The Taming of the Shrew Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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Why is the action fast-paced in Act 2 of The Taming of the Shrew?  

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The simplest answer to your question is that quick action, a fast pace, is a key component in a Comedy.  It is the potential mix-ups, mistaken identities, and fast, witty banter that make a Comedy funny.  Shakespeare makes this even more possible in Act II, by having it be one long scene without break.

Act Two seals the engagements of both Kate (to Petruchio) and Bianca (to Lucentio ...though it is Tranio pretending to be Lucentio who "wins" her hand.  Meanwhile, Bianca has fallen in love with the right Lucentio, disguised as Cambio.)  And these events happen quickly because, as the audience, we aren't meant to sit and ponder the logic of...

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