An agreement will often contain a clause, near the beginning of agreement, that describes the purpose of the agreement and foreshadows the topics or subject matters that will be covered by the agreement. This clause, which is the "recitals" or "background" clause of an agreement will describe what the agreement is about (e.g. the purchase of shares or assets), the role of the parties and the relationship between the parties (among others). The recitals are intended to set the background for the agreement and can thus aid in the interpretation of the agreement.