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by William Shakespeare

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How does the "Induction" contribute to The Taming of the Shrew. Please give any ideas as I must write a 300 word essay on this topic.    

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This is quite a big question, so I'll try to point you in some thoughtful directions for your essay.

First, you should know that plays in Shakespeare's day were often performed as sort of "command" performances for the nobility.  Special occasions as weddings, birthdays, etc. might be celebrated with a performance.  Shakespeare's company of actors did not play in the Globe year round, so his plays were also performed in these more intimate circumstances.

The Induction, involving the transformation of Christopher Sly from a lowly tinker to a Lord ends with the arrival of a group of players, meant to perform for this "Lord," and this ushers in the performance of Taming of the Shrew .  We can be fairly certain that...

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