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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Elizabethan audience was mainly white Christian males who were sexist and arrogant. They expected to be highly entertained and not insulted because otherwise no one would go to any of Shakespeare’s plays. Even though Shakespeare manages to please the crowd he adds some subtle insults like Antonio being seen as homosexual the audience then were very arrogant and thought Antonio was just being a great friend, He also insults the Christians though jibes at their racist attitudes and arrogance....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1144 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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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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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 Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice - The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice In 'The Merchant of Venice,' Shakespeare explores two different yet similar worlds. The world of Venice and the world of Belmont. These two worlds have many differences and some similarities. For example, Venice is a completely different setting compared with Belmont. Also, the characters in Venice are different but also similar to the ones in Belmont. Furthermore, the society in Veniceis different compared with the society in Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 864 words
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A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice - A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was written by Shakespeare in 1596 and appeals to both audiences of comedy and tragedy. The play features anti-Semitism which is a response to 1500’s Britain as well as other literature of the time. Anti-Semitism is the term used to describe discrimination towards Jews and Judaism. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ has received both positive and negative comments over the centuries and throughout this essay I will look at some of these....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1529 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'The Merchant of Venice' was written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan period .The play is a tragic-comedy written in his second period. It is set in Venice in the late 15th century. In this period, religion is a very big part in people's lives, with Christianity the most dominant in this area, and people were looked very poor upon for not attending, sometimes even arrested. As a result, Shylock is condemned before the plot has even begun because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 952 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote the merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is a tragic-comedy. It is set in a place called Venice in the late 15th century. Venice is situated in the north east of Italy and is known as the 'Queen of Adriatic' for its strong naval power. The play is about Shylock a Jewish moneylender, who is trying to make a living in a community and a Country that despises him and alienates him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 989 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'I am a Jew' a famous saying from Shylock in 'Merchant of Venice' that clarifies the merchant brotherhood of a wealthy city. 'Merchant of Venice' contains rascals and heroes. The audiences will soon realise that Shylock, the Jewish money lender, is shown as a villain within the wealthy city. Is this really what Shakespeare had intended. This testimony given proposes that Shylock is more of a deceitful character than what the Christian colony wants us to comprehend....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1119 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice, a tragic- comedy written in the late 16th century by the greatest known English author, William Shakespeare. This is a tale set in the heart of Venice, amongst the Venetian Christians and Jews. The history of the Jews is marked by terrible hardship and atrocities; Jewish people kept up their customs and religion formed tight knit communities and became known for their intelligent hard work and business expertise....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1888 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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Is The Merchant of Venice an Anti-Semitic Play? - Is The Merchant of Venice an Anti-Semitic Play.      The Merchant of Venice features a Jewish character that is abused and slandered by nearly every character in the play. Throughout the play the behavior of these characters seems justified. In this way, The Merchant of Venice appears to be an anti-Semitic play. However, The Merchant of Venice contains several key instances, which can be portrayed in a way that criticizes anti-Semitism. The first instance occurs in Act 1, scene 3 when the audience realizes that Shylock has every right to be extremely angry with Antonio....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Shakespeare And Anti-Semitism In The Merchant Of Venice - Anti-Semitism and the desecration of the Jewish population have been in existence for nearly five thousand years. In the Elizabethan era, a question of anti-Semitism invariably arises. In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, we find that one of the characters is the embodiment and expression of anti-Semitic attitude that is pervasive in Elizabethan society. "Anti-Semitism was an intricate part in Shakespeare's years. Jews were considered vile and scorned upon. Shakespeare presents Judaism as an 'unchangeable trait'" (Bloom 37)....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1403 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play was "A merchant of Venice" was written in 1599, in Elizabethan times. Shakespeare's main two sources for writing the play were two folk tales woven together. One involving a marriage suitors choice among three chests and therefore winning here hand in marriage. The other as based on a greedy creditor trying to extract a pound of flesh from a man. A contemporary play written by Christopher Marlowe gave Shakespeare the inspiration for the character of Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 918 words
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Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice - Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice         In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez.  Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England.  Lopez, being the Queen's royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused.  Essex, who provided the evidence also presided over the trial of Lopez, leaving Lopez little chance of survival.  The innocent Jew was hanged, drawn, and quartered in Tyburn, England for all to witness....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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How Shylock is Presented in The Merchant of Venice - How Shylock is Presented in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, one of his romantic comedies, was written in 1596. It deals with a dispute between Shylock, a wealthy Jewish moneylender, and Antonio, a Venetian citizen. The play begins in Venice, where Antonia’s friend, Bassanio, needs a loan of 3,000 ducats so that he can court a wealthy heiress named Portia. Not being able to raise the funds himself, Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. Unfortunately Antonio’s wealth is invested in merchant ships that are presently at sea....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2424 words
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Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The main theme of the Merchant of Venice is of Shylock, a Jew, and Antonio, a Christian taking part in a deal involving the Jew lending the Christian a sum of money. The bond they make is that if Antonio cannot pay Shylock back, Shylock can take legally a pound of Antonio's flesh as payment. The other plots in the play consist of Jessica, Shylock's daughter eloping with Lorenzo, another Christian and Antonio's friend Bassanio, who is courting a rich lady, Portia of Beaumont who are both of course Christian....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1079 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock has been very badly treated by certain Christians and he yearns for revenge. He goes too far when he seeks the life of his main persecutor, but he is essentially, an intelligent, dignified man who can no longer bear to be humiliated. Long before Shylock plotted against him, Antonio seemed to take a pride in spurning Shylock, treating him in public with rudeness and contempt....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1245 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Written sometime between 1596 and 1598,by Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is classified as both an early Shakespearean comedy and as one of the Bard's problem plays; it is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are looked at and some issues remain unresolved. The play is about Antonio, a Venetian merchant, who complains to his friends that he feels a sadness which he cannot explain. His friend Bassanio is desperately in need of money to court Portia, a wealthy young woman who lives in the city of Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1463 words
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Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice - Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare in which is a drama, it shows us mercy, love and forgiveness. In this essay I’m going to write about Portia in comparison to the other male characters in the play. Shakespeare has created some very interesting characters in Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock. Bassanio and Antonio are good friends and they like most characters in the play, dislike Shylock the Jew. They have a good reason for disliking Shylock as he paints a very negative image of the Elizabethans Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 605 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice One of the most interesting and thought provoking characters in the Merchant of Venice is Shylock. Throughout his five scenes in the play he is looked down upon, betrayed, deserted, punished and humiliated by Christian society, his daughter and all those that will eventually need his money. His faith and his way of making a living are the Christians' only justification for this treatment, yet even in his alienation he is still, as we see later, constitute to Venetian Law....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1444 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice It is believed that that Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice, between 1596 and 1589. At the time Englandwas a Christian country, and the Jews were a misunderstood, prejudiced and marginalised people. They were often forbidden to own land or engage in trade in England so the only occupation open to them was money lending which they exploited to the full, Christians were forbidden to practice usury and the Jews were constantly portrayed as greedy misers and money-lenders....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 819 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice To Shakespeare's Audience Shylock was the Villain of the Merchant of Venice, Yet a Modern Day Audience sees Shylock as a Man Persecuted because of his Religion, Discuss this Statement with Detailed Reference to the Text and Explain this Change of Attitude. This is not just a change of attitude but a change in the way of life for the people of the world over this troubled four hundred years. In the era of the Elizabethan's when the Merchant of Venice was originally written the world was a different place, there were different attitudes and views , particularly towards Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1601 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was educated at Stratford grammar school. Shakespeare was a poet who wrote plays, so he always tried to write his verse or prose in ways that would have the greatest dramatic impact. This is the reason why his language isn't like everyday speech. Shakespeare's "The merchant of Venice" was written and first performed in about 1597 and was performed at the theatre in London, this means that the structure of the grammar, the vocabulary and the style of dialogue have changed considerably compared to the pre...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1959 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote The merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. It was written as a play and this is reflected in the exaggeration of some of the scenes. At the time the play was written anti-Semitism was common, this again is reflected by the attitudes of the characters. In theory at the time this play was written only Jews who had converted to Christianity were allowed in England at the time. This may be one of the reasons it is set in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 859 words
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Relationships in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Relationships in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'The Merchant of Venice' is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and Act 1 Scene 3 is a key scene. There are three characters involved in the scene and these are: Antonio, Bassanio and Shylock. Shakespeare portrays their characters effectively as well as the contrasting relationships between them. He uses various themes, his language and style and the plot of the bond to achieve this. Before I look at scene 3 it is important to look at the first scene of the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 3119 words
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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is one of the main characters in Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice", he starts in the play as an outcast of society because he is Jewish. Shylock has been forced to become a banker in his life as an inhabitant of Venice, for the fact that his religion is seen as wrong. Although Shylock is forced to become a banker he plays a vital role in the city of Venice, without Shylock the city would struggle economically....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 795 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction One of the most interesting and dramatic characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is the rich, despised money-lending Jew Shylock. It is impossible to judge Shylock’s character by our own modern Standards, simple because Shakespeare wrote this play for play goers in Elizabethan times. This was very different to modern times for two reasons. Firstly, people watching the play would not find it strange to feel sorry for a character, then a few moments later, to be screaming for their blood....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1687 words
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Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterization of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 391 words
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Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The small and seemingly insignificant details in a story often hold together an entire theme of the work. This phenomenon is recognizable in the plays of William Shakespeare, as a speech or incident with a minor character can point the audience to a much larger truth about the work as a whole. The Merchant of Venice contains such a minor character, Lancelot, whose story gives a clue to the reader about the roles of the other characters in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice essays] 1213 words
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Merchant of Venice: Portia and the Art of Justice - Portia and the Art of Justice In Shakespeare controversial play, The Merchant of Venice, the character, Antonio calls this world "a stage where every man must play a part". He really cannot imagine that it will be a woman that will play the leading role on his "sad" stage. If not for a woman, Antonio would have found himself as a hunk of flesh in Shylock's trophy room. Portia, whose "little body is a-weary of this great world," uses her intelligence, quick thinking and fortitude to save the love of her own love....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 614 words
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Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice - Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice       Many of William Shakespeare's plays have sparked controversy.  Probably the one that has sparked the most controversy is The Merchant of Venice, which many intellectuals have dubbed an anti-Semitic play.  The character that this discussion centers around is Shylock, the rich moneylender Jew.  The problem with most of these anti-Semitic arguments is that they lack the perspective of the sixteenth century audience.   Throughout Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (M of V), the audience's perception of Shylock moves between utter hatred and varying amounts of pity.  In contrast to today's audience, the original s...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Analysis of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Analysis of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice was written in London by William Shakespeare in 1598. The first edition of the Merchant of Venice was published in 1600 by Thomas Heys. The play caused quite a stir when it was published as the play is anti-Semitic, which means hostile or prejudiced against Jews. No other books or plays in England had covered a plot about a Jew. In England, when Shakespeare was writing, Jews had been banished for the past 300 years....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1208 words
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Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Shylock is certainly an interesting character made even more intriguing by Shakespeare's portrayal of him. Much before the twentieth century, anti-Semitism was rife and The Merchant of Venice is a curious tale, as we are able to see how Jews were viewed in the late 1500s - especially as Shakespeare's depiction was at odds with the accepted anti-Jewish prejudiced views in that he considers both sides of the argument....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1048 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice In every play or story, you need a villain, someone you can hate - in Cinderella you have the evil stepmother, in Harry Potter you have Lord Voldermort, and in the Merchant of Venice you have Shylock. In this scene, I see Shylock not as the comical buffoon or villain but as the outsider. The scene opens with a conversation between Basanio and Shylock. Basanio wants to borrow three thousand ducats from Shylock for three months, but Shylock is reluctant....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 464 words
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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Many people are villainous in the way they behave. Their villainous acts may be attributed to their desire to destroy others and in turn elevate themselves to a higher financial or social level. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have received from others. In that case, they would have been taught villainy rather than being a villain at heart in which case, revenge would be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1095 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice That Shylock is portrayed as being a typical Jewish businessman is contentious. There seems to be a lot more to Shylock than first meets the eye, especially when it comes to his dealings with money and keeping his word. He has to put up with quite a bit of abuse from Christians and others. He is a very stubborn person though, and this seems to be one of his major downfalls within the play. To support my argument I am going to look at both the views of the Christians and the Jews from the play, as well as support my views with evidence from the text....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1463 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice The above statement suggests two assumptions. Firstly, that Shylock is an unattractive character in the play. I agree with this assumption, but only to a certain extent. Secondly, the statement assumes that all the other characters in The Merchant of Venice are not unattractive, but kind and good. I disagree with this statement to a large extent. This essay will put forward reasons why I agree and disagree with respective assumptions, as well as why I disagree with the question overall....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1465 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a Jewish money-lender is portrayed as villainous throughout the play. At the beginning of the play, he agrees to lend Antonio a sum of 3000 ducats. This loan had to be paid back within three months time otherwise Shylock would get what he wanted, a pound of Antonio’s flesh, as a part of a clause of the contract. Shylock’s continuous insistence for a pound of Antonio’s flesh shows him as a villain, but is Shylock really a villain, and not a victim....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 704 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There have been many variations over the hundreds of years in how the character Shylock has been played in productions of “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare. Shylock is often noted as the most important character in the play, so the way he is performed can change how people interpret the play itself. Shylock can be interpreted as the villain or the victim of the play. Sometimes in productions the audiences’ sympathies can swing first one-way then another, the actor will portray Shylock as a consistent character however; certain scenes create sympathy for him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 907 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Although there are various sub plots in the Merchant of Venice, Shylock plays a very central role, interacting with almost all of the other characters to some degree. I believe that Shakespeare has carefully crafted the character of Shylock in great detail. He makes Shylock both a Jew and a money lender, both of these things were despised by many Christians at the time this was written. Shylock is introduced to the audience as a controversial character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 735 words
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Merchant of Venice: The Effects of Cross-Dressing - Shakespeare challenges the assumption that men hold more power than women do. He subtly hints that the power men posses is superficial when Jessica dresses like a boy, and later when Nerissa and Portia disguise themselves as men in The Merchant of Venice. Masculinity is merely a costume that can be donned or doffed at will; therefore its associated power can be removed and redistributed as well. Shakespeare emphasizes gender barriers, yet also challenges them to show their inconsistencies. In court, the Duke articulates the common assumption that men represent the educated and professional members of society....   [tags: Masculinity in Merchant of Venice]
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Directing William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Directing William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice I am going to set my theatrical production of "Merchant of Venice" act 1 scene 3 in a building in a street in Venice. The building in which this scene is set should be lit by candle light creating a slightly dark, gloomy atmosphere to give the audience a sense of mischief and wrong doing on Shylock's part. Costume wise I would make a clear distinction between the clothes of Shylock and the Venetians. Shylock will wear old dirty looking, dull coloured clothes whilst the Venetians wear colourful, more elegant looking clothes to portray their higher stature and importance....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 872 words
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Justice and Prosperity in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - One of the strengths of good theater is its ability to mirror the problems and conditions shaping its time. In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare reflects two important aspects of Elizabethan society: the corrupting influence of prosperity and the increasingly vengeful nature of Venetian justice. To address the former issue, Shakespeare downplays the importance of wealth by associating its involvement in romance with superficial and insubstantial advantages. He characterizes prosperity as a deceiving agent, citing its ability to introduce shallowness into a relationship....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 'The Merchant of Venice' is a play written by William Shakespeare. In this play I will be analysing whether the character of Shylock is classed as a villain or victim. His character is unclear, as he can be seen as an orthodox Jew, where he is vicious and cunning, or he can be seen as a nice and caring person. I will begin by explaining the ways in which he can be seen as a villain. Shylock is seen as a villain because of the way he acts towards other people....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1126 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Character of Portia - The Character of Portia in Merchant of Venice     In his Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare wants the reader to admire Portia, arguably the most powerful character in the play. However, it is easy to mistake the word ‘admiration’ to mean simply a liking of someone’s positive virtues. Rather, we should like Portia because of those things that make her a multi-faceted character. Though she can appear to be an “unlessoned girl,” she is also conniving, manipulative, and powerful. Three examples that effectively show her prowess and as a result win our admiration of her occur during the casket, the trial, and the ring scenes....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice exemplifies a principle that is as unfortunately true in our time as it was in his - he who has money also has love, sex, and above all, power. In this case, the use of 'he' is deliberate; 'she,' in the Elizabethan era, rarely had either financial independence or much control over the course of her life. Portia, the deceitful heroine of the play, is a major exception. To put it bluntly, Portia is enormously rich....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is a Jew in the play "The merchant of Venice". He has a daughter called Jessica and he is in many ways a victim of anti-Semitism. Shakespeare brings across Shylock as a Jew using many different devices. For example he uses anti-Semitism to show that Shylock is meant to be portrayed as an isolated character. Anti-Semitism was based on religious grounds back then, they held the belief that Jews murdered Christ and were therefore in the league of the devil, this is why the Christians in the play and the directors of the play are vengeful towards Shylock....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 896 words
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