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Death in Venice Essay: Every Great Man has a Flaw - Aschenbach was certainly an artist. A very decent one. He had his life planned out, was very accurate and organized. Perhaps even a bit boring, monotonous. He was a hard-working man, he had that certain motus animi continuus. He was seen as a genius. From the beginning, he wanted to become known, to become famous, but his life was empty. He yearned for a change of pace, for some action, adventure and unpredictability of what might come. He was afraid of 'breaking out', yet he was also afraid of being trapped....   [tags: Death in Venice Essays] 1036 words
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Free Essays - The Merchant of Venice is Far from Perfect - Auden's Dystopia The Merchant of Venice is Far from Perfect In a perfect world, hatred would be without justice; love would be totally innocent. However, utopias like that are nonexistent; thus, one can easily look around, like Auden, and exclaim, "No hatred is totally without justification, no love is totally innocent." In The Merchant of Venice, there is an imperfect world, as well as a perfect world. The flawed world is the materialistic and bustling city of Venice. The impeccable world is the fairy-tale city of Belmont....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1394 words
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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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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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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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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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Essay on Romantics and Merchants in The Merchant of Venice - Romantics and Merchants in The Merchant of Venice   Shakespeare's comedies usually follow a clearly defined pattern. He presents a conflict, and the characters eventually resolve the conflict in a relatively happy ending, which involves marrying off the hero and his entourage to the heroine and her companions, leaving the villain outside the "magic circle" of protagonists. In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is presented as the hero, and Shylock the villain, but neither is within the circle of marriages at the end of Act V....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the "Merchant of Venice", Shylock’s character undergoes a metamorphosis from victim to villain. Christians looked down on him, and he suffered humiliation and prejudice because of his job as a usurer and because of his race. However, he is also vengeful and cunning, and jumps at every chance to take revenge for himself. During the time that the play was set there were not many Jews in Venice as the Christians were Anti – Semitism....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 681 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There are many reasons how this scene is more effective than all the others in the play for range of reasons. In this one scene it goes through nearly every other thing that has been mentioned earlier in the play. Also why most scenes have mainly one big point to them, this one has five, and some more sub - plots. Before it starts there is the aspect of Christian Justice, either way the case goes its going to cause problems, if it goes in Antonio's favour then there is going to be a problem from the Jews, saying he got off just because he is a Christian, and the state needs to keep the Jews happy, as if there...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1098 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice My critical essay is on Shylock, who is one of the main characters in the play, "The Merchant of Venice," which was written by one of the most famous playwrights of all time, William Shakespeare. In this essay I intend to prove that Shylock was the villain of this play and although there may have been moments where he appeared to be a victim, he was a cruel and evil villain. He was an unforgiving character who was scheming to get his own way throughout the whole play....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 759 words
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The Theme of Deception in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Theme of Deception in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare attained literary immortality through his exposition of the many qualities of human nature in his works. One such work, The Merchant of Venice, revolves around the very human trait of deception. Fakes and frauds have been persistent throughout history, even to this day. Evidence of deception is all around us, whether it is in the products we purchase or the sales clerks' false smile as one debates the purchase of the illusory merchandise....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 375 words
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The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Written between 1596 and 1598 "The Merchant of Venice" is not one of the most performed plays written by William Shakespeare and most productions often use modern times and dress. A modern day audience would be less sympathetic than the audience of that period towards the Jew, Shylock. The play is one of the sixteen comedy plays. The issues being raised in the play would have been understood by the audience who were not very well educated "The Merchant of Venice" has two main characters, Shylock, a Jew and Antonio, who is an extremely wealthy merchant, an investor who gets wealth using venture capit...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1015 words
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Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play of both love and hate. The love plot begins to develop in Acts 1 and 2, as we are introduced to the leading characters of the play. Bassanio is a friend of Antonio, who is the merchant of the play’s title. Bassanio is a young man, and in the beginning of the play we are introduced his infantile character. We learn that he has spent all of his own money and aspires to regain his fortune by marrying the heiress, Portia....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 900 words
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The Conflict Within Venetian Society in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Conflict Within Venetian Society in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice written by Shakespeare during the late sixteenth century. The play is based on different conflicts: Christians and Jews, father and Daughter and patriarchal system. The main plot of the play is the flesh bond between Shylock and Antonio. The sub plots are the three caskets, the ring plot and Jessica and Lorenzo. Antonio is a merchant of Venice, who takes money from Shylock the Jew, for his friend Bassanio....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 885 words
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How Shakespeare Makes Us Feel Sympathetic in The Merchant of Venice - How Shakespeare Makes Us Feel Sympathetic in The Merchant of Venice In Shylock’s first speech in Act 1 Scene 3 he begins by saying he hates Christians because they lend money gratis and reduce the rate of usance on loans in Venice. At this point Shylock is more worried about the interest charged on a loan and lends money without interest making Shylock seem like a greedy character at this point. Shylock goes on to say, “If I can catch once upon the hip I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him”....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 646 words
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Merchant of Venice - Portia Outwits Shylock in Act IV Scene I - Merchant of Venice - Portia Outwits Shylock in Act IV Scene I "Portia: Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge To stop his wound, lest he do bleed to death. Shylock: Is it nominated in the bond?" Act 4 Scene 1 lines 255-257 This is the time that Portia traps Shylock into a corner and saves the life of Antonio at the same instance. Portia builds up her defences as Shylock lets his down as he believes that he is going to gain his pound of flesh from Antonio's breast nearest the heart....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 992 words
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The Black Death - The Black Death The Black Death serves as a convenient divider between the central and the late Middle Ages. The changes between the two periods are numerous, they include the introduction of gunpowder, increased importance of cities, economic and demographic crises, political dislocation and realignment, and powerful new currents in culture and religion. Overall, the later Middle Ages are usually characterized as a period of crisis and trouble. The portrait should not be painted unrelievedly bleak, but the tone is accurate enough and echoes voices from the era itself....   [tags: essays research papers] 1519 words
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The Plague - The Black Death caused a widespread death rate over the eastern and western parts of Europe during the fourteenth century. Not only did the Black Death take a devastating toll on human life, it also played an important role in shaping European life in years to come.      The Black Death came in three forms, the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. Each form killed people in it’s own vicious way. All forms were caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. The most commonly seen form was the bubonic plague....   [tags: The Black Death]
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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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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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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 - 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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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 - 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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The Merchant Of Venice - Jews - William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice contains many examples that insult Jews because they were the minority in London in Shakespeare’s time. Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times, Elizabethan audiences found them comical. 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 proves that Shakespeare was an anti-Semite....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 577 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Merchant of Venice Overview - In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is the merchant, and complains to his friends about how depressed he is and he cannot explain why. His friend Bassanio is in desperate need of money to court Portia, wealthy women of Belmont, so Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. However, Antonio cannot give Bassanio the loan because he has just invested all of his money into a number of ships that are still at sea. Antonio advises Bassanio to go and meet with Shylock, a Jew who is a moneylender. Bassanio takes Antonio’s advice and the both of them go to meet with him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 522 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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Manipulative Portia in Merchant of Venice - I would love to write a critical essay about the role of Portia in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, hailing her as one of Shakespeare's greatest contributions to the society of the sane; however, I find this impossible after studying the text. At first, I hung on her every word and was amazed at her wit, but later I found her to be just another Shakespearean psycho. Basically, I understood Portia to be nothing less than an obedient daughter obeying the whims of her dead, over-protective father....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 615 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Act 1 Scene 1 we are introduced to Antonio, Salerio, Solanio, Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano. Antonio is a wealthy businessman. He is a trader. He also gives people loans but he does not charge them any interest. Salerio, Solanio, Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano are all good friends of Antonio and of each other. Lorenzo is in love with Jessica the daughter of Shylock. Bassanio is also in love with Portia and wants to marry her. In Act 1 Scene 1 Antonio is feeling unhappy, so his friends try to cheer him up....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 914 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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Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare - “Modern Humanitarianism has run riot on Shylock.” Discuss. “The Merchant of Venice” is concerned with two issues that were of importance in the Elizabethan Age: Jewry and Usury. It is generally assumed that the Elizabethan attitude to Jewry was hostile and that the execution of Roderigo Lopez in 1594 was characteristic of the Christian rejection of all ‘Jews, Turks, Infidels and Heretics’, who were considered to be “misbelievers”. But this could also be a false assumption, for although the Jews were forced to convert to Christianity to live in England, once they did they were generally left alone....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1213 words
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