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In the Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare creates humour in at least three different ways First with the amusing induction which makes the audience laugh and anticipate more comedy Second the Taming of the Shrew is a comedy of characters where false realities are everywhere Finally it is also a comedy of intrigue full or irony where characters are placed in amusing situations where things are not always what they seem The humour in the play is first presented to the audience by the induction in which Sly the drunken tinker is the chief person The elaborate joke played by the Lord on Sly is very amusing Bartholomew pretending to be the wife is hilarious Layers of illusions are added in this induction when players themselves are deceived by the Lord The audience goes along with this impossible deception of Sly and a humourous ambience is achieved even before Act I has started The deception and false reality continue right through the play One can see two aspects of this amusing presentation The comedy of characters where the behaviour and actions of some characters are truly humourous sometimes because they are not what they pretend to be but other times because their behaviour or their persona is different from what the audience has come to expect False realities are demonstrated for example by Petruchios behaviour and attire in the scene of his wedding This false reality a real situation falsely presented in order to deliberately deceive creates great comic scenes Biondello describes Petruchios appearance to Baptista and by doing so sets up the expectations of the audience He says that Petruchio comes wearing New hat and old jerkin a pair of old breeches thrice turned a pair of boots that have been candle-cases one buckled another laced an old rusty swordewith a broken hilt and chapeless his horse hippedwith an old mothy saddle Act III Scene II This
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