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The Taming of the Shrew - Humour In The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare creates humour through his characters by creating false realities as demonstrated by Petruchios behaviour and attire in the scene of his wedding and by the use of subterfuge and mistaken identity shown in the final scenes with the transformation of Kate and Biancas respective personas He also uses irony quite extensively especially towards the end of the play as can be seen in the final wager scene The concept that things are not always as they seem is quite evident in the events surrounding and including Petruchios wedding ceremony This particular scene in the play demonstrates how the use of false realities a real situation falsely presented in order to deliberately deceive can be used to create humour 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 depiction of Petruchio conforms to Shakespeares technique of using false realities in order to create humour This can also be seen in the false identity that Petruchio puts forth in his quest for dominion over Kate that of the eccentric egomaniac However these false realities are not enough by themselves as the audience has nothing to go by but what they see before them and so they are not to know that this is not Petruchios true personality and so Shakespeare employs another essential element of humour he lets the audience know what is truly transpiring while the characters themselves remain oblivious to the truth He does this using a soliloquy in which Petruchio states the strategies he shall use
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