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The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his most controversial plays for a variety of reasons. Written in sixteenth-century England, where anti-Semitism was common and the presence of Jews was not, the play poses many questions concerning racial, religious and human difference. The play is especially tricky to examine in today’s society, as its anti-Semitic themes and language can be uncomfortable to face in a world post-Holocaust. Additionally, the depiction of the relationship between Jews and Christians, which has always been an ambivalent one, adds a very interesting albeit difficult dimension to this play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2942 words
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The Merchant of Venice - The Merchant of Venice is shows the dynamics of love and to what extent humans will go to show love, they will use their wealth and even be prepared to give up their life for the people they love. Both Antonio and Portia love Bassanio differently. Portia perceives Antonio’s phileo in competition with her eros, (both forms of love will be defined later) and throughout the play she is seen trying to defeat Antonio’s phileo and she does this by subjugating Antonio, firstly with her wealth, she offers to pay of his debt to Shylock three times more the amount he had bound himself, then she saves his life and finally teaching Bassanio that she can use her womanly powers to refuse him the consummat...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2962 words
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Dispute Resolution in The Merchant of Venice - Shakespearean literature has been long commended by scholars for its incorporation of legal discourse into its plot structures that further paves way for interdisciplinary study of law. Practically all of Shakespearean texts are known to have tangential relation and relevance to legal practice but plays like “Merchant of Venice” have scenes that do not only depict a courtroom trial but also shed light on some key aspects and methods of dispute resolution that are arbitration, conciliation, negotiations and mediation....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1360 words
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Discrimination in The Merchant of Venice - Discrimination is a resounding theme in The Merchant of Venice (Meyers). All of the characters are affected by inequality. This inequity is evidenced clearly in Shylock, the Jewish usurer. He is treated with scorn and derision by all the characters. Shylock’s misfortunes stem not from poor attributes or even a poor background; it stems from the fact he is Jewish, and what is more, he is impenitent of that distinction. If he had been more daunted by Christian influence, he might have been forgiven, as Jessica is subjectively exonerated....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Religion in The Merchant of Venice - Religion was a major factor in a number of Shakespeare’s plays. Religion motivated action and reasoning. In Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” religion was more than a belief in a higher being; it reflected moral standards and ways of living. In the “Merchant of Venice,” “a Christian ethic of generosity, love, and risk-taking friendship is set in pointed contrast with a non-Christian ethic that is seen, from a Christian point of view, as grudging, resentful, and self-calculating.” (Bevington, pg....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Tragedy in The Merchant of Venice - According to dictionary.com, a tragedy is a form of art based on human suffering; furthermore, it is a dramatic composition, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. Tragedy elements are that in which a protagonist agonizes disconnection from society and also, he or she makes an error or shows awful decision making. There are typically deaths which arise at the end or near the end of the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Stereotypes and The Merchant of Venice - Stereotypes are a fixed image of all members of a culture, group, or race usually based on limited and inaccurate information resulted from the minimal contact with this stereotyped groups. stereotypes have many forms; people are stereotyped according to their religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, coulor, or national origins. This kind of intolerance is focused on the easily observable characteristics of groups of people. In general, stereotypes reduce individuals to a rigid and inflexible image that doesn't account for the multi-dimensional nature of human beings....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Drama in Merchant of Venice - The Merchant of Venice is a romantic and funny play that has a lot of characters. In Shakespear times people found different things funny like insulting foreigners. There is always some form of drama in plays this makes the audience more excited and more into the play.One of the most dramatic plots in the play was when a wealthy heiress named Portia had to find a husband. Portia was a wealthy woman that inherited all her fathers money and her father left three caskets if someone wanted to marry her they would have to pick a casket if they pick the wrong casket they are never allowed to marry again but if they pick the right casket all of Portia wealth goes to her husband....   [tags: Merchant of Venice, shakespeare, ] 813 words
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The Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? - In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “The Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 862 words
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Shakespeare's Bias on Religon in The Merchant of Venice - In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice there is a palpable hatred between the Jewish moneylender Shylock and the privileged prodigal Christians Bassanio, Lorenzo, Antonio, Gratiano and Portia. History shows that Jews have long been persecuted and despised for not accepting Christianity, Islam or other religions of the majority as their own. Yet choice of religion is not the cause for the two cultures abhorrence. Their detestation is much more deep-rooted; it stems from their antithetical cultural beliefs....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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The Merchant of Venice - "The Merchant of Venice" by WIlliam Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice" is a play about revenge, justice, deseption and friendship. The story is about, Shylock a wealth Jew, lending one of his enemies, Antonoi, three thousand ducats. Although Antonio is a rich merchant all his resources are in his ships, trading too distant countries, but because he wants to help out his friend, Bassanio, he has no choice but to ask Shylock for a loan , not to know it could lead to his death. In this play there is a big difference between the Christian charaters and Shylock, the main difference being Shylock seems to be more interested in his money and business rather than human relationships, which the C...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 471 words
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The Merchant Of Venice - The Merchant Of Venice Act 1 In the fist act, Antonio is introduced as the Merchant of Venice. A friend of him, Bassanio, desperately needs money because all of his money is on his ships and he wants to go to Belmont to visit the woman of his dreams, Portia. Therefore he goes to Antonio to ask if he is willing to go to Shylock and ask him if he can have 3000 ducats. Antonio agrees and goes to Shylock and explains that he has to pay it back within 3 months. If he doesn't do this, he may cut one pound of his fair flesh......   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 524 words
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The Merchant Of Venice - When William Shakespear wrote, The merchant Of Venice, he made a female character that has a huge influence on the play. In most of his work, the women don’t have much power and are not very smart. In the Merchant Of Venice, Portia is a woman that saves the life of a man using her head. Another woman created by Shakespear that is a lot alike with Portia is Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing. Both of these ladies add to the main theme of the plays because of their brains, and smart remarks, as well as being careing....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1041 words
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The Merchant Of Venice - What They Cannot See In this world, there are many aspects of blindness whether it is mentally or physically. Either way, each blindness brings out the disability in each person. Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare presents more than one form of blindness, which complicates the social order of the society, and I feel that the blindness, being their imperfection, creates tension between characters, which is weakened by blindness. When the characters are being blind, they are corrupted by their actions and somehow they do not care who they are hurting as long as they know they are getting the best out of something....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 2455 words
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The Merchant of Venice - The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice was written in 1598 by William Shakespeare. The story is set in Elizabethan times, which was the sixteenth century. People back then were quite prejudiced towards any race that was not Christian. They would have hated Jews. When Shylock would come onto the stage, the audience would have just booed him back off. The Christians had their reasons for hating the Jews. The fact that they supposedly killed “Jesus” still angers many people today. Christians were resentful of their wealth....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2435 words
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The Merchant Of Venice - When William Shakespeare wrote, The Merchant of Venice, he included a female character that influences the play dramatically. In most of Shakespeare's plays, the women have little power and intelligence. In The Merchant of Venice, however, Portia is a woman that saves the life of a man with her wit and intelligence. Another woman created by Shakespeare that posses qualities similar to Portia is Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing. Both women add to the main themes of the play because of their ability to use their intelligence and witty remarks as well as having a loving heart....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 878 words
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The Merchant Of Venice - The Merchant of Venice The playgoers of Shakespeare's times, a successful drama was one that combined a variety of action, along with a mixture of verse and prose in the language used. This variety was achieved, and character and atmosphere was summarized. Modern playwrights tend to describe their characters in detail in the stage directions, leaving very little for the reader to discover. However, Shakespeare's describing of a character is scarce. Usually, when reading Shakespeare's work, the audience has to detect the personality of the character by the character's action in the play, relationship towards other characters in the play , and most of all the character's manner of spee...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1026 words
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The Role Of Prejudice In The Merchant Of Venice - The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice This paper discusses the subject of prejudice in the William Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. I. Introduction William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed. The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his friend, Bassanio....   [tags: The Merchant Of Venice]
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Modern Interpretation of "The Merchant Of Venice" Drama Challenge - Every year, each Secondary 2 class has to stage a modern interpretation of the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice, with each class given a particular scene to interpret. The scene assigned to our class, 2K, was Act 4 Scene 1, from Portia’s entry until the Duke’s exit. Though our class is only halfway through the preparations of the interpretation, I feel that I have learnt a lot of invaluable knowledge about the play and the themes conveyed in that particular scene, as well as more about theatrical interpretations and the importance of the roles of the various involved parties....   [tags: theatre, Merchant Of Venice, shakespeare, moerniza] 690 words
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merchant of venice - The Merchant of Venice The play, ¡°The Merchant of Venice¡± by William Shakespeare has two main settings. One setting is Venice, a city where many businessmen live, a place, full of unhappy and unkind people. It a world of commercial and law. Shakespeare has portrayed Venice as the ¡°real¡± world. The other setting is Belmont, a city which houses a rich, happy society of beautiful people. Belmont is a fairy-tale world of music and love. In this play, it is evident that, good things happen in Belmont and not so pleasant events happen in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1384 words
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Merchant Of Venice - The Storytellers in The Merchant of Venice In this play two characters have a bigger role than one might imagine. Salerio and Solanio are the storytellers in The Merchant of Venice. They fill in important information that the audience needs to full understand the play. First, the two names differ by only a few letters, they are so close that one might confuse the two and think that they are the same person. I feel that this is Shakespeare's intention in this play. He makes the two similar so that they are not very important to the plot of the play....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 592 words
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Merchant of Venice - Mercy v. Justice – Old Testament v. New Testament While the conflict between justice and mercy plays a key role in determining the outcome of The Merchant of Venice, this conflict is even more important because it provides a setting for the contrast between the rigid law and rules of the Old Testament and the concepts of mercy and forgiveness as taught by Christ in the New Testament. It is in the climactic trial scene that The Duke, hoping Shylock will excuse Antonio's penalty, asks him, “How shall thou hope for mercy rend'ring none?” He is referring to expectations of judgment in the afterlife....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1334 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Villain of Venice People often find security and self-assurance in acting evil towards other people. They may be out to destroy others, or improve their own social status. However, at the same time, the “villain'; may also be out for revenge. Shylock, from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, has each of these motives as he takes on the role of the antagonist in this play. Shylock, the Jew, manages to mistreat almost everyone in his life. He especially acts as a villain towards Lancelet his young servant, Antonio the Christian, and even his own daughter, Jessica....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 762 words
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Merchant of Venice - Merchant of Venice In this coursework I will be answering the question “Shylock gets what he deserves” by taking into account how William Shakespeare makes the audience despise of Shylock or sympathise Shylock. Shylock is a Jew, and he is not welcome in Venice, he has especially got hatred for Antonio. He wanted revenge so Shylock put on a bond with Antonio; the punishment being for Antonio is that if he doesn’t pay back the money, which Shylock lent him, in 3 months time Shylock has the right to cut off a pound of his flesh....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 735 words
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The Characters of Shylock and Bassanio in A Merchant of Venice - First let me start of by explaining the common stereotype of a hero and of a villain: A hero is associated as being brave, generous, warm hearted and an all round good person. A villain is normally thought of as cruel, deceiving, hurtful and evil. The characters in A Merchant of Venice can all fit into one of these catagories but especially those of Shylock and Bassanio. Shylock's job is as a moneylender. Insists on a lot of interest back, selfish when Antonio approaches him for money to borrow....   [tags: A Merchant of Venice] 297 words
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The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice - The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice Written between 1596 and 1598 "The Merchant of Venice" is not one of the most performed plays written by William Shakespeare. The play is classed as one of the sixteen comedy plays and most productions often use modern times and dress. It was performed in front of an audience who were not very well educated but the issues being raised in the play would have been understood. A modern day audience would be less sympathetic than the audience of that period towards the Jew, Shylock....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1004 words
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The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Victim or villain. These two words are the total opposites of each other. A victim is someone that 'we' in general should, or may, feel sorry for and attempt to sympathise or empathise with. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. The best example of this I feel is pantomime. The victims or heroes are clear-cut and the audience willingly cheers them. But as soon as the villain walks on stage he is hissed and booed, unfortunately it is not as simple as this in 'The Merchant of Venice' and how the audience react to the characters is all important in making the distinction between victim or vill...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 3195 words
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Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice - Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice One of the many elements that make up a classic, is that the book, novel or play can be read in any generation, decade, century or in any part of the globe at any time and have relevance to the reader. The themes of the work should be universal, so that the reader can take something and create a parallel to an event or situation in his or her own life. The Merchant of Venice has elements that make it a classic. The Merchant of Venice has many contemporary themes in it....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1000 words
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Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice - Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice In the play 'The Merchant of Venice', which was originally entitled 'The Jew of Venice' when it was written in 1598, I very much believe that the relationship between Christians and Jews is a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other. This means that there is no one good party within the play and no evil party within the play. Both religious groups are as good or as bad as each at some part in the play. The play may have been written to portray the Christians as the good party in the play as at the time it was written England was very Anti-Semitic....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1709 words
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The Nature of Contracts in The Merchant of Venice - The Nature of Contracts in The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice there are two major contract’s made, a contract is any promise or set of promises made by one party to another for the breach of which the law provides a remedy. The promise or promises may be express (either written or oral) or may be implied from circumstances. The first contract in the play that I discovered is one between Portia and her father. Nerissa telling Portia : “Your father was ever virtuous; and holy men at their death have good inspirations: therefore the lottery, that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver and lead, whereof who chooses his...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 511 words
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Imperfect Faith in The Merchant of Venice - Imperfect Faith in The Merchant of Venice      Though William Shakespeare accurately portrays both Christianity and Judaism in his play The Merchant of Venice, the characters in the play do not represent their religions well. A reader unfamiliar with these religions could easily misinterpret flaws in a character's nature as the teachings of his religion. After a preliminary glance at the play, one would assume that Shakespeare wrote unjustly of the two religions depicted therein. However, Shakespeare had to write the play to please his audience, so he added a twist....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is a play full of different relationships ranging from love and friendships to hate. These relationships are affected by gossips and rumours, which due to the close community are flying around all the time. Money is involved in everything in the play; it is at the centre of work, relationships and rumours. It also holds together and makes the main tension of the play. There are many relationships in The Merchant of Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1565 words
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The Doomed Antonio of The Merchant of Venice - The Doomed Antonio of The Merchant of Venice        The secondary characters of The Merchant of Venice (Shylock, Portia and Bassanio) are so intriguing and so vocal, that the central figure, the merchant Antonio, is often largely ignored. This neglect is perfectly appropriate to the play's theme and the protagonist's struggle, for Antonio is an outsider. The play's theme is marriage and Antonio is both a stranger to the world of marriage, for he has no desire to partake of it, and he is an enemy to marriage, for it steals his one true love, Bassanio....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice - The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice portrays a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, "I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!" All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them will listen to the other because their hearts are filled with intense prejudice. Antonio proves that he is unwilling to change his feelings toward Shylock when he says, "I'm likely to call you names again, spit on you again, and shun you again." They don't seem to realize that their prejudiced attitudes could get someone...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 325 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock as rapacious and cruel is in the traditional style of an Elizabethan villain. A modern audience could argue that he has also humanised Shylock, and therefore gained some sympathy for his actions. From your reading of the “Merchant of Venice” examine these diverse reactions to the complex characterisation of Shylock. Shakespeare’s portrayal of Shylock is unconditionally evil, and a stereo-typical villain....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1489 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The character Shylock was a stereotypical Jew of his time, and as Jews were generally unpopular, the audience would have been automatically prejudiced against him. In Shakespeare's time, Jews were not treated well at all. This was because they were a minority group, as they had been previously banned from the country by Edward I unless they were willing to become a Christian. But, in large European cities, like Venice there was a large Jewish population....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1017 words
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Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice - Anti-Semitism in"The Merchant of Venice" Anti-Semitism in "The Merchant of Venice" Throughout the play, "The Merchant of Venice" William Shakespeare portrays anti-Semitism through many of his characters. Audiences today may interpret the play to be offensive, where as people of Shakespeare’s time would have accepted the play as part of everyday life. The majority of London’s population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore it is an anti- Semitic play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 544 words
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The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare The "Merchant Of Venice" is a poem I have studied recently and will be going on to describe it's four themes - Love/Hate/Friendship and Money. I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem. The theme Love is mostly shown through Portia & Bassanio, because all she wanted was to have a choice in the man she married and the reason she could not do this was because her fathers will had forbidde. When Portia & Bassanio meet they really feel they want to be with each other but she does not want Bassanio to chose casket straight away because if he picks the wrong casket he must not see Portia again....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 385 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare was written between 1594-1596.It is classified as a comedy; it is also a work of good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are examined and some issues remain unresolved. In the play Shakespeare has woven together plots from different books. Shakespeare gets the bond story and the story of the ring from an Italian novella, LL Pecorone, in a collection put together by Sir Geovanni and published in 1558....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2196 words
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Unresolved Issues in The Merchant of Venice - For much of the play, The Merchant of Venice appears to be vintage Shakespearean farce. A group of buffoons vie to marry the beautiful and wealthy Portia; women dress up as men and fool their betrothed; servants are willing accomplices in playful deceits. Where Merchant of Venice departs from the pattern of a typical Shakespearean farce is with the appearance of Shylock, the Jew. Shylock transforms this play from a simple comedy to a work of enormous complexity. In The Merchant of Venice, the contrast between the tragedy of Shylock and the comedy of the other characters raises many issues that are left unresolved for the thoughtful reader....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1023 words
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Essay on Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice - The Character of Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice Antonio is a wealthy merchant in the city of Venice. Although central to the play, Antonio is portrayed by Shakespeare as an 'outcast'. It seems that Antonio is chronically depressed and is not involved in the social atmosphere that is thriving in Venice. "In sooth, I know not why I am so sad: It wearies me; you say it wearies you; But how I caught it. Found it, or came by it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn:"1 Along with Shylock, both men seem bitter and have difficulty in expressing their emotions....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 1085 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The famous play 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare concerns several plot lines, including the bond, the ring, the caskets and the elopement. The bond is the main plot and usury is a key part of this. It is because Shylock is a moneylender who lends money to a Christian. Shylock is crucial because he is a crucial character to 2 plots including the main one. When Antonio first meets Shylock he is immediately unkind to Shylock because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 522 words
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Merchant of Venice - Portia was No Feminist - Merchant of Venice: Portia was No Feminist The question has been proposed whether Portia was her own woman, and if after she married Bassanio would she still be the protector of her fortune. I researched for evidence to the theory that Portia was not her own, her fortune was not her own, and she was bound financially to her husband after marriage. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this particular arrangement, and I don't feel that the relationship should continue to be hailed as a progressive, feminist relationship....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 367 words
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Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice - Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice     Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us. Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear and how they are in reality.  The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations.  The first representation of this is Shylock's generosity with his money and eagerness to make friends with Antonio when he says, "I say, to buy his favour, I extend this friendship," when all he wants is to take a pound of Antonio's flesh and end his life, "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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True Love in The Merchant of Venice - True Love in The Merchant of Venice         Among the various themes presented in the Merchant of Venice the most important is the nature of true love.  The casket plot helps illustrate the theme.  Through a variety of suitors the descriptions of the caskets, Shakespeare shows the reader how different people view true love. He also shows what is most important to the suitors and in some cases it is not true love, but material things and outward appearance.         The first suitor who tries to win Portia's hand is the Prince of Morocco.  When he first arrives in Belmont, the reader can see how arrogant the prince is, He says, "The best regarded virgins of our clilme/ h...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1123 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Antonio And Shylock - William Shakespeare shows how two tradesmen can have completely different lives when others view them differently in the play The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Bassanio, Antonio’s friend, needs money to pursue his love. They seek a loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender in Antonio’s name. The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. While all this is happening, there are love plots going on. One of which is for Shylock’s daughter to elope with Lorenzo, a Christian....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 808 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare features, Shylock a very controversial character due to his religion, profession and personal traits. Professionally Shylock lends money to people in debt, in order to gain interest and profit. Although, this is very much central to our modern way of life, in the Elizabethan period, money lending was not accepted as an acceptable profession. Throughout "The Merchant of Venice" Shylock is portrayed as menacing, inhumane and slightly eccentric, yet at times misunderstood and induces sympathy from the reader....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1254 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare, having spent most of his youth in England, was influenced by England’s beliefs. England was going through a Christian reformation that had caused friction between Christians and Jews. Jews and Christians did not see eye to eye on almost everything and especially on usury, the practice of lending money with interest. Boyce, a Shakespearean critique, sums up the negative attitude that Christians had on Jews in the 16th Century: “Sixteenth-Century Englishmen tended to attribute to Jews only two important characteristics, both negative: first, that Jews detested Christians and gave much energy to devi...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1878 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Plot Structure - Show how the plot of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured. “The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock’s bond and the Lord of Belmont’s will than in Jack and the Beanstalk.” H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. This is one way of looking at the play, reading it or enjoying the performance. But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ might appear to be a romantic tale without much logic but that would be a superficial interpretation....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1628 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The play revolves around one main plot and three sub-plots. The main plot centres on the question of mercy and forgiveness as seen in the relationship between Antonio, the kind Christian, and Shylock, the unrelenting Jew. The three subplots revolve around the romances of Portia and Bassanio (the most important couple in the play), of Lorenzo and Jessica, and of Gratiano and Nerissa (the least important couple of the play). All four plots are bound by the threads of love, generosity, friendship, and the wise use of money, which are the ideals of the Elizabethan society....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2071 words
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The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare In Act 4 scene 1 Shylock has brought Antonio to court to receive payment of his bond. Antonio’s ships have sunk and been raided by pirates and his wealth along with it. In Antonio’s bond with Shylock it was agreed that if the bond couldn’t be paid, then a pound of Antonio’s flesh was to be forfeit. Shylock is angry about many misfortunes in his life, which include the loss of his daughter to a Christian, this is a real embarrassment and a painful experience because of strong racial prejudice and hatred between the religious groups at the time....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1340 words
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Reflection On The Merchant Of Venice - I was chosen to be ‘Portia’ for the staging of our class’s play. Obviously, it stole the colour of my cheek as Mr. Mior honoured me to be the main character in the ‘Merchant of Venice’ play. I had mixed feelings since I was scared that I would not be able to play the character well. Nevertheless, with the lecturers’ trust and my friends’ support, I confronted the challenge. It is undeniable that most of us encountered difficulties in reading the ‘Merchant of Venice’. The different values and culture as well as the old English that is used in Elizabethan era baffled us as we read it....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1440 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is the story of a man who wishes to wed a woman, in order o do so he needs to borrow money from his good friend. The play is that of an anti-semitic one. The play is an anti-semitic one because the Jews are looked upon as evil and untrustworthy. For the entire play the Jew is never meant to look as a good person, and he is abused by almost everyone in the play. When the Jew does have his sympathetic lines, they were actually meant to be comedic....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 678 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play centres on two main characters, Antonio, an extremely wealthy merchant and Shylock, a very wealthy Jew. In Venice, a person's word was their bond. A promise made by word of mouth was the same as having an agreement in writing; they had to keep their word or pay the consequences. Shylock is a usurer, a person who lends sums of money to others, charging vast amounts of interest. However, Antonio also lends amounts of money, but minus the interest....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1208 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - 'The Merchant of Venice' is a Shakespearean play that is still preformed to this day. The story to the play is as follows: Antonio, a rich merchant needs money to lend to friend so he makes a bond with a wealthy Jew, shylock. Antonio has sent all his money abroad on his ships and promises to pay back shylock when his ships return, but if his ships don't come back Shylock can take a pound of his flesh. Later in the story shylock's daughter runs away with a Christian and takes all her father's money with her....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 984 words
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Analysis of The Merchant of Venice - Analysis of The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice" is based on a simple enough plot, but it gives a more complex view of the characters involved. It portrays each characters attitude, opinions and actions and shows how they affect the other characters. ====================================================================== Shylock is perhaps the most noteworthy character. He is centred on most of the play's events. Throughout the play he is portrayed as both a villain and a victim and is used to emphasise a number of the play's themes such as greed, revenge, prejudice and racism....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 510 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice In this piece of work, I am to discuss whether Portia is a modern woman of the sixteenth century. I am aiming to discuss many of her elements, relating and comparing them with the time in which the play is set. I will be looking at what aspects mark her out as a ‘modern’ woman and those that mark her out to be a ‘renaissance’ woman. When William Shakespeare wrote, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, he included a female character that leads the play dramatically....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1190 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The merchant of Venice was written by Willliam Shakespeare. It is a play in which Shakespeare creates a range of emotions for his audience to experience, through one of the characters Shylock. The play is about Antonio, who is a Christian and Shylock, who is a Jew. Shylock is overconfident and a careful money lender and Antonio is the owner of the ships, which is where he gets his income. When Antonio is short of money he goes to Shylock to borrow some until his ships come in....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1576 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction The three versions of the Merchant of Venice which I have watched are: 1. Channel 4 television version for their Schools Broadcasting Programmes 2. Trevor Nunn's version 3. National Theatre Company version directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Laurence Olivier as Shylock Act IV scene 1 is an intense scene in the play where we see many of the play's main themes such as justice and mercy, money and status, revenge, loyalty, love and prejudice and tolerance....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2268 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice My lord, it would seem that the bond was made between Antonio the merchant and Shylock the Jew, for 3,000 ducats to be repaid within three months. This bond seems out of character of a Christian, as they believe it is immoral to lend money and charge a usance rate. It is also strange that this Jew accepted the proposal, as it is plain to see that they are enemies. I have looked at all the evidence and have learned why the bond became apparent....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1156 words
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The Tragic Merchant of Venice - The Tragic Merchant of Venice In my opinion the play The Merchant of Venice is a tragic one which is discised as being comic. Many factors of this play are derived from the current voice of situation. The Merchant of Venice could be looked at as more tragic because of the negative intents from some of the characters in the play. Greed and deception are just a couple of the main features from where many of the decisions are derived. For example, revenge was an intent that Sylock had against for Antonio, only to say the least for, greed......   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 818 words
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Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play that, like many of Shakespeare's plays show characters at the edges of society. In The Merchant of Venice we see Shylock and Portia showing this by either being the minority or the least respected or in Shylock's case both. What adds to their role at the edge of society is the way they subvert their roles because this focuses, in the case of Portia, the audience on her and, in shylocks case, the other characters on him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1189 words
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William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In many ways, shylock is a more difficult character for a modern audience than for an Elizabethan audience. With close reference to Act 1 scene 3, Act 3 scene 1 and Act 4 scene 1 show how an actor might reveal the human being behind the stereotype. The merchant of Venice is a play written in Elizabethan times by William Shakespeare. The play is set in Elizabethan Venice. The play starts with Antonio, a rich merchant, who is depressed without any obvious reason....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2277 words
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Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the following essay I will portray my opinion of whether or not Shylock was treated unfairly. To do this I will go through the main scenes concerning Shylock and express my opinion for that particular scene. This is because it would be impossible to sympathise with Shylock on a whole because throughout the play he shows completely different sides to his character. Shakespeare has a great ability to twist complex characters therefore in one scene Shylock is considered the villain and in the next he would be considered the victim....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1497 words
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Shylock in Merchant of Venice - The Character of Shylock in Merchant of Venice        Few characters created by Shakespeare embodies pure evil like the character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a usurer and a malevolent, blood-thirsty old man consumed with plotting the downfall of his enemies. He is a malignant, vengeful character, consumed with venomous malice1; a picture of callous, unmitigated villainy, deaf to every appeal of humanity2. Shylock is the antagonist opposite the naive, essentially good Antonio, the protagonist; who must defend himself against the "devil" Shylock....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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William Shakespeare'sThe Merchant Of Venice - William Shakespeare'sThe Merchant Of Venice “The Merchant of Venice” written in the 16th century in 1596 and originally a comedy. The play is about Antonio who lends money to his friend, Bassanio, because he wants to marry a rich heiress, Portia. Although Antonio’s money is tied up in his ships, Bassanio still allows him to borrow some on his behalf. Portia cannot choose her own husband. In his will, her father requires suitors to choose one of three caskets, whoever chooses the right one wins Portia....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 911 words
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Merchant of Venice - Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains of melancholy; his friend Bassanio asks for a loan to travel to Belmont to court the beautiful heiress, Portia. Antonio agrees, but says that he must borrow the money from one of the city's moneylenders because all of his ships are at sea. At Belmont, Portia is also melancholy because, according to the terms of her father's will, she must marry the man who chooses the casket (out of a choice of gold, silver or lead) containing her portrait. If he chooses wrongly, he is condemned to remain unmarried forever....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 498 words
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Poetic Verse and Rhyme in The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is a comedy play about the love exploits of several Italian characters, told in an objective third-person point of view. The play is set in Venice, Italy during the Renaissance. The protagonist, Antonio, is a merchant of Venice who is affluent, well-respected, and sociable. The title supports the supposition that Antonio is the protagonist because it is termed The Merchant of Venice, indicating the story of the merchant. Antonio's best friend, Bassanio, is an impecunious romantic who borrows money on Antonio's credit to court the woman he loves....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 1822 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In my opinion I think that Shylock is a villain in the 'Merchant of Venice' because he is portrayed as a ruthless money-lender. The plot of the 'Merchant of Venice' is centred on Shylock, a Jewish money lender who is trying to survive in a country, which despises him, and alienates him from society. He has made a bond with Bassanio and Antonio that if his ships do not come back then he would take a pound of his flesh due to the debt of 3000 ducats....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1351 words
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