"Conflicts In The Merchant Of Venice" Essays and Research Papers

  • Conflicts In The Merchant Of Venice

    Conflicts in "Merchant of Venice" occur as a result of four major life themes: love, money, prejudice and disguise. Shylock, the Jewish moneylender is usually, and somewhat unjustly, held responsible for many of these conflicts. Though Shylock's behaviour is, in many ways, evil,and should by no means be exonerated, the conflicts he does cause are most often merely his vengeful attempt to respond to the prejudices he has experience caused by his religion. In the time of Shakespeare, prejudices were...

    Abuse, Antonio, Henry Irving 1116  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    he MMabel Martin 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...

    Christopher Marlowe, Drama, The Merchant of Venice 1012  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    CourseworkHelp : The Differences between Venice & Belmont In the play “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare the settings could not be more adverse, they are set in the most opposite atmospheres. One of the settings is named “Belmont”, this is Portia’s house…. the hero of the play. Whilst the other setting is “Venice” where Shylock… The evil character lives. Portia is a witty and clever character that endears herself to the audience by saving Antonio from Shylock’s clutches;...

    Antonio, Atmosphere, Jews 1064  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    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...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 954  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Mercy v. Justice – Old Testament v. New Testament While the conflict between justice and mercy plays a key role in determining the outcome of The Merchant of Venice, this conflict is even more important because it provides a setting for the contrast between the rigid law and rules of the Old Testament and the concepts of mercy and forgiveness as taught by Christ in the New Testament. It is in the climactic trial scene that The Duke, hoping Shylock will excuse Antonio's penalty, asks him, "How...

    Christian terms, Christianity, Jesus 1369  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" Summary: In "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare, Shylock is always portrayed as the villain of the play. However, a study of his strengths and weaknesses reveals how hard it is to tell whether he is a villain or a victim. 'The Merchant of Venice' written by William Shakespeare is two stories; the flesh blond tale and the love caskets tale. An important character that portrays these two stories is Shylock, an arrogant Jewish merchant. Shylock is...

    First Folio, Hatred, Portia 795  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Merchant of Venice- Romantic Comedy or not? Introduction A romantic comedy is a play that integrates romantic elements as well as humour. In Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, the protagonists live happily ever after, and more often than not, the play ends with the tolling of wedding bells, with more than one couple getting married to create a joyful atmosphere. Love always seems to triumph over adversity in his romantic comedies. Besides, evil is also brought to light, exhibiting enlightenment...

    Antonio, Comedy, Discrimination 961  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    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...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 938  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    difference between the Christian characters and Shylock appears to be that the Christian characters value human relationships over business ones, whereas Shylock is only interested in money. The Christian characters certainly view the matter this way. Merchants like Antonio lend money free of interest and put themselves at risk for those they love, whereas Shylock agonizes over the loss of his money and is reported to run through the streets crying, “O, my ducats! O, my daughter!” (II.viii.15). with these...

    Antonio, Henry Irving, Portia 2372  Words | 7  Pages

  • the merchant of venice

    The Merchant of Venice" by WIlliam Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice" is a play about revenge, justice, deseption and friendship. The story is about, Shylock a wealth Jew, lending one of his enemies, Antonoi, three thousand ducats. Although Antonio is a rich merchant all his resources are in his ships, trading too distant countries, but because he wants to help out his friend,Bassanio, he has no choice but to ask Shylock for a loan , not to know it could lead to his death. In this play there...

    Christopher Marlowe, Hamlet, Othello 983  Words | 5  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Jews and Christians in Renaissance Venice as Portrayed by Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice Benjamin Ravid, Robert Finlay, and Walter Cohen all have their own way of explaining the Jews in Venice in their articles. There is no argument that Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice contradicts and is over exaggerated when it is compared to each one of their articles, although there are many situations and events that occur in the play that relate to the historical reality of the relationship...

    Antisemitism, Israel, Jews 1592  Words | 4  Pages

  • The merchant of venice: Tragedy or Comedy?

    tragedies, while others are more ambiguous. The Merchant of Venice is a play that falls under the latter type, and it has been hotly contested whether this literary work should be classified a comedy or a tragedy. However, since the majority of the characters received a happy ending, the abundance of comic relief scenes and characters, and lightheartedness of the plot relative to other Shakespearean works leads me to conclude that The Merchant of Venice is indeed a comedy. One of the...

    Comedy, Drama, Macbeth 877  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice Movie Production Matt Bomer as Antonio Matthew Bomer has an impressive and aristocratic bearing. No matter how tall he is, Matthew appears noble and upright. He is very much in control of the image he sends out to others. Bomer is elegant, graceful, and charismatic. He can take the role as a rather lackluster character. He can act as a hopeless depressive man, someone who cannot name the source of his melancholy such...

    Actors from California, Actors from Texas, American film actors 625  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice - Racism

    play, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is one that receives a lot of controversy in History. The main storyline of the play is about a Jewish moneylender named Shylock who strikes a deal with the Christian merchant, Antonio. Antonio’s friend, Bassanio, needs money for his wedding and asks Antonio for the money. Unfortunately, Antonio’s money is at sea, stored in boats; However, Antonio agrees to obtain money for Bassanio through Shylock, the moneylender. So, the two merchants strike a...

    Antonio, Justice, Portia 1466  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice Essay ‘Shylock was justified in taking revenge on Antonio.’ Do you agree? In ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare, Shylock the Jew is portrayed as the antagonist of the story. Cunning, vengeful and cruel are words you may use to describe this malicious character, but does he really deserve this reputation? Upon the mention of Shylock, the saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind. Though Shylock is seen as a cruel and spiteful character,...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 747  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    can gamble money or items, and in some cases things much more important. In the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, gambling appears in the form of money, marriage, physical life, and a soul. These different wagers are used to represent debt, loss, and greed, but Shakespeare also associates gambling with love. Gambling is usually not linked with the word love, however, in The Merchant of Venice, gambling takes a certain form of love. Gambling acts like a measure for ones love and you...

    Antonio, Frankenstein, Gambling 1991  Words | 6  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Merchant of Venice I agree with the statement saying that the main issues of The Merchant of Venice are credited to the development of Shylock and Portia. Throughout the story, the characters of Shylock and Portia are the ones who raise many significant matters to do with Venetian society and even our society today. Shylock’s experiences in the story bring up topics of racism and revenge, while through the character of Portia, issues such as justice, mercy and the role of women in a patriarchal...

    Antonio, Gender role, Jews 1312  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare is a captivating play about revenge, justice, deception and friendship. Held within the brutal time of the 16th century, the play is about a pronounced character known as Shylock, who is a reasonably wealthy Jew, lending one of his enemies, Antonio, three thousand ducats. The play gives you a glance of how bad and unbearable life was for non-Christians, especially Jews. Shakespeare does an impeccable job of conveying the ...

    Antisemitism, Jews, Love 1999  Words | 6  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice In “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare is a play in which the themes of love and hate are dominant. The Merchant of Venice is a tale set in Venice about a merchant named Antonio who attempts to help his friend, Bassanio marry his love Portia. In order to do this he is forced to borrow money from a Jewish money lender called Shylock. In this essay I will discuss the nature of these themes and the main characters involved. I also intend to consider the different...

    Antonio, Jews, Love 1119  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Merchant of Venice: Would Shylock have our Sympathy in the Modern World? People have changed the views on people and other races. In particular, because of many events in the past, people around the world have a complete different eye on Jews. Shylock, a merchant in the story of William Shakespeare’s play “Merchant of Venice” is a Jew. The play shows how Jews were considered during the times in Venice. I believe that in our modern society, Sherlock would have our sympathy. First of all...

    Adolf Hitler, Antisemitism, Germany 855  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    people do not show any mercy because they have no room for mercy or has very little while others give mercy to many a lot. To imagine such a world where mercy is not shown and just being caught by doing one sin would be the death penalty. In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare reveals the idea of mercy through the different scenes in a exciting and interesting way for the readers to keep reading on. Mercy depends on the person and how their characteristic is and also how they are...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 1011  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    A play I have studied is The Merchant of Venice. Two characters in the play who have a tense relationship are Shylock and Antonio. This tension stems firstly from religious differences. In Venice at this time the Christians looked down on the Jewish people because of their religion. Shylock cannot understand the hatred of the Jewish people on Antonio and the rest of the Christians part. Antonio treats Shylock like a dog and he even admits in the text Shylock: ‘Fair sir, you spat on me on Wednesday...

    Antisemitism, Antonio, Jews 1594  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598.In Shakespeare s The Merchant of Venice, there are many controversies over religion and friendship, but the idea of the play that interested me the most was the role of women. The two women that are in this play take on the role of the saviors of the men who seem helpless and hopeless compared to them. From the first time we meet Portia, we see that she is a very smart woman and that she is...

    Antonio, Marriage, Portia 1625  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice "Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us. Show how two of those issues are discussed in the play." Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear on the outside and how they are in reality, or on the inside. The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations. The first representation of this is Shylock's generosity...

    Antisemitism, Discrimination, Jews 983  Words | 3  Pages

  • merchant of venice

    Question 1 Essay question: The Merchant of Venice The outcome of the trial of Shylock versus Antonio doesn’t reach an apt conclusion at the end of the play. In the preceding essay I plan to demonstrate the factors that influenced my decision to object to the verdict that concludes this play. I believe Shylock’s punishment is too harsh in this unjust court of law. It is of most relevance to highlight the fact that Antonio was entirely aware of the penalty that would arise from the bond forfeiting...

    Antisemitism, Emotion, Israel 815  Words | 2  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

     The Merchant of Venice illustrates a clear discrepancy between the moral values of its Christian characters and those of Shylock; at last revealing favor for the mercy, generosity, love, and self-sacrifice of the Christians. Irrespective of the religious hypocrisy displayed by the Christians of the play, they ultimately prove the victors, while those who disregard the virtues of Christian doctrine suffer highly disagreeable consequences. Shylock, a miserly Jew and heartless usurer characterized...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 2731  Words | 7  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    Shylock: Villain or Victim The Merchant Of Venice is the story about a merchant by the name of Antonio who borrows money from a Jewish moneylender by the name of Shylock, in order to fund his best friend Bassanio’s romantic ambitions. The majority of the residents of Venice during the time this story was written were Christians, just like Antonio. At the same time there was a considerable amount of hatred toward those who were not Christians. Antonio needed money quickly and he had no other choice...

    Antisemitism, Israel, Jews 2558  Words | 8  Pages

  • Pride and Prejudice & the Merchant of Venice

    and ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Shakespeare and Jane Austen both present strong feeling of love, revenge, hatred and friendship. They are two different types of stories, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a novel and ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play so therefore they both have different ways of presenting strong feelings but they do have some similarities. In ‘Pride and Prejudice’ strong feelings are presented by: 1. The Narrator 2. Letters 3. Dialogue Whereas in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ strong...

    Jane Austen, Laurence Olivier, Portia 2106  Words | 5  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    From ancient times, through to the Renaissance, friendship between two men was regarded as the highest form of social relationship, even surpassing that between a man and a woman in matrimony. This is portrayed through “The Merchant of Venice”, written by William Shakespeare which was written between 1556 and 1558. This platonic natured friendship is still portrayed in modern literature, but due to changed opinions because of the society in which it was written it is more subtle in expressions as...

    Friendship, Interpersonal relationship, Love 1919  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    When William Shakespear wrote, The merchant Of Venice, he made a female character that has a huge influence on the play. In most of his work, the women don't have much power and are not very smart. In the Merchant Of Venice, Portia is a woman that saves the life of a man using her head. Another woman created by Shakespear that is a lot alike with Portia is Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing. Both of these ladies add to the main theme of the plays because of their ...

    Antisemitism, Jews, Judaism 1050  Words | 6  Pages

  • Anti-Semitism and the Merchant of Venice

    Asiya Wallace November 30, 2012 English 100 Anti- Semitism & The Merchant of Venice Anti-Semitism is the suspicion of, hatred toward, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish heritage. In the play The Merchant of Venice, there was a very strong anti-Semitic attitude throughout the movie. African Americans also had to deal with hatred, enslavement, and discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement. Anti-Semitism and The Civil Rights Movement have a lot in common...

    African American, Antisemitism, Discrimination 856  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of venice

    speech by Shylock evokes the social world in which he lives. For, as a Jew, Shylock rails in magnified language against Antonio, a Venetian who has castigated Shylock for his usury. Also, within the setting of this play, the Venetians limited Jewish merchants and moneylenders/pawnbrokers, making them live in "geti" (plural of "geto").  The guttural pronunciation of this word made it sound like ghetto, a word still used today to mark emargination. So, Shylock is perceived as inferior to the Venetian money...

    Antisemitism, Jews, Money 887  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    Parent-Child Relationship Between Jessica and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice After reading The Merchant of Venice, we should ask ourselves if Shylock, who many people perceive as tragedy stricken and victimized, is in fact so hard done by after all. When it comes to family matters, I believe that Shylock is the ultimate cause behind his awful relationship with Jessica. In this play, Shakespeare portrays an old fashioned child-parent relationship in which the child feels inferior to the parent...

    Novel, Shylock, The Merchant of Venice 1026  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Film Analysis

    English 101-210 Final Draft Battle of the Directors The Merchant of Venice, also known as “The Jew of Venice is a drama play originally written by William Shakespeare in 1598. The major conflict occurs when a man named Antonio (Venetian merchant) fails to pay off a loan to a greedy Jewish money loaner known as Shylock who demands a pound of flesh from Antonio in return. Antonio and his friends take a journey through friendship, love, and hatred in an attempt to free him of his pound of flesh...

    Al Pacino, Films considered the greatest ever, John Sichel 2437  Words | 6  Pages

  • romance and comedy in merchant of venice

    Question 1.The Merchant of Venice: A Romantic Comedy From Insights, 1992 The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies, probably written in 1596 and 1597, and forms one of a group of such comedies, along with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like It, andTwelfth Night. Romantic comedy was a popular and much-preferred type in Elizabethan theatre, and all the trappings of such are present in The Merchant of Venice. First, the romantic involvement is represented not by one...

    Antonio, Comedy, Love 2304  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare, in the Merchant of Venice, portrays Shylock as one vivid character who can be analysed in various ways. Shylock is portrayed as a complex character who defies explanation and who will probably never be fully understood. Rather than a one-dimensional villain viewed through the eyes of the Elizabethan era when the play was written, Shylock can also be seen as both an Elizabethan stereotype and a fully drawn human being when the play is viewed through...

    Capitalism, Debt, International Monetary Fund 1191  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice - Trial Scene

    Kimberley Williamson “The Merchant of Venice” Analyse how ONE main character’s attempts to solve a problem were important to the text as a whole. In the text, “The Merchant of Venice,” written and performed by Shakespeare, Antonio, the merchant, borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, to send his friend Bassanio overseas to woo and marry Portia. However, failing to pay back the money in time, Shylock takes Antonio to court demanding a pound of his flesh in payment. Portia, one...

    Antonio, Justice, Law 1362  Words | 4  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice deals with sensitive issues which are relevant even in today’s time. Appearance versus reality lies at the core of the play. Also, the social standing of the era is pictured beautifully in the drama. William Shakespeare is the most legendry English poet and writer. All over the world, he has been regarded as the greatest writer and the most marvelous dramatist. Often described as national...

    Antisemitism, Antonio, Elizabethan era 1744  Words | 6  Pages

  • A discussion of the themes and characters in "The Merchant of Venice"

    studied in class?What were the main themes?Were these themes 'timeless'? (must provide examples from the modern day)Who were the main characters?Were they memorable and why?ESSAYShakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice' captures timeless theme's of society woven into the story of a wealthy merchant in Venice. The themes can be found throughout the entire play formed mostly between the diverse relationships of the characters. Though the play is set in a different era many of the basic themes of the play...

    Antonio, Christopher Marlowe, First Folio 1321  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    the idea of love that appears in the play's subplots. Examines how love exists in many forms, and looks at how Shakespeare clarifies the importance of romantic vows and the nature of the marital relationship. The sentimental storylines in The Merchant of Venice often get lost amid the play's more prominent themes. Although the idea of love appears only through the play's subplots, Shakespeare does make the theme prevalent enough to warrant attention. The play demonstrates that love exists in many forms...

    Interpersonal relationship, Love, Lust 1510  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Spot Analysis

    Learned in The Merchant of Venice Although the play’s title leads readers to believe its contents to surround Antonio, rather the play surrounds a hated and despised Shylock the Jew. However, as Shakespeare so often does, several scenes are placed almost haphazardly within the conflict and turmoil building amongst the main characters. Often readers question the scenes appropriateness and necessity to the play’s progression, and struggle to create connections to the play’s main conflict and following...

    Antonio, Game, Human 942  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Merchant Of Venice

    and the formality of the situation they are in. In the beginning of the scene, Shylock is very in control using lengthy paragraphs and verse. He is knowledgeable about the law, ‘If you deny me, fie upon your law: There is no force in the decrees of Venice.’ (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 101) and adamant that he will succeed in the debt being paid, ‘The pound of flesh which I demand of him is dearly bought; ‘tis mine and i will have it.’ (Act 4, Scene 1, Line 99) However, Portia is also both very knowledgeable...

    Antonio, Formal system, Language 1354  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice: a Tragic Play

    The Merchant of Venice: A Tragic Play In my opinion the play The Merchant of Venice is a tragic one which is discised as being comic. Many factors of this play are derived from the current voice of situation. The Merchant of Venice could be looked at as more tragic because of the negative intents from some of the characters in the play. Greed and deception are just a couple of the main features from where many of the decisions are derived. For example, revenge was an intent that Sylock had...

    Christopher Marlowe, First Folio, Hamlet 804  Words | 3  Pages

  • Volpone and The Merchant of Venice

    Are Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Jonson’s Volpone devoted to ‘the performance of justice’? Justice has intrinsic links with laws and rules – two motifs that are central to both Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Jonson’s Volpone. These include laws of the Venetian state, the contracts between business men, friends or lovers and Biblical laws. Strict adherence to the law is questioned as to whether or not it truly brings justice as often the varying laws of state, love, business and...

    Ben Jonson, Merchant, Portia 2592  Words | 7  Pages

  • merchant of venice review

    Project On “The Merchant Of Venice” Contents SR. NO. PARTICULARS 1 Writer 2 Summary 3 Character Analysis 4 Themes 5 Relevance To Modern World 6 Critical Evaluation Writer William Shakespeare born on 26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616)] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national...

    Antonio, Portia, Racism 2022  Words | 7  Pages

  • Anti-Semitism in Merchant of Venice

    has been looked down upon, disrespected and persecuted by other ethnicities. In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock reveals to us Shakespeare's attitude towards the Jewish people and anti-Semitism. Throughout the play Shylock is treated with a continuum of hostility and disrespect from the other characters. Many would argue that Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice condones anti-Semitism, but if a closer look is taken, Shakespeare's playwright actually supports an opposing...

    Antisemitism, Discrimination, Jews 1138  Words | 3  Pages

  • Literary Analysis of the Merchant of Venice

    "To live for a universal end is not merely desirable, but necessary, and forms the basis of moral action." The drama of The Merchant of Venice is a legendary comedy, whose main action is so nearly tragical that the play barely escapes becoming a tragedy. It may be further classified as external, since its conflict lies in the realm of reality and is developed by natural rather than supernatural means. Its time relation falls in the palmy days of Venetian greatness, before the enterprise of Da Gama...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 2431  Words | 7  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Themes

    Themes in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ 1. The nature of love, marriage and friendship. ▪ Shakespeare’s romantic comedies usually lead up to and end with marriages, including one noble marriage and this is true in this text. The suitor loves and serves his lady; but after marriage the wife loves and serves the husband. As soon as Bassanio has chosen rightly, Portia calls him Lord: ‘her Lord, her governor, her king,’ (Act 3, scene 2) adding ‘Myself, and what is mine, to you and yours / Is now...

    Antonio, F. Murray Abraham, Love 1106  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Shylock Analysis

    oppression and resistance.” In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Shylock is the core of all ripples. He lashed out against the prejudice that was thrust upon him and is considered evil for doing so. The Merchant of Venice brought together different characters of different religions. Shakespeare used characters in this play to reflect sixteenth century views on Christianity and Judaism. The character Shylock wass used to embody the religious conflicts of the Elizabethan era. Throughout the play, Shylock’s...

    Antonio, Jewish Christians, Portia 1034  Words | 3  Pages

  • The Role of Prejudice in the Merchant of Venice

    The Role of Prejudice In The Merchant of Venice This paper discusses the subject of prejudice in the William Shakespeare play, The Merchant of Venice. I. Introduction William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed.The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly...

    Antisemitism, Christopher Marlowe, Jews 2382  Words | 7  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice - Quality of Mercy

    morals. These morals revolved around the superiority of followers of Christianity to followers of other religions, particularly Judaism. Works such as the Merchant of Venice may seem to today’s audience as anti-Semitic while extolling Christian virtues, or at least the perceived virtues of what it meant to be Christian. In the Merchant of Venice, the Christian virtue of mercy as a “divine” quality seems to be upheld for the pleasure of an Elizabethan audience. However, it seems that Shakespeare may...

    Antisemitism, Audience, Christianity 926  Words | 3  Pages

  • Homosexuality in Merchant of Venice

    argumentative essay in response to Shakepeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. Support your ideas and arguments with appropriate evidence from the text (general points of character, incident and language as well as specific quotations). The commentaries from Professor Luxon are quoted here to help provoke your thinking on each topic. [pic] Bassanio came to Belmont under false pretences to win "the golden fleece"; so Portia went to Venice under false pretences, bringing the world of romance, as...

    Antonio, Love, Parables of Jesus 755  Words | 3  Pages

  • Final Essay for Merchant of Venice

    Final Essay for Merchant of Venice Although the Merchant of Venice, written by the renowned playwright William Shakespeare, is part of brilliant romantic comedy series, it is known largely for its drama and intense allusions to themes and concerns of the time period, which may be looked at differently in the modern society. The title of the play refers to the character of Antonio, who is ‘the Merchant of Venice’, even though the Jewish moneylender, Shylock is the more prominent character, who leaves...

    Antisemitism, Audience, Audience theory 973  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Shylock

    or Victim It is without doubt that William Shakespeare’s suspenseful play of The Merchant of Venice evokes complex feelings within a reader. Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as the antagonist, a miserable, cruel and prosaic figure menacing enough to endanger the happiness of Venetian citizens. At the same time, one feels a curious compassion for this character. In the 2004 film of The Merchant of Venice adaptation starring Al Pacino, Shylock is portrayed as a justifiably angry man: he...

    Al Pacino, Antisemitism, Shylock 772  Words | 3  Pages

  • Xenophobia in Othello and the Merchant of Venice

    and emotionally compelling plays, sonnets, and poetry. Two of his finest pieces of work, Othello and The Merchant of Venice feature dynamic characters, and insights into the chivalry and the xenophobic disposition of the English people at the time. Throughout these two stories, three primary female characters emerge, Desdemona from Othello, and Portia and Jessica from The Merchant of Venice. The female leads in each of these stories share many things in common such as their devotion to their mate...

    Iago, Interracial marriage, Laurence Olivier 1555  Words | 4  Pages

  • Comedy of Tradgedy: William Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice

    Rex Clayton Professor Kennedy ENGL 200 07/13/2013 Sympathy not Tragedy That old Jew got what he deserved! This is the cathartic feeling that William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice inspires as the central character Antonio is released from the perils of his impending death. In American society today, it is wrong to persecute someone for their religious beliefs, as we are all created equal. This sentiment was, indeed, not the case in the 1500’s. Although the events that surround Shylock are...

    Character, Christopher Marlowe, Drama 795  Words | 3  Pages

  • Role of Justice in the Merchant of Venice

    Florence Lau College Writing Block H April 11th, 2013 Role of Justice in Count of Monte Cristo and the Merchant of Venice The Role of Justice Justice, as defined by the American Oxford Dictionary, is the quality of being fair and reasonable. The role of justice is to maintain peace and harmony in a society by making sure that virtuousness is outshining maliciousness. This role is often upheld by one of a higher authority who acts as a judge and gives an impartial analysis of a certain situation...

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  • The Knife of Discrimination: Discrimination in The Merchant of Venice

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