How does The Taming of the Shrew show comic tension?

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How does Shakespeare create comic tension in the Induction of The Taming of the Shrew?

 ‘Taming of the Shrew’ is the only known play written by Shakespeare to have an Induction. This Induction was written by Shakespeare to introduce the idea of a play within a play to the audience.

The Induction to the play is quite a complex structure; at the start of the induction the audience is introduced to a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly, caught in a fight with the Hostess of what is presumed to be a tavern or alehouse.  There is an immediate sense of comedy to the opening of the Induction as the audience is shown Sly cussing the Hostess with foul language, “I’ll pheeze you, in faith”. In return the Hostess threatens to put Sly in a ‘pair of stocks’. This is an example of Shakespeare trying to create comic tension as this drama is clearly commenting on the sexist inequality between both genders during this time. Sly perceives himself as quite noble, stating to the Hostess that he “came in with Richard Conquer”. Being drunk this would probably be discredited as he is clearly trying to exert power over the hostess as she is a woman.

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Shakespeare has created this argument involving Sly to capture the attention of the audience, the language used by Sly and the Hostess, the swearing and the anger, this causes a lot of tension between the characters and additionally, this scene was created by Shakespeare to present Sly as a fool to the audience.

However, when the Lord is introduced, the audience is given an image of what seems like a descendants of royalty, the way the lord orders the huntsman to “tender well my hounds”, it gives the  audience the true impression of someone who holds great power over ...

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