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How do you write a personal response on a comparison of movie adaptations?This is for...

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studentl | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 13, 2010 at 1:02 PM via web

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How do you write a personal response on a comparison of movie adaptations?

This is for The Taming of the Shrew. I have to make a comparison between the three movie adaptations: 10 Things I Hate About You,  BBC's The Taming of the Shrew and the 1965 version of The Taming of the Shrew, reviewed in 1995.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM (Answer #1)

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While I have my personal opinions of these three movies, you need to write a response that is grounded in your personal reaction to them.  A solid approach to crafting a response to your assignment is watch each of the three movies and make notes about what you liked and didn't like in each version.  As you watch ask yourself how closely the movie matches the Shakespearean text.  What are the strengths and weaknesses in regards to screen play, casting, setting, costumes etc.

It seems that your job is write your opinions, making sure to comment about the a particular aspect of a movie in light of the other versions.  If you like the casting of Katherine in one movie, explain why, and in that explaination be sure to comment on the casting of Katherine in at least one of the other versions.  If you like the modern language, explain why the traditional language of the other movies didn't suit you.  As long as you balance your discussion you should be in good shape.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM (Answer #2)

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The key element here is the notion of "personal."  I think that this was brought out nicely in the previous thoughts, and is something that you can explore with a series of questions.  The way in which characters are presented and depicted throughout the three adaptations might have appealed to you in different ways.  Discussing these manners of depictions from a personal might be a good start.  It would be important to combine your personal approach rooted in what is there.  Meaning, I think that you need to make very clear how what you experience and what you see impacts you and your understanding of the work.  Just on face value, the presentation in "10 Things I Hate About You" is probably going to strike you differently than the classical presentations offered.  How do you feel about this?  I think that this could represent the fundamental starting point in this exploration.   I would stress that ensuring that you are clear on the task description is going to be a part of this.  If you are required to reflect from a personal point of view in relation to the text, this is something that is going to have to be integrated in what you present.

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tyler-k | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted February 26, 2014 at 1:42 AM (Answer #3)

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The most important part of writing a personal response paper is to not be afraid to state your opinion. But you must do it in a way that won't come across as offensive or defamatory to any person or work you are critiquing. You have to fully understand all of the topics you are discussing. It is okay to have extremely polar and strong opinions on the pieces, and you are welcome to express your opinion as fully as you wish. 

It also might help to compare and contrast the pieces you are writing about, and how you see them as similar or different. Don't be afraid to use "I, me, my", unless your professor explicitly told you not to.

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