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Thread: The Taming of the Shrew: Induction I and II

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    Cur etiam hic es? Redzeppelin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Virgil View Post
    You know, Red, I didn't catch on to what you meant when I first read this. Now I see.
    Thanks. I made this point in light of some I will be making as we progress deeper into the play. Althought the play - on its surface - appears to be about the perennial "battle of the sexes," I think there's more to it, and that the idea of "choosing" one's identity will play a crucial role. More on that later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesta Luna View Post
    I am on to Scene 1 & 2, but still very curious about this induction. It seems very dismissive on the BBC film maker's part to delete it.
    It is frequently done since it seeds stage difficulties. Do you keep sly on stage distaracting the audience from the Kate & Petruchio the whole time? When or how do you get him off? Do you go back to him later? Since there's no scene available for it what does one do with it? A lot of directors just eliminate it, but I think it can have a lot to add if you bookend the play with Sly somehow. There's no evidence that Shakespeare did this, but I would like to see it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Virgil View Post
    Can you point it out Night? I don't see what you're talking about. Sly is supposed to be drunk i think.
    He begins speaking in verse. you can tell because of the capital letters at the beginning of his lines.

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    Yeah. Confirmed athiest and homosexual, spying for the English government in continental Europe is called back by the Queen and stabbed through the head by his own bodyguard. Had he lived, this may have been a Marlowe reading series instead of Shakespeare.

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    Are you allowed to extend the part of the Induction? If you can't do it verbally, I'd certainly have Sly and his 'wife' go off to bed with the others at the end (well, not actually with them if you get my meaning). However I think that's sort of implied in Act 1 Scene 1, when Sly wishes that the play was over though he praises it (presumably so he can enjoy some 'alone' time with his 'wife')

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