Study Guide

The Lord in The Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare

The Lord

You remember him, right? He's the jerk in the Induction scenes at the beginning of the play – he stumbles across a passed out Christopher Sly and decides to teach the drunken beggar a "lesson." When the Lord gives orders to have Sly dressed up like a nobleman and duped into believing that he's been sleeping for the past fifteen years, he acts a lot like a theater director. His interest in role playing and amateur directing reminds us of another guy who likes to act and write plays: Shakespeare. Is Big Willy having second thoughts about his career in the theater? Nah. He's just having a little fun with the audience while he points out that what passes for "entertainment" can be sort of sick and twisted.