The Merchant of Venice

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Love and Hate

The Merchant of Venice a play written by the famous poet and play writer, William Shakespeare, in the year 1596 - 1598. It is based on both love and hate. Shakespeare demonstrates the themes of love and hate clearly through various character. The friendship love is shown through Antonio towards Bassanio, romantic love is shown through Portia and Bassanio and self love is shown through shylock. However Shakespeare also illustrates hates during the play through the characters shylock and Antonio and shylock and his daughter Jessica.

The Merchant of Venice is a play about love, the play mainly revolve around the romantic love of these main characters Portia and Bassanio. As written in the play, Portia was a rich woman that was left alone by her wealthy father. Many suitors have tried their luck and failed to choose the right casket to win her heart, at last Bassanio caught Portia’s eyes and she fell in love with him. Portia showed her love to Bassanio by hinting which casket has key to her lonely heart. This was done by staring at it. In the final selection, Portia asks "Nerrissa and the rest, stand all aloof,"(3.2, 42) so that they can't see her eyes, and then she tells Bassanio, "my eye shall be the stream."(3.2,26), this made it clear to Bassanio that the right casket was the lead casket which he finally choose. This is how Merchant of Venice is fallen under theme of love.

The love theme in the play is demonstrated through other characters such as Shylock. This self love was shown to the audience when Shylock heard news about his daughter running away and away with her she took a casket full of ducats and other costly jewellery. “A diamond gone cost me two thousand ducats” (3.1,72-80) in these verses shylock talks about how much the jewellery is worth that Jessica took away with her, also he appear more concerned about all the money that he has to spend to find her “Why thou, loss upon loss! The thief gone with so much, and so much to...
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