Murasaki created a female character strong enough to reject Genji but still delicate to fit the Heian female description. The powerful depiction of women in Tale of Genji mirrored the persona of Murasaki herself. Murasaki did many things not common during the Heian period. Instead of marrying upon reaching puberty, she stayed with her father until she was ready to get married. She also hated men in general due to their consistent drunkenness and somberness.
These seemingly simple words of welcome resonate, setting the context for the story about to unfold before us. We know that theatricality will be paramount to the story as the clever Induction pulls us into the drama through the story of Christopher Sly's duping. The Induction focuses our attention on the idea of appearances being deceiving, as well as on the importance of acting and role playing, but then it stops abruptly once The Taming of the Shrew proper begins. Why then take the time to introduce us to Sly and the merry jest of the Lord and his household?
In act 4, scene 3, the readers get insight on Kates personality when she politely stands up for herself saying that she has the right to speak on whether she likes or dislikes an item of clothing. At this specific point in the play, Kate is acting rather kind but still strong-willed enough that her peers understand that she is going to get what she wants. Overall, Petruchio has changed Kates mindset because she is saying things that she would have screamed at people more softly and lovingly.