Shakespeare in High School

10 Things I Hate About You may seem like a typical high school romance, but it’s not. Many people probably don’t realize that it’s actually a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew. Which unlike other Shakespeare tales, I’m not too familiar with. The basic gist of that story is that a man attempts to “tame” his shrewish wife, meanwhile two men compete over the wife’s more desirable younger sister. Instead of taking place in 16th century Italy, it takes place in a 20th century High School. Instead of being about courting, it’s about dating. Oh yeah, it’s also much less misogynistic. The romance in 10 Things I Hate About You (especially the poem in which the movie is named after) is very heartfelt. They make lots of references to Shakespeare’s work, and it can be quite funny. It’s defiantly one of the best romance or teen movies from the 90’s. R.I.P. Heath Ledger.


Patrick (left) and Kat (right) at the school dance

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