but it was my first time riding a train to work.
As the train continued forward, a conductor appeared from the front cart. Immediately, she began checking and validating passengers tickets. She was was a couple of rows away from where I was standing, but I started the process of searching for my trans pass. A minute or two passed before I was up for inspection.
“Ticket or Pass?”
“Yeah” was my response as I brought my pass into view. She nodded in confirmation as she moved onto the next person. Instinctively, I looked at my phone to see if the train would arrive on time. This was a routine that I would soon get into the habit of doing.
After my time check, I concluded that the train was on schedule. My thoughts escaped me, I found myself thinking about what my friends were doing at that very moment, as my train inched closer and closer Suburban station. I attempted to conceal my anxiety but my thoughts continually drifted to the “what if” questions and possible outcomes at my internship.
“We have arrived at Suburban Station. Please watch your step as you exit the cart” echoed out of the loudspeaker. In one fluid motion I secured my belongings and departed.
It took me all of ten minutes to find my way to 19th & market, not including a minor turn around as I was walking. Four days prior to the 6th of July, my sister and I were down center city and she showed me how to get to and back from my current destination, which ironically, was right down the street from my school. I chuckled to myself as I approached the my destination, while very thankful for my good memory.
In the ten steps that I had before I reached the revolving doors, I felt as Tim O'Brien must have felt as he gazed blankly out onto the river that separated two distinct paths, one of which, he would have to choose. Should I step into this building, to the unknown experiences that await me? Should I face challenges that might be too much for me to handle, or should I return home? My hand pressed against metal framing of the door as an opening to the main lobby grew wider.
I took a brief moment to take in my surroundings. The room was made almost entirely of a tan granite, which encompassed the back walls, ceiling and floor. There were large windows that neighbored each entrance, as well as a waiting area filled with couches and tables. As my eyes floated from object to object I soon located people that seemed to be around my age group. As I began my journey towards them, I made a detour to one of the internship leaders.
“Are you here for the internship?” he asked immediately.
“Yes. I’m Kevin Bowser” I said as we shook.
“I’m Stephen. The elevators are not working today as a result of a water pipe break in the building. So we are sending all of the intern's home today for the day and are going to send an email out about when to return for orientation.
“Okay, so I should look out for an email tomorrow?
“Alright, thank you” I stated as I traveled to a couch which was adjacent to the door I came though. I couldn’t help the slight feeling of relief that came with the postponed orientation. I would have another day or so before I would have to tackle this new challenge. Some force of nature had been on my side that July morning. And with my subsided anxiety, I ventured over to the revolving doors once again.
My Second First Day
The IBC building has two elevator passages. One passage ascends from the lobby and goes through all floors up to the 23rd. In order to reach floors above the 23rd, you must switch elevators. Unfortunately, I did not receive this information until my third day at work, so it took me a bit longer to find my way up to the orientation room.
Once I made it to the 44th floor, the facilitators introduced themselves as well as IBC to all of the interns. This formal introduction transitioned to various ice breaker activities, which assisted everyone in getting to know each other. Some of the games were based on solving problems or creating structures using basic household materials, and prizes were awarded to the teams that finished first.
The third and final portion of the afternoon consisted of each intern meeting with their supervisors. I did not get a chance to meet with my supervisor, who was in a meeting at the time. So I met with a woman named Grace Brennan, who I would come to work closely with over the next six weeks.
“Hi, I’m Kevin Bowser” I said as I shook her hand.
“Hello Kevin, my name is Grace. I don’t know if anyone told you but Dee has a meeting right now.”
Grace said this as she moved towards the hallway where the elevators were located. On our way down to the Shared Services Department, on the 15th floor, we talked about my academics as well as some the information she had read on my resume.
“So me and you are going to working on updating an Excel spreadsheet called the SARA log. The log is basically a record book that keeps track of everyone that has access the company’s enrollment system. We get requests every day, so right now they are just piling up.”
I listened intently, not letting a single piece of information slip past my ears. I wanted to make a good first impression on my new co-workers. I wanted to be take charge and not make any errors. Yet, once we reached the 15th floor, Grace introduced me to the rest of Dee’s team. They welcomed me to the department with open arms and made me feel like I was apart of the family. I was taught step by step about how to work on excel and how it’s overall significance to the company. Instantly, I felt a weight fall off of my shoulders. This daunting reality that I wanted to avoid at all costs, was not the frightening nightmare that I had imagined.
This experience gave me my first taste of the professional world. It served as a lens to some of the challenges and new territories that I would be introduced to as an adult. Apart, from outlook on the internship prior to actually starting, this was a spontaneous opportunity for me, and I look forward to another great internship at Independence Blue Cross this upcoming summer.
Many believe that biases form after multiple experiences with others, and are based in some kind of reality. However, it really only takes one experience to form a concrete belief -- and it's hard to get rid of that belief once formed. Although people know that many racial stereotypes are untrue, it is difficult for individuals to disregard those stereotypes, because people tend to attribute the negative actions of an individual to their entire identity.
Racial stereotyping is defined as the beliefs about distinctive characteristics common to members of a culture, according to a site found on Wikipedia’s reference page. As stated in the quote, these are “common” beliefs formulated by people in society. The fact that the site uses the word “common” implies that those with prejudices educate their children to have a certain prejudice towards others. In addition, because these prejudices are being passed down from generation to generations, a never ending cycle of negative bias is created. Psychology Today expands on this concept, with the idea that human beings have an unconscious prejudice towards those foreign to their own ethnic group, because of their exposure to such ideas during early development. In conclusion, stereotypes that have become almost second nature, outweighing any and all notions that oppose the assumptions of an individual.
Islamophobia is one example of religious stereotyping, which is defined as the fear and hatred of muslims. This kind of resentment escalated after the coordinated 9/11 attacks on America by the terrorist group known as Al Qaeda. The attack resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 Americans as well as the nineteen members of Al Qaeda, who executed the strikes. However, the tragic deaths of U.S citizens were not the only aspects of this violent act that society suffered. According to the Daily Beast, a poll from October of 2001 showed that 47% of Americans had a favorable view of muslim citizens. This percentage of favorable views dropped to about 27% by 2014. This drastic decrease in the polls was a direct result of prejudices formed after only a handful of Muslim citizens, like Al Qaeda, committed violent acts against society. These negative actions effectively branded all muslim citizens as violent terrorist, based on the survey portrayed by the polls.
This kind of negative stereotyping does not only apply to people overseas. On Monday, September 14th, 2015 Texas youth, Ahmed Mohammed, was arrested by police for bringing a homemade clock to school, which his teacher believed to be a bomb. The officers, who arrested him, proceeded to interrogate the frightened teenager about the alleged bomb as well as his intentions. Ahmed stated, on an interview with CNN, that "I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her, she thought it was a threat to her." The fact that the teacher believed the clock was a threat, namely a bomb, supports the idea that she had racial bias towards an innocent muslim American, who had the sole intention of impressing his class. In addition, the idea that the clock was believed to be a bomb, which is commonly associated with the notion of terrorism, is a representation of stereotypical views of muslim citizens being a threat to society because of the past actions of a few.
Although this topic may seem to only revolve around minority groups such as Muslim citizens, this is an issue that embodies a barrier between social relations in society. It is the underlying cause that has led to the injustice against countless innocents over the past couple of years. However, this issue has not been fully resolved because of the public's perception, of racial stereotyping, being clouded by their own opinions about other individuals.
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"Teen Ahmed Mohamed Brings Clock to School, Gets Arrested - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 16 Sept. 2015. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.
Obeidallah, Dean. "13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever." The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 14 Sept. 2014. Web. 6 Oct. 2015.
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Banks Oil Company
(This take takes place on the phone while Stanley Banks reads his speech out loud to the CEO of the company in the home of Stanley Banks)
I am not here to beat around the bush or anything we all know why I am holding this meeting. This oil company is being run into the ground as you should know...Geez it’s amazing, to see how many people are hypocrites nowadays. Those who are trying to enforce the protection of the environment are using the very products that contribute to it.
Think about it, by stopping oil production what is going to happen to the same people who worked hard to get an education to work in the oil business? They will be out of a job. A lot of the government officials and environmentalist are saying that the people that lose their jobs and others can get jobs as an engineer to work on creating wind turbines to power cities but my question is how? These working class citizens who have no experience with this type of field will may not have the expertise with this. In order to educate them either they will have to go back to school or the government may have to take more of the tax payers dollars to fund these programs.
President Obama you want to get Americans working, thats great and all, I have been all for the bills that have been passed by Congress to accomplish this. However correct me if I am wrong Mr. President those bills that you passed were for the benefit of Americans and now you want to take away not only the jobs of Americans in the country that you want to lead so graciously but the energy as well? Taking away fossil energy would be going against progress. But people please do not think of me as a rude man trying to mock his nation’s leader. I am just trying to let Americans know the consequences of the Government passing these bills and acts that could set America and maybe even other nations who maybe follow the U.S down a path of no return.
Fifty or so years ago this wasn’t even the biggest issue in our nation was it? No, the Civil Rights movement was our biggest concern. The civil unrest of Americans at the point in time and centuries before was idiotic, and it was all based on the pigmentation of someones skin. Congress people shunned a whole race for the color of their skin, what do you think people will do when you take the use of fossil fuel based energy away from their lives.
(An Environmentalist Leader is making a speech on the CNN Newsroom about Climate Change)
I don’t want to sugar coat anything that I say after this point but I have to speak my mind about this topic. Climate change is the most important issue that human beings as a whole should be focusing on. It is not a matter of what country this affects, who has the power to do something, how much time we have, No...It is all about do people understand that we are all contributing to the downfall of the Earth that we have so graciously taken away from for centuries?
I don’t care to hear from people that I have interviewed that say: Oh I don’t litter, I recycle, I see it as a problem, someone should do something. First have the people who have given me these invoices actually thought about what they are saying you are criticizing people about not only littering or contributing to the issue of climate change but you people who don’t take any actions to save the Earth are making yourselves out to be hypocrites. Are you actually giving awareness to the public and making people understand that they need to not only read about what the human civilization is doing to the mother of us, but are you taking the little steps to save the Earth.
There is a famous, well not a famous, well its famous to me thats all that matters but anyway there is a quote that speaks to me and should speak to everyone. And I quote: ¨Change doesn’t happen because you click like on Facebook.¨ That should speak to everyone who doesn’t take any actions to do something to save the Earth that we all live on. This should inspire those who are active members of climate change groups to at themselves as role models in order to get other people to take action.
It is spectacular to see basically every single nation leaders around the world who are role models to the public make idiotic speeches about how important the environment is but yet they do not emphasize the significance of how everyone needs to do their part to stop this monumental catastrophe in the world. Most people who are listening to my speech may be offended or moved or angry but obviously from everything that I have seen so far has proven to me that mankind will not take action to fight against climate change until it is already too late.
The World Awareness Show
(A World Awareness show that informs the public on global issues that Americans should be conscious about)
Is it on?...Push the button on the right (feels the microphone for the button). I don’t see it, you said the right side right?...Sorry folks we will start in a few seconds. (Walks to off stage to turn on the mic) All right I’m sorry for the inconvenience. Now I am going to talk a little bit about the show first we are going to have a question section to really key in the audience here and those who are viewing at home about the main issue we are focusing on for the week. Then the heavy stuff will start to come in. This is just pilot so I want to thank everyone in audience for coming your invoices on our online web page has given me the opportunity to come up on stage to talk to all you fine folk today. (Looks to the stage director and starts his show)
Okay now I want to start off with a question, what is the greatest issue that the world is facing and has been facing for a while? Yes you in the third row...Yeah white shirt what are your thoughts...Wars and terrorist yes that is a very pressing matter at this day and age but no. Can we get another. Purple shirt in the 7th row what are your thoughts...Education huh, good guess and while it is it is not the answer we are looking for. Um how about another... (Looks to the director who tells him to hurry it up) Okay because we are running out of time here lets get three more. You, you, and you yell your answers out...Government Policies, Poverty, and... Climate! Ding Ding Ding we have a winner correct. Climate change is the most pressing matter that everyone should be looking into at this point in time. Now before you all walk out of the room or change the channel at home hear me out for a second. We all saw how only one person out of five gave me the answer of climate change when I asked my question in percentages that is only 20%. That is a small percentage when you think about it and that is basically the amount of people who are climate change aware and take their time in order to make a difference not matter the significance from what I have seen so far. Although these are not real percentages these should speak to people who feel as though climate change is a problem but yet do not take any action.Let me ask people in the audience and here as well is the plastic from a Reese’s bar worth risking the lives of our children who will inherit the world in years to come. It doesn’t matter how much people try to justify whether they are doing their part in saving the environment. All people do is take and take and take from the Earth yet we do nothing to try and save it.
¡Es la Casa de Sus Sueños!
De Señorita Tea Corson y Señor Kevin Bowser
El Señor Lehmann
Nuestro cliente se nombre es El Señor Chris Lehmann. El Señor Lehmann tiene cuarenta tres años y vives en la Filadelfia. El Señor Lehmann es muy muy sociable, divertido, súper listo, y un increíblemente trabajar duro persona. En la Casa del Señor Lehmann tiene cinco niños y una esposa. La casa de sus es moderna y mediana. Algunos cosas sobre el Señor Lehmann es colores favoritos es azul y blanco, tiene dos carros, y el Señor Lehmann le encanta deportes. El Señor Lehmann es también el principal del escuela Science Leadership Academy.
Fotografia de la Casa
1. Frente de la Casa
2. Espalda de la Casa
3. Uno Piso: La sala con una sofá y la silla. Hay un puerto y dos carros garage. También una la cocina
4. Dos Piso: Hay un techo con patio. También Dos habitaciones con uno baño
5. Tres piso: La maestro habitacion con baño. Tambien hay son escaleras
¡Es las casa de sus Sueños!
Esta casa de sueños del Señor Lehmann es en un centro comercial Filadelfia. Esta cerca de un parque, transporte público, un banco, unos museos, y las escuelas. Esta casa es mediana en tamaño pero ¡asombrosamente vibrante y moderna, es muy lindo! La Casa es muy fabuloso y divertida para por la familia de cinco.
¡La casa tiene TODO!
Cuatro habitaciones lindas
Tres pisos elegante
Dos baños y uno mitad baño mediana y moderno
Dos carro y muchas bicicletas garaje totalmente nuevo con mucho espacio
El techo y un patio con un montón de espacio y de lujo
Con visitas de La Ciudad espectacular, Filadelfia
Solo cuesta: $7500.00
Contacto: Kevin y Tea
A. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it) Negative space is the part of a picture that is not covered with a subject, which is the main part of the picture. Basically it is the background of the picture that surrounds the main subject. Negative space helps the subject pop out the the viewer and balance the other parts of the drawing or picture.
B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your stool drawing? To find the negative space of the drawing I pretty much just outlined with my pencil the object that I wanted to draw so that I could get an idea of how much negative space I would need to balance my subject and the other components of the picture.
C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space? It helps an artist to see the negative space of their drawing for various reasons. One reason is that they are able to easily define the subject of the drawing so they can understand visually how much negative space needs to be implemented so that the drawing gives the right impression to the viewer. It also helps an artist compare to pictures of the same thing so that they can get a better idea of how to make their finally drawing have the right balance of negative space.
- D. How is negative space useful in creating art? It is useful in art because you don’t want the subject of the drawing to take up too much space, which would not cast the right impression on viewers, negative space is useful in balancing the components of a drawing. Negative space is meant to help artists make their drawings or pictures to the best of their abilities so that viewers can be captured by the thing that they are observing.
b. How did leaning this thing make your drawings better?
Since I learned about the vanishing point and lines that came out of it to make a one point perspective drawing it made me more aware of how to draw different objects or anything, because before when I would randomly draw there was really no consistency in them.
c. If you did this assignment again, what would you do differently?
One thing that I would differently would have to be taking more time to make sure that everything came out of my vanishing point correctly and I would have also made sure that the lines were straight. I would also take more time to make sure my room drawing was more efficient and met and exceeded the expectations more.
d. What is your advice to someone who has never drawn a one point perspective drawing before?
One piece of advice that I would give a person who has never drawn a one point perspective drawing before is to take your time and make sure everything that is on the drawing comes out of the vanishing point. This is because your vertical lines and everything on the drawing need be consistent in how the drawing would actually look like in real life based on how it is viewed by a person.
e. What resource helped you the most and why?
I think the original notes that we took in class as well as getting help from others who knew more about drawing than I did helped me the most. Both of these resources helped me because I'm a visual learner so being about to see notes, pictures, and someone showing me how to draw a specific part of the room was very helpful.
Mi nombre es Kevin soy de Filadelfia. Yo tengo catorce años y mi cumpleanos es el nueve de abril. Yo soy a estudiante en la escuela SLA en centro ciudad Filadelfia. SLA está cerca de Franklin instituto, siete once, y el Filadelfia museo. Mi escuela es muy divertido, extraña, y es súper increíblemente. En SLA hay son quinientos estudiantes, viente professors, y cinco pisos en el edificio.
En la escuela de SLA mis clases son español uno, inglés, matemáticas, historia, bioquímica, arte, y conserjería. No me gusta mucho bioquímica presión yo tengo no interesante en el experimentes. Sin embargo la clase me encanta es inglés, ¡lo siento! la señorita manuel me encanta espanol uno siempre. Ingles profesor es el señor Kay. Me gusta ingles clase presion el señor Kay es muy comico. También en la clase Nosotros leemos, escribimos, y cuando tenemos tiempo libre nosotros relajar. Para tener éxito en esta clase. Necesito unas lápices, unos libros, unos papeles, un computadora, un cargadora, y un carpeta.
La señorita manuel es mi profesora en la clase de español uno. La senorita manuel compleaños es el diecisiete de mayo. Físicamente la señorita manuel es un poquita baja, guapa, delgada, y es muy tranquila. La señorita manuel es muy muy super talentosa A enseñar. La señorita enseñar la clase es muy suavemente y energéticamente para mantener el estudiantes interesante y involucrado en español uno. La señorita manuel enseña el waka waka, bailar y cantar, comico videos, y divertido juegos para aprender el información. También saco buenas notas en esta clase.
El señor kay es me ingles profesor y es también entrenador el basketball equipo la escuela ¡SLA! el señor Kay es divertido y es un poquito bajo, los ojos negros, bajo pelas, y es muscular. el señor Kay enseña la clase comico para inglés clase. El señor Kay mantener la clase interesante incluso cuando nosotros trabajar duro y la clase es serio. el señor Kay enseñar divertido cosas gusta el inglés lengua, nosotros leemos, tenemos pláticas, y Muhammad Ali conflicto. Saco buenas notas en esta clase.
La escuela de SLA es un muy divertido entorno para aprender en. SLA es el perfecto escuela ser aparte de. Hay son much de estudiantes que son bueno amigos y amigas que me encanta pasar un rato con. Lo que más me gusta de SLA es el Franklin Instituto por que es muy increíblemente interesante. Aprendemos mucho sobre historia y ciencia en pasado. También nosotros tenemos un sesenta minuto almuerzo, y como si fuera poco nosotros muy bien professores en SLA que tengo son creativos A enseñar.
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