In the movie, many actors play roles based upon characters in the play by Shakespeare. Some examples of this, other than the ones above, are: Patrick (or ‘Pat’) playing the role of Patriotic, Walter (Kate and Banana’s father) plays the role of Baptists, Cameron plays the role of Licentious, and Joey plays the combined role of Horniness and Grimier. The plot is essentially the same thing. In both of them there is a “Shrew” that gets tamed by a guy that is rough in so that someone else can have the “Shrews” sister.
The settings, however, are very different. The play takes in place in Italy back in Shakespearean times, but the movie takes place in the sass at a high school in Seattle, Washington. The language, clothing, and technology in the movie is much more modern than in the play. Another thing that is different is how the patriarchal society in the play (which can be seen with lines such as Pedicurist’s, ‘Women are made to bear, and so are you’) changed into more of n equal society in the movie.
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There are many references to Taming of the Shrew in the movie. For example, sometimes you will hear someone say a direct quote from the play such as when Cameron states, “l pine, I burn, perish. ” This is the same phrase Licentious states in the play. Also in the play Licentious wishes to wed Bianca but cannot until her older sister Katherine is married so he becomes Banana’s tutor in order to become closer to her. This is paralleled in the movie hen Cameron acts as a French tutor to Bianca.
Some other Shakespeare references are: Pad, the name of the town in the movie and the play; the Elizabethan theme of the prom; the English assignment to write sonnets; and a girl obsessed with Shakespeare.