Merchant of Venice

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Alessandro Larosa

How does Shakespeare present his ideas (themes, main points, the time, morality and reflection) within the merchant of Venice?  
Introduction -
 
The play, the merchant of Venice, was written by Shakespeare. The play puts forward ideas and themes which are universal and relevant in today’s life. He uses techniques, dramatic techniques and context to showcase these ideas which form the plot, climax and conclusion of this remarkable play.  

Body -
 
Justice
 
Point:
In Venice, 1596, the economic stability was dependant on foreign businessmen like shylock. The city has laws to protect their legal rights and it is how the two religions follow and obey these laws which separate them.  

Elaboration:
In the context of Merchant of Venice, Jews believe in justice, and following the law and Christians are shown to have mercy. Shylock with his bond prepares to cut Antonio's heart, meanwhile the Christian court begs him and asks why he will not show mercy. Shylock replies saying he doesn’t have a logical reason for why he hates Antonio but he insists on having his bond to for fill his revenge.  

Example:
Shylock has a speech about the courts question.
 
Quote:
"Tis mine and I will have it.
If you deny me, fie upon your law—
There is no force in the decrees of Venice.
I stand for judgment. Answer, shall I have it?"
 
Technique:
Metaphor of the pound of flesh used:
A pound of flesh is used as a metaphor for justice. Shylock has had his daughter taken away from him like a part of his flesh and he is simply getting it back, while filling his revenge he is also achieving justice within himself.  

Link:
Shakespeare uses justice to make the play realistic; everything in life is controlled by laws. It is the scales of justice which separates the two religions.  

Wealth over love
 
Point:
In Shakespeare's plays he always has involved love. But what could be valued more than love, money. Shakespeare brings forward Wealth...
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