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The Demo of Petruchio by Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew In addition to being the name of one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, The Taming of the Shrew was likewise the self appointed character and paramount intention of one of it's primary characters, Petruchio. Shakespeare presents this central character in many different ways and care has to be taken so that ancient unfavourable beliefs of Petruchio might not be misleading. What did Shakespeare want his audience to consider this 'apparent' fortune ? Can this guy from Verona a heartless tyrant or merely a manly figure, confident but perceptive, who's met his equal at the feisty Katherina? The plot has been revealed in Scene 1 for Bianca's would-be suitors to find a husband for Katherina. Petruchio is introduced in Act 1 Scene 2, in a humorous way. Upon arriving at the house of his friend Hortensio, he orders his servant Grumio to knock the door. His slave makes great jest using a pun on the term 'knock' (which also means to hit someone), deliberately misinterpreting his master. This angers Petruchio who becomes impatient and wrings his ears causing Hortensio to intervene to calm the situation. Shakespeare provides an immediate impression of Petruchio as someone who's impatient and doesn't suffer fools gladly. He will not wait but strikes out when riled. Petruchio furthers this belief of himself as a ruthless personality when he shows his purpose for being in Padua is: "Happily to wive and thrive as best I may". (Act 1, Scene 2, line 53) On hearing about 'a wise ill-favoured' heiress named Katherina from Hortensio, he determines to marry h.. .