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Merchant of Venice Essay: Antonio's Love for Bassanio - Antonio's Love for Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice       Antonio feels closer to Bassanio than any other character in The Merchant of Venice. Our first clue to this is in the first scene when, in conversation with Antonio, Solanio says, "Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman, / Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare ye well: / We leave you now with better company" (i. i. 57-59). Once Antonio is alone with Bassanio, the conversation becomes more intimate, and Antonio offers an indebted Bassanio "My purse, my person, my extremest means" (137)....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Perspectives on Shylock from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Shylock is a character famously known as being the antagonist of Shakespeare’s play merchant of Venice. In this play, Shakespeare portrayal of Shylock the moneylender is one of anti-Semitic stereotype. Shylock is depicted as a typical bloodthirsty Jew who lives a life void of any depth or meaning. His sole purpose for living seems to be to amass wealth and vengeance as seen from his adamant claim for his “pound of flesh”. Despite Shakespeare’s attempts to humanize Shylock at points in the story, it appears that his primary focus is to steer the audience against Shylock, painting him as being a cruel, bitter and inaffable figure....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 892 words
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Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote 'The Merchant of Venice' in about 1597. It was first performed by The Chamberlain's Men at the Theatre Shoreditch. The Merchant of Venice was in the repertory of Shakespeare's company before they took up residence at the Globe in 1599. The play was written as a comedy, but has become a serious drama. In order to answer the question it is vital to look at the pervading views of the society when it was first performed....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1958 words
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Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is a play about both love and hate. Shakespeare shows the theme of hate through the prejudice of both the Jews and the Christians and the theme of love amongst the Christian love of friendship and love of marriage. These themes are set in two different places: Belmont (where Portia lives) and Venice (where Shylock lives). Belmont symbolises love and Venice symbolises hate and because Belmont conquers Venice, love conquers hate....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 753 words
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Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The ‘Merchant of Venice’ was written at a time when there was great prejudice towards the Jewish race. They were known for their intelligence, hard work and business acumen, which later led them to be mistreated and resented. They were made to wear distinctive clothing in order to be identified, and citizens of Venice could treat Jews in any way they wished. The Christian church also taught that Jews should be despised for their rejection of Jesus and that money lending was morally wrong....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1879 words
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Analysis of Shylock's Role in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Analysis of Shylock's Role in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In this essay, I will be examining one of Shakespeare’s most memorable and controversial characters, Shylock. Shylock is one of the main characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ He is often seen as a villain but some argue that he actually a victim. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play that explores revenge, love and prejudice. It follows a Jew called Shylock and a Christian called Antonio. Antonio borrows three thousand ducats from Shylock for his close friend Bassanio and makes a bond that says that in the case of forfeiture, Shylock can take a pound of flesh from any part of the body he w...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1050 words
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The Portrayal of Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Portrayal of Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the merchant of Venice, Shakespeare portrays Portia to be a person of mixed characters, her attitude and mood seems to change with every scene. However, she is always seen by us as being pleasant and polite. Shakespeare portrays Portia’s character through other characters as well as directly, Nerissa is used almost as a comparison to which we can judge Portia, and by observing other character’s references to her, we can also build up a more detailed mage of her personality....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 631 words
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Free Essays - The Dehumanization of Shylock in Merchant of Venice - The Dehumanization of Shylock in Merchant of Venice In Susan Pharr's "The Common Elements of Oppression", she defines "the other" as the outcast of society, the ones who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how `against the grain' it may be, the ones who try the hardest to earn acceptance, yet never receive it. In Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", Shylock, the `villain' is portrayed as the other simply because of his faith, because he is Jewish in a predominantly Christian society....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 485 words
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Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago - The Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago        Shakespeare's use of timeless themes make his works relevant to the modern reader.  His two plays "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" deal with the seeking of revenge and forbidden love.  In "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock, the main character, is a Jew who loans money and charges interest.  Shylock has an enemy named Antonio who also loans money to people, but without interest.  Iago is a character in "Othello" who has been passed over for a position as Othello's right hand man.  He feels that he deserves the position not the person who received it, Cassio.  Both of these characters want revenge from the people whom they per...   [tags: Othello, Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Men's Control in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Men's Control in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the scene opens to reveal a society controlled by men. Men, who live in the foreground of Venetian society, wield their power in business, government, and family life. In the background, women conduct their lives quietly. They are subservient to their husbands and fathers and are regarded as helpless and in need of male guidance in areas of decision making. Though in Shakespeare’s time such a societal structure was largely acceptable, the modern reader views the subjugation of women with aversion, and the ways in which Shakespeare presents the female characters in this play perhaps show t...   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice Essays] 1433 words
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The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about the conflict between a Jew and a Christian. This is not between one Jew and one Christian but between Shylock, who stands as a representative of the Jewish tribe, and between groups of Christians who greatly outnumber the Jew. The conflict between Jews and Christians is a historical one. The Christians hated the Jews because they made money from usury; this was completely against the Christian beliefs of that time....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1625 words
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The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare When Shakespeare wrote ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ there was a suggestion that he was competing with a very popular play ‘The Jew Of Malta’ written in 1589 by Christopher Marlowe. This play treats the Jew as an evil villain and a wicked ogre. Shakespeare is not entirely free from the idea that all usurers were Jews and therefore all Jews were evil, but he does also allow us to see Shylock as a human being who has himself been wronged....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1042 words
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The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare - The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare - Victim or Villain. Who is Shylock. If you’ve heard of one of The Famous Shakespeare’s plays “The Merchant of Venice” then surely you’ve heard of the character “Shylock the Jew”, who is mostly well known for his meanness and his typical Jewish character. He is seen as both the victim and the villain in different parts of the play, but the question is, which of both is he really. I see Shylock as both victim and villain, and below I will explain how I have come to that conclusion....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 769 words
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Characters and Relationships in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Characters and Relationships in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The characters Antonio, the merchant of Venice, and Bassanio, his friend who lives beyond his means, have already been introduced by Shakespeare in the first scene. Here Bassanio has asked his friend to lend him money so that he might woo the rich and beautiful Portia. Antonio has expressed his willingness to lend the money but, as his trading ships are all away at sea, he does not have funds readily available....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1589 words
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Response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by a Modern Audience - Response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by a Modern Audience Since the time of Shakespeare, The play “Merchant of Venice” has had a dramatic effect on the modern audience today. In the 16th century, Jews were completely disliked, & Jews were not allowed to live in England unless they had converted to Christianity. ====================================================================== Jews who practised their own religion were banned from England. To modern audiences, this is “Anti-Semitic”, so this play completely shows the worse part of Christians, from beginning to end....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1112 words
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William Shakespeare Sways Audience's Sympathies in The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare Sways Audience's Sympathies in The Merchant of Venice Critics often describe Shylock as one of Shakespeare's most complex characters. This is not because he shows the emotions of love and hate, for many of Shakespeare's characters do as well. I feel that it is more because he is more human. His enemies truly hurt him when they ridicule him without reason, and in the end of Act 4, destroy him without just cause. It is a frequently asked question, is Shylock mostly a bloodthirsty criminal, libertarian of the oppressed Jews in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 809 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: Triumph of Good over Evil - The trial scene in the Merchant of Venice is the climax of the play as Shylock has taken Antonio to court, as he has not paid back the money he borrowed. Shylock wants the pound of flesh that is the forfeit of the bond concerning the money Antonio borrowed from him. Shylock’s main motivation for wanting this forfeit is as his daughter has stolen his money and run away, he is taking out his spite on Antonio and this blinds him as he does not watch what he is getting into during this scene From the point where Shylock enters the courtroom everyone opposing him is appealing for mercy for Antonio and this is what the scene demonstrates, a need for mercy....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 867 words
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The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes - The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes Shylock's first scene in The Merchant of Venice is important because it sets the tone for the audience's view of him throughout the play. I have never seen the play performed, but it has been my experience that an audience will form an opinion of a character upon first seeing them. There are many different ways of portraying Shylock in his first scene. I will be focussing on portraying Shylock as a villain. I understand that his role is villainous, but various actors and directors have actually portrayed him differently....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 507 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Price is Right - When I first read The Merchant of Venice, I had a lot of mixed reactions. One of them, surprisingly enough, was that it was too short. How can this be. We all know that Shakespeare's plays are notoriously too long. In reading it over, I think this perception comes from a number of sources. One is the idea that the two story lines, that of Portia and her suitors and that of Shylock and his money-grubbing ways, are only loosely held together by the title character, Antonio. The other reason is that when we finally get to the trial scene, the supposed highlight of the play, we notice that the trial is only a very small part of the whole play....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 606 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Role of Shylock - Perhaps The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is neither pro-Jewish, nor pro-Christian, since the illustrations which show neither the Jew nor the Christian to be perfect are countless. After having suffered through The Merchant of Venice, and seeing how unjustly poor Shylock was treated by his Christian contemporaries, I can't help but wonder if Shakespeare was actually trying to show the world how hypocritical members of any religion could be, be it Jewish, Christian, or anything else....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 455 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Villainous Shylock - Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot.   The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by complaining behind Launcelot's back of his laziness....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 685 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: Anti-Semitism - Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice Though many view Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as anti-Semitic, careful examination shows that the playwright actually develops the opposing point of view. These views can be easily established through a careful reading of the plays dialogue, character comparisons, and more subtly through indirect thematic developments by the playwright showing that on both simple and complex levels, Shakespeare attacks the anti-Semitic attitude that has been prevalent in society for centuries....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 519 words
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Aspects of The Merchant of Venice that are Meant to Evoke a Sympathetic Response - Aspects of The Merchant of Venice that are Meant to Evoke a Sympathetic Response Although “The Merchant of Venice” is meant to be a comedy, there are aspects of it which are very serious and are meant to evoke a somewhat, sympathetic response from both Elizabethan and modern day audiences. The three characters; Jessica, Shylock and Antonio each had many moral dilemmas. These dilemmas vary from each character. Antonio’s first moral dilemma was agreeing to the bond with Shylock. This could have been classed as arrogance, in thinking Shylock would not stick to the bond after all Antonio had said to him in the past about his religion....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1926 words
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Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Two thousand years ago Jews were known as Hebrews or Israelites and lived in Israel. At the time their land was occupied by Romans who tried to crush the Jewish faith and culture. Due to this, Jewish people fled Israel to make new lives and Jewish communities in other countries. In these communities Jews were known for their intelligence and business sense which led to them being mistrusted and resented....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1673 words
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Head v. Heart in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Head v. Heart in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The first problem posed in The Merchant of Venice is that of Antonio who is wondering the reasons for his feeling weary and down. Like a typical, well-respected Renaissance gentleman, Antonio goes about his predicament in an intelligent manner. He looks within himself, down to his centre of being to try and discover the rational meaning of his emotions - he searches to the very core of his soul. With clear objectives, Antonio uses his head and thinks philosophically....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1187 words
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The Theme of Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Theme of Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, there are two main themes, prejudice, and loyalty. Prejudice is the more evident theme and is shown in many different aspects through the characters and plot. Shylock and Antonio demonstrate religious discrimination between Christians and Jews. Portia and her suitors display racial discrimination. The aim of this essay is to discuss the theme of prejudice as shown in the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1157 words
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The Dramatic Contribution of Portia to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Dramatic Contribution of Portia to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Works Cited Missing Portia's appearance in play, scenes: * Act 1 Scene 2 - Portia complains that her dead father's will prevents her from choosing her own husband. Nerissa recaps the will: potential husbands (suitors) must choose between 3 caskets of gold, silver and lead....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1053 words
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Anti Semetic Themes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Anti Semetic Themes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice there is a clear clash of opinions between Antonio and Shylock. Most of the characters in the play are definitely against Shylock because he is Jewish. But is the message that Shakespeare is putting across saying that all people should hate Jewish people. I think that it could well be for these reasons. Firstly in the basic structure of the play, Shakespeare will always make subtle differences in the way he writes dialogue for each character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 574 words
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The Charater of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice - The Charater of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice In his chapter “Shakespeare and Dissident Reading,” Alan Sinfield argues that viewing Shylock as anything but an evil villain is “achieved only by leaning, tendentiously, on the text” (Sinfield 1994, 6). This is an oversimplification of Shylock’s character as portrayed in The Merchant of Venice. Sinfield portrays Shylock as static and unchanging. However, emotions and portrayal of Shylock are not as forward as Sinfield claims. Constantly evolving, Shylock goes from being described as a human, with emotional pitfalls and grief, to being angry and vindictive, and portrayed as an animal....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about a rich Christian merchant who borrows money from a Jewish moneylender to help his friend in marriage. Antonio borrows money from Shylock because Bassanio, one of Antonio's best friends, needed the money to impress Portia of Belmont. Although Antonio is rich, all his money is tied up in his business of shipping "Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea". Portia comes from a wealthy family, in her fathers will he says only the person who chooses the right casket can ask Portia's hand in marriage "the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silve...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1234 words
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Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere throughout the play, which causes the audience to sympathize with Shylock. Shakespeare uses key events, and dialogue to influence the audience. At the time Shakespeare wrote his plays, and they were performed, the contemporary audience would have mainly consisted of Christians. Jews were often persecuted, as they were the minority. The Christian audience would have been quite arrogant, and Shakespeare would have had to pander to this audience, to make the play appeal to them....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1587 words
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Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock shows an almost double sided character, he appears to be a villain some times and then a victim at others. Although with this in mind I have come to believe that he is really a true villain that has only a few good attributes compared to many more evil ones. Shylock in the majority of the play is trying to find a way in which he can seek his revenge on Christians in particular Antonio to whom some of his first words are directed; "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him," By this he means that if he just gets one opportunity then he will...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 868 words
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Bassanio and Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Bassanio and Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice When we first meet Bassanio he is with his good friend Antonio asking for money. We learn that Antonio has previously lent money to Bassanio and he has wasted it by living beyond his means. Bassanio tells Antonio; ‘and by adventuring both I oft found both,’ meaning that if Antonio lends him the money he will use it to make his fortune and pay off both his debts. Perhaps to some degree Bassanio is using Antonio for his money; it seems unreasonable to ask for more before he has paid his previous debt....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 751 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: Noble and Worthy Jessica? - Noble and Worthy Jessica. While researching for this paper I reviewed numerous essays, assessments, and commentaries concerning The Merchant of Venice. One essay used the terms "noble" and "worthy" in relation to Jessica. The author stated that "sometimes what they [the characters of the play] 'sell out' for is worthy and shows them to be noble (Jessica for example)." The author goes on to say that Shylock's reasons for selling out "seem ignoble." Those statements really got me thinking, so I strolled over to my trusty dictionary to look up "noble" and "worthy." Noble--1....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 780 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: Shylock - Antagonist or Victim? - The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Antagonist or Victim?                 In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock - a Jew. As the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villain and is portrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil.  Shylock can easily be assumed to be the antagonist in this play or, after careful research and study, he can also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge as a last resort after he has been pushed too far.   To fully understand the character of Shylock we must first look at Elizabeathen attitudes towards Jews.  In the sixteenth century Jews were rarely if ever seen in England.  In the Middle Ages Jews had fled t...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice During the play, Shakespeare illustrates Shylock's situation in such a way that the audience understands his villainous action towards Antonio is a result of victimisation. He is a victim of anti Semitism, including verbal abuse and even his own daughter insults him by robbing him and running away with a Christian and in the end he is a victim of not showing mercy and so suffers from that mistake. To find what makes up a classic Shakespearean villain one could look to Iago in "Othello"....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 799 words
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Barabas versus Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Barabas versus Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There can be many similarities drawn to both the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and Barabas in the Jew of Malta. However besides the obvious fact that they were both Jews, and the common stereo-types that were attributed to both of them such as being miserly and conniving, there are gaping differences in the dynamics of the characters themselves. “There are profound differences in Barabas and Shylock. The role assigned to by Shakespeare to his Christian characters is far more extensive, his Jew on the other hand has been scaled down and domesticated....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 708 words
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Shakespeare’s Representation of Women in The Merchant Of Venice - Shakespeare’s Representation of Women in The Merchant Of Venice In ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ Shakespeare portrays the character of Portia as a subservient woman but as the play progresses he develops the character and Portia becomes the most dominant character in the play, overcoming the stereotype that restrains women in the society at that time. Throughout the play Shakespeare develops Portia’s character from what seems like a subservient woman, who is forced into a marriage, to an independent woman who is considered an equal by her husband....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1029 words
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Describing Shylock of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Describing Shylock of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice When then Merchant of Venice was written, the religion in this country was Christianity. Anybody who was not of that religion was looked down upon, especially those who were Jews. They were treated despicably, so as the play starts and as Shylock is introduced as a Jew it is certain that he is going to be depicted as the lowest of the low, as being mercenary and sadistic. However, as the play progresses we see another side of Shylock, we see him as the victim of many years of Christian abuse, both verbal or physical, and we can see that his behaviour is understandable due to the persecution he has suff...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 826 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: Secular and Religious Views - Merchant of Venice - Secular and Religious Views The secular and religious views of both, Antonio and Shylock,  were portrayed very bluntly. The religious opinions of both characters  were that their religion was superior to infidels and also very  stereotypical. In the business world, Antonio owned ships with  valuable goods and was extremely generous. He always relied on their  return to shore and expressed his faith in this book. On the other  hand, Shylock was a greedy man and used the Bible for sources of  interest to collect more money....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 651 words
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The Presentation of Shylock and Antonio as Conflicting Opposites in The Merchant of Venice - The Presentation of Shylock and Antonio as Conflicting Opposites in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare personifies the juxtaposed themes of this play; justice and mercy, forgiveness and revenge. He contrasts characters of Shylock and Antonio to represent these key ideas. Shakespeare’s character representations of these themes certify that they are constantly played out against each other throughout the play. The play presents anti-semitic ideas, depicting Shylock, a Jew, as evil and Antonio, a Christian, as good....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1119 words
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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Shylock is one of the main characters in the play. He is a Jew who is treated very badly by all Christians. He is presented with an ideal opportunity to kill Antonio, who is a Christian moneylender, when Antonio goes to Shylock on behalf of Bassanio to ask for 3000 ducats so that he can go to Belmont and try for the hand of Lady Portia - a wealthy and beautiful heiress. The three men meet and agree to the bond to a bond, which states that Bassanio will have the loan of 3000 ducats for three months, but if Antonio fails to repay Shylock, Shylock will claim a pound of his flesh....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1298 words
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Portia's Three Suitors in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Portia's Three Suitors in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice What do the words of the three suitors in the casket scenes reveal of their characters, their attitudes and their values. Refer closely to the differences in their speeches when making their choice of casket. Do you think that Bassanio deserved to win Portia's hand in marriage. The three suitors are distinct in their own way. You find that as you are reading the play that the choice of casket is also judging the person who is choosing....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1321 words
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Language and Imagery in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Language and Imagery in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare This scene in Belmont concludes the casket challenge left by Portia's father, and conveys the love and affection between Bassanio and Portia. As the scene opens, Portia pleads for Bassanio to delay before he chooses one of the caskets, as she fears the outcome, especially as she has already fallen in love with him. She asks him to "tarry" (Line 1), to "pause a day or two" (Line 1), to "forbear awhile" (Line 3), anything to keep him from possibly choosing the wrong casket....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1080 words
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Audience's Response to Shylock in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Audience's Response to Shylock in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice As the opening scene of the third Act opens, Solanio and Salerio are used as a chorus by Shakespeare to inform the reader of the events that will be discussed in the scene. News is learnt of Antonio's ships "wreaked on the narrow seas" (Line 3). With this comment, Shakespeare instantly prepares the reader for the entrance of Shylock, who embodies danger throughout the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 842 words
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Bassanio and Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Bassanio and Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In this essay I will be writing about Bassanio and if I think he deserves the beautiful, intelligent and skilled Portia. Portia is obviously by far the most capable and intelligent person in the whole play and she always out does the men in the play by a long way. This is made very clear when she pretends to be the judge in act 5 and she gets Antonio out of a very big mess that he made for himself when he was being stupid, like most of the other men are in this play at some point....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 731 words
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Shylock's Nature in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock's Nature in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice For years, Shylock, one of Shakespeare's most complex characters has questioned audiences. He may be seen as a 2-dimensional but there is something more real about him. The fact that he is a Jew is clearly stated right at the beginning of Act 1: Scene 3, when Shylock first enters the play. As the play unfolds, Shylock is presented to be the villain of the story because he is portrayed as cold, greedy and evil. But is he....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1129 words
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