In The Taming of the Shrew, what is the relevance of the Induction to the plotline?
This is an excellent question. It is rather amusing to note that so many directors choose to willingly omit the Induction from productions of this excellent play even when a clear relationship between the Induction and the rest of the play can be drawn. If you are studying this play, I think it is incredibly important to realise how Shakespeare uses the convention of the play within a play in this comedy just as he does elsewhere in his oeuvre (for example in A Midsummer Night's Dream).
To my mind, the relationship between the Induction and the rest of the play has two central correlations: the way that it points towards the artificiality of the play setting, especially concerning cross dressing, and the way it indicates the importance of social...
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