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The Taming of the Shrew Scenes
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A Player. I think 'twas Soto that your honour means. Lord. 'Tis very true: thou didst it excellent. Well, you are come to me in a happy time; The rather for I have.
can you help me remember how to smile
Simply by wearing the costume, he is able to humiliate her. It may be shameful for Kate to be matched to someone in such attire, but she knows she has no choice if she does not wish to become an old maid. She consents to let the ceremony proceed, even with Petruchio dressed like a clown, and thus yields to his authority before the wedding even begins. The outfit also symbolizes the transient nature of clothing. Petruchio declares that Kate is marrying him, not his clothes, indicating that the man beneath the attire is not the same as the attire itself. Thus, Lucentio, dressed as a tutor, cannot escape the fact that he must return to his true identity.
The Taming of the Shrew is a story within a story. The play resembles the structure of the so-called frame tale, a literary work in which one story presents another story, or several stories. To entertain themselves on the way, various pilgrims tell stories. Thus, the outer story about the pilgrimage becomes the frame of the inner stories, which focus on unrelated topics. The inner stories are like a painting; the outer story is like its frame—hence, the term frame tale. The five-act play, presented before Sly by an acting troupe, is the inner story. The play has two story lines: the main plot, involving Petruchio and Katharina, and the subplot, involving Bianca and her suitors.