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Multiple Heroes in The Taming of the Shrew Throughout Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew it is easy to see that a great responsibility is put on Petruchio for his efforts in having to tame the shrew Katherine With this responsibility also came admiration when his goal was finally achieved Because of this admiration for taming a shrew Petruchio is the character most looked upon as a hero in this play However I believe that although Petruchio can be looked upon as a hero Katherine and Bianca also have good arguments as to how they are heroes also because of the drastic ways they changed as people In my eyes The Taming of the Shrew has more than one hero in fact there are multiple heroes The most obvious hero in this Shakespearean play is Petruchio Petruchio upon setting foot in Padua has announced that he has come Happily to wive and thrive as best I may Dolan 63 He is looking for a wife and feels like he has much to offer Hortensio jokingly tells Petruchio about Katherine the shrew which immediately sparks Petruchios interest in the wealthy fiery woman After Petruchio and Katherines first meeting in Act II Scene I Petruchio says this For I am he born to tame you Kate And bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate Comformable as other household KatesI must and will have Katharine to my wife Dolan 83 This is where the story begins When the story comes to an end in the last few scenes it is obvious that Katherine has now been tamed Petruchio has accomplished what he has set out to do by taming her the way he would tame a pet falcon He says in Act IV Scene 1 in reference to treating her like a falcon This is the way to kill a wife with kindness And thus Ill curb her mad and headstrong humor He
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