The Merchant of Venice

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he MMabelMartin
Professor Valencic, Adam
ENGL 200
Dec 16, 2012

Dear Prof. Valencic:

In exploring “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare while trying to classify it, as it is a troublesome play to classify in the usual Shakespearean categories of comedy, history or tragedy, I came to the conclusion that the ultimate view of this drama is neither simply a comedy or a tragedy, but a combination of both. In the book it was stated that, “Coinciding with the reduction in the stature of characters in tragedy has come a hybrid form that has come to be known as tragicomedy, that is, works of drama that combine the tragic and comic together” (277).

With this in mind, after reading this troublesome play, I’d have to argue that it be considered a “Tragicomedy”. So now I ask professor, would this qualify as such, although originally this drama has been titled, The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called the Jew of Venice, originally I did not see the comedy within it, but I can see some now, but I also wouldn’t call it a complete tragedy, being that there was conflict, it ultimately never ended in a complete tragedy to call it that either.

I appreciate any feedback to the matter, whether it still corresponds to the original question? Is my understanding of the term applied correctly in my opinion towards this drama? I look forward to gaining more knowledge towards this assignment which I enjoyed analyzing.

Sincerely,
Mabel Martin
MabelMartin
Professor Valencic, Adam
ENGL 200
Dec 16, 2012

The Merchant of Venice

“The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction” (324). When analyzing this line from “The Merchant of Venice”, it does not seem as though this drama would be considered a comedy, but rather a tragedy. We all have read and studied the variety of works of the great writer William Shakespeare, most of his plays can be categorized into comedy, history, or...
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