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Why Do the Induction Scenes Make an Effective Opening To the Play?

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GCSE JRR Tolkien

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TAMING OF THE SHREW

WHY DO THE INDUCTION SCENES MAKE AN EFFECTIVE OPENING TO THE PLAY? HOW DOES SHAKESPEARE HOLD THE AUDIENCES ATTENTION?

The play has an unusual opening because it has two induction scenes; one set outside an alehouse and the other in the lord's castle, both of which don't have much in common with the main part of the play, although, there are several themes, which run throughout the play such as trickery, love and disguise. This play, The Taming Of The Shrew, is principally a play within a play, this can be described as a concentric box; where and audience are watching actors, which are also an audience of an internal play. The audience are watching the play as a whole, the lord is watching Sly, Sly is watching the play performed by the travelling actors and in that play Tranio and Lucentio watch the Minola family. Shakespeare chose this method of play writing to encourage intrigue towards understanding the characters. In Induction One, Sly is causing a disturbance outside of an alehouse, after refusing to pay for the damage he has caused; there is a vocal dispute and before it is resolved Sly falls

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