Ten Things I Hate About You
Patrick and Kat, from the film "10 Things I Hate About You" are at first marginalised for their individuality, but ultimately become successful characters with privileged values, who make better sense of their world. This view will be supported firstly by exploring the different sub-culture groupings represented in the film. Secondly, by establishing the stereotypes of each character. Finally, by looking at the emotions and behaviours of each character. Many teenage sub-culture groupings are represented in the film "10 Things I Hate About You". Some of these many sub-cultures and stereotypes represented in the film are of an adolescent's world. Some of these sub-cultures and stereotypes are, Coffee Kids, The think "Black" people, Cowboys, Geeks, The Beautiful People and the antisocial. Patrick and Kat represent and belong to the antisocial loners. They aren't part of the popular groups and they prefer to be alone and have only 1 or 2 friends.
This film establishes teenage sub-culture based and built on stereotype. Bianca is stereotyped as one of the "Beautiful, popular people" and is symbolised by the clothes she wears, she is selfish, spoilt, immature and thinks highly of herself, her friends and boyfriend are the same stereotype as her . Kat is stereotyped by her individual clothing, she says what is on her mind and doesn't care what other people think of her.
Mr Morgan is a teacher who appears to be strict and mean to his students, but
he is really trying to help his students and cares for them. Being a black American teacher he is also part of a minority group. Mr Stratford is the dad of Kat and Bianca, he is an doctor who delivers womans babies every day, so he thinks his daughters are going to get pregnant and he tries to protect them from this, he strict and overprotective because their mother left the family and he is the only parent they have.
In this film adults are stereotyped as well as the teenagers. Mr Stratford is the single dad of Kat and Bianca. He is strict, and trying his best to look after his daughters, but I think he finds it difficult without the help of their mother. He wants to appear cool to his daughters, but embarrasses them a lot.
When Patrick and Kat are first introduced, we are positioned to view them as marginalised characters because the main point of them being introduced is so they will go out together and this will allow Kats' sister Bianca, to be able to date and go out to parties, and have a more social life.
In rejecting the popular sub-culture grouping available at their school, Patrick and Kat actually belong to another sub-culture group symbolised by anti-social, aggressive behaviour. Patrick and Kat are part of a sub-culture group where they are each individuals, each with their own beliefs and ideas, different to each other, but they are part of a sub-culture group, which is not one of the popular groups.
Patrick and Kat share an attraction based on each characters recognition of and appreciation for the others individuality. This is shown when Patrick eventually falls in love with Kat even though he was being paid to go out with her. He liked the person she was, that she was different and had different opinions to him. Kat liked Patrick even though there were rumours about him, she didn't listen to them, she asked him herself to get the true answers.
Even though Patrick and Kat were loner characters at the start, and did not belong to any popular sub-culture group, they each stuck to their beliefs and did not try to become different people. This made them become close, they did not try to change each other, they respected each other and their different opinions.