The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

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How do the lord's instructions to Bartholomew in the Induction introduce the main theme of the play?

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In The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare plays his hand at describing working relationships. The play focuses on the roles of women in relationships and marriage. The major theme throughout the play is that people lie: many people, specifically women, lie and present themselves as something they are not. Ultimately, Shakespeare’s central theme in the play is that sincerity in a relationship is more important than the vanity of a first impression.

We see this theme play out in the action of the play. Katherine is at first presented as if she is a "shrew." She is seen as hard-headed and hot-tempered, and she has no suitors, which leads people to say even worse things about her. She is contrasted with her sister, Bianca, who is presented as being mild and good-tempered. However, we learn that first impressions are deceiving. Katherine might seem harsh at first, but over the course of the play, we learn that she is kind and smart. She cares for a servant and can see things from other people’s...

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