Since the earliest days of earth, the art of storytelling has been the primary form of communication for all civilizations. It is present in the hieroglyphics of ancient empires and even in the movies in which our present cultures find so dear. Although countless stories have been told, only a handful of the plots that guide these stories are completely original. It is true that various elements of many stories are original, but once you chip away these elements, many revised aspects of previous works are unveiled. The originality of these rare plots is the exact attribute that makes these plots unforgettable and often remade.
One of the most known of these plots, is also the plot which is the basis of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. This particular plot consists mainly of a confident man who is determined to discipline a strong-willed woman. The characters often develop throughout the story to leave the readerwith a strong sense of finality at story’s end, but as the years pass, the finality is commonly sacrificed for entertainment. These elements have allowed it to be remade numerous times and to be the basis of many other stories.
The original play consisted of love struck gentlemen attempting to persuade a traveler to marry a stubborn woman in order to cause her youngest sister to be available. The character development takes an unusual turn as the supporting characters develop more quickly than the main characters, but suddenly halt, allowing the main characters to surpass them. This effect led to an ending with mystery, but finality. The ending also uses some fable elements to construct a code of conduct for women of that time period.
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Another interesting aspect of this plot is its use of humor. As I evaluate famous works of this period, I rarely recall any that use an immensity of humor to reveal certain thoughts of the story’s characters. An example of this is the conflict between Petruchio and Katherine concerning the crest of Petruchio’s family.
The plot was revisited with the release of “Kiss Me Kate” during the height of Broadway. This remake was not actually the play, but rather, the story of the actors performing the play. Although the story had experienced changes, the basic plot elements were still the same. By this I mean that a man attempts to change the will of a woman that holds his love.
Another difference in “Kiss Me Kate” is the distortion of the approaches that led the original to be even more unique. The use of fable elements was not present in this version, but a message was hidden only in the actions of the characters. This decreased the spiritual value of the play and coincidently, the overall value. The use of humor was distorted in order to keep the attention of viewers that increased the entertainment, but took away from the play’s purity.
Although “Kiss Me Kate” was an excellent play, I believe that Hollywood demolished the play’s purity, taking away from the experience. It may have kept the attention of the audience, but did it leave with a adjustment of behavior? Did it present the same sense of finality?
It was once again revisited in the recent film “10 Things I Hate About You” during a time of growing success in simplistic romances. The most interesting aspect of this film was the distinct similarities between the original and itself. The plot was identical as well as the method of character develop which left you with a superb ending. The only thing that takes away from this film is its distortion of approaches and the vast amount of changes made by Hollywood.
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This film is similar to “Kiss Me Kate” in the ways in which the approaches were distorted. Once again, the fable elements were not present, leaving you guessing at the end. Also, the humor was modernized to attract a younger audience, but still keep the original impact. In my opinion, certain parts achieved this while others left the overall movie hanging.
As I examined certain points throughout each piece, I noticed that the newer pieces left out the woman’s code of conduct presented in the original. After noticing this certain motives entered my head. At the time of the original, women were considered inferior to men, but as the story was modernized, this view was no longer favored among the people. In order to prevent controversy and meet the views of the consumers, these movies dropped the conduct given at story’s end. In conclusion, even the greatest story weather as they cycle through the harsh force known as time.