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Zo Charlwood Topic 1 - The impact of Shakespeares Induction in Taming of the Shrew thematically on the rest of the play Introduction In the play Taming Of The Shrew set in the 16th century its author William Shakespeare tells a story of a shrewish unmarried woman Katherine She is courted and married by a man attracted by her money who then sets out to tame her The induction which precedes the main play introduces one of the main themes of the play the attempt to change and improve a characters personality by changing her material circumstances It uses humour to make a number of points for the audience to reflect on in the play proper In the induction Sly is to be persuaded that he is infact a lord and that he has been in a deep sleep for the past 15yrs A play is to be performed that night which is were Taming of the Shrew begins This scene and the one that follows it form the framework of the drama itself so it is infact a play inside a play The relevance of the induction to the main play is not immediately obvious as none of the characters actually follow through into the play But it does approach the theme of character change The induction is a role reversal of the theme of the main play Sly is given all the things that Katherine has taken away from her by Petruchio In doing so a change occurred in Slys circumstances but his personality remained the same He still likes the same old things even though he has accepted he is a lord I am a lord indeedAnd once again a pot othsmallest ale Ind2ln70 Katherine is also put in a similar situation but under different circumstances and the concept of class is introduced Her privileges as a noblewoman are removed in an act to change her personality Sly
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