Essay on The Purpose of the Induction of The Taming of The Shrew
There has been much speculation and debate over the necessity and purpose of Shakespeare's Induction to 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
The Induction can be interpreted in various ways and a common view is that it is not essential to the play. Indeed, the play alone would suffice without it; as has occurred in various performances of 'The Taming of The Shrew'. Personally, however, I feel that the purpose of the Induction is to frame the play and introduce themes and issues that develop in the play, to the audience.
The Induction could be considered quite light and a painless approach to the otherwise darker aspects of the play. In this way …show more content…
At the end of the jest Sly returns to his natural state, however in the play Katherina's transformation is permanent because of the belief that the way she was before was unnatural and the intolerable behaviour is beaten out of her.
In the Induction, the woman's roles and behaviour are constructed by a male playwright and the solitary female is played by a young man. Indeed, the cast of plays in Shakespeare's times were predominately female with the