"The Relationship Between Bassanio And Portia In The Merchant Of Venice" Essays and Research Papers

  • The Relationship Between Bassanio And Portia In The Merchant Of Venice

    The Homosexual Relationship Between Antonio and Bassanio in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice Tsun-Hsien Tsai Sophomore Student, Department of English National Changhua University of Education There are many pairs of male adults with honorable masculine friendships appearing in William Shakespeare’s popular plays, such as Antonio and Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice, Antonio and Sebastian in Twelfth Night, the two kings Leonates and Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, and so on...

    Homosexuality, Interpersonal relationship, Love 1689  Words | 6  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice and Portia

    In this play of deceptive appearances, is Portia suspect of not being altogether what she appears to be? Critics have debated this question over the centuries-some with greater enthusiasm than others. One such critic is Anna Jameson. Jameson’ allegations are valid concerning Portia’s undoubted wealth, beauty, and intelligence, but she fails to recognize that she is not all that she appears to be (141). Jameson’s review gives much praise to Portia. According to Jameson, “Many critics are so dazzled...

    Antonio, Marriage, Portia 1549  Words | 5  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice: Portia Saves the Day

    After reading The Merchant of Venice, one may think that Antonio or even Bassanio is the hero. While that may be true, there is a possibility that there is no hero. There is a heroine. Portia is not expected in the beginning to emerge as a heroine or even as a major character. She is merely a background character from the subplot. As the play begins to wind down, the reader will find many examples in which Portia saves major characters from their own dilemmas. The first (and most obvious)...

    Antonio, Character, Portia 967  Words | 3  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: Analysis of Portia

    Character Name: Portia Character Traits: Loyal “Oh, me, the word ‘choose’! I may neither choose who I would nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one nor refuse none? (Act 1 Scene 2 lines 22~25) “In terms of choice I am not solely led by nice direction of a maiden’s eyes. Besides, the lott’ry of my destiny bars me the right of voluntary choosing. But if my father had not scanted me...

    Antonio, Early Modern English, Marriage 2067  Words | 6  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice and Portia

      Portia: Is thy name Shylock? Shylock: Yes. Portia: Of a strange nature is the suit you follow. (To Antonio): You stand within his danger, do you not? Antonio: Ay, so he says. Portia: Do you confess the bond? Antonio: I do. Portia: Then must the Jew be merciful. Shylock: On what compulsion must I? Portia: The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath: it is twice blest, it blesses him that gives and him that takes. It becomes the throned...

    Antonio, Mercy, Portia 839  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

  • Consider Shakespeare's presentation of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice"

    Consider Shakespeare’s presentation of Portia in “The Merchant Of Venice” “The Merchant of Venice” is believed to have been written in the 16th century and it is to a large extent reflective of England at the time, which was a patriarchal society. Portia’s character embodies the characteristics of an ideal woman at the time that arguably defers to her father and eventually her husband. However, as the play advances we see a different side of Portia. Shakespeare introduces her character in...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 2095  Words | 6  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    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, and is selfless and not self-serving. It also clarifies the importance of romantic vows and the nature of the marital relationship. The first idea of love that...

    Interpersonal relationship, Love, Lust 1510  Words | 4  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

  • Differences Between Il Pecorne and a Merchant of Venice

    similarities between Ser Giovanni's Il Pecorone and William Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice are blatantly obvious. The stories seem to be essentially the same with few differences between them. It appears that Shakespeare just added dialogue to an existing tale, not having created the plot himself. This simply is not the case. While there are many recognizable similarities between Il Pecorone and A Merchant of Venice there are significant differences between Shakespeare's character of Bassanio and Giovanni's...

    Difference, First Folio, Portia 796  Words | 3  Pages

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

    classic play The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare illustrates the turmoil experienced by a collection of minorities in society: homosexuals, women, blacks, and Jews. Scholars follow Antonio as he struggles with his homosexual feelings, Portia as she strives to redefine her role as a woman, the Prince of Morocco as he works to make people see past his skin color, and Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, as he seeks revenge on the people who have hurt him. In his play The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare provides...

    Antisemitism, Antonio, Jews 2115  Words | 6  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice: Portia Essay

    The Merchant of Venice is a play set in a very male and Christian dominated society where other religions and women rights weren’t very well accepted by the community. However Portia, a rich woman who had previously been controlled by men, triumphs as she manipulates tricks and saves the lives of the men. We see how she is manipulated by men through her father, who though dead, still manages to control who she marries from his will. He states in his will that from three different caskets the suitors...

    Antonio, Boy, Doctor 1778  Words | 4  Pages

  • A Merchant of Venice essay comparing the different sides of Portia.

    A Two-Faced "Lady Richly Left" (1.1.161). In the play The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare reveals Portia's character in a variety of different ways. She seems to have multiple personalities, and it is very difficult for one to conclude whether she is kind or cruel. For example, she could be said to be prejudiced and sly, while also very caring. Portia is quick to judge others on appearances and first impressions. In scene II, when Portia is discussing her suitors with Nerissa, she explains all of...

    Antonio, Marriage, Portia 792  Words | 3  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 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

  • Merchant of Venice

    fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Self-Interest versus Love On the surface, the main 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...

    Antonio, Henry Irving, Portia 2372  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

  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.

    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice is a tragic comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspe cts with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous 'Hath not a Jew eyes' speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about the 'quality of mercy'. The title...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 1104  Words | 3  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

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • Women in disguise in Merchant of Venice

    period; how does he manipulate Renaissance gender constructions in order to convey his message; how is the patriarchal attitude explored through the women in the text; and many more. Using The Merchant of Venice as an example, this essay will attempt to explore Shakespeare’s representations of the characters of Portia, Nerissa and Jessica. It will seek to examine their role in the text, as well as explore representations of gender and cross-dressing. It is important for the audience to remember that at...

    Antonio, Gender, Gender role 2853  Words | 7  Pages

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

    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 still affect the world and are relevant to the modern...

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

  • What fairytale elements can be discerned in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice?'

    There are many fairytale elements in 'The Merchant of Venice'. For example, there is the idea of being three different items such as the three caskets, three thousand ducats in the bond and the three marriages. There is also the idea of deception, which is featured in many fairy tales. An example of this idea is when Jessica betrays her father to elope with Lorenzo. There is also disguise, when Portia and Nerissa disguise themselves as male layers to save Antonio from the bond. The idea of Shylock...

    Antonio, Brothers Grimm, Fairy tale 1777  Words | 5  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice

    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 of Jews and Christians...

    Antisemitism, Israel, Jews 1592  Words | 4  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice - Plot Structure

    of ‘The Merchant of Venice' is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured.</b></center> <br> <br>"The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock's bond and the Lord of Belmont's will than in Jack and the Beanstalk." <br>H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. <br> <br>This is one way of looking at the play, reading it or enjoying the performance. But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. ‘The Merchant of Venice'...

    Antonio, Fairy tale, Portia 1701  Words | 5  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

  • 1.The Merchant of Venice as a Tragicomedy. 2. The justification of Shylock's actions in 'The Merchant of Venice'. 3.The contrast between Belmont and Venice in 'The Merchant of Venice'

    a tragicomedy Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' is a comedy with a difference. It was written almost certainly between 1596 & 1598. The play is classed as one of the 16 comedy plays but it is also a 'problem' play due to the tragic elements woven throughout the intricate plot. The play concludes with a harmonious ending but all through the plot, reoccurring themes of sadness and tragedy are included. In terms of dramatic structure, "The Merchant of Venice" is undoubtedly a comedy. It follows...

    Antonio, Comedy, Portia 2290  Words | 7  Pages

  • Gender Stereotypes in the Merchant of Venice

    Themes in the Merchant of Venice Gender stereotypes are not a modern notion and as such expectations and limitations have always existed for both men and women. Fortunately women, who have formerly beared great burdens of discrimination, now have very liberated roles in society as a result of slowly shifting attitudes and values. Shakespeare was integral in challenging the subservient role expected of women in the 16th century. Throughout the play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, women are expressed as...

    16th century, Female, Gender 882  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant Of Venice and Doctor Faustus explorative essay

    Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and William Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice with reference to a range of critical reading. Both plays were written in the 1590's, the same period at which the duke visited london and made the statement that features in the title of this essay. the duke also so observed trade was an integral cog in the working machine that was london. But this was not only exclusive to london. If we also look back at venice during this time it was represented by shakespere as excotic...

    Antonio, Marriage, Portia 1882  Words | 4  Pages

  • Examine the presentation of parent-child relationships in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice"

    In 'The Merchant of Venice', there are three parent-child relationships; Shylock and Jessica, Portia and her deceased father, and Launcelot and Old Gobbo. There is an obvious contrast between these relationships. Although Portia's father is deceased, they had a good relationship while he was alive. However, the relationship between Shylock and Jessica is repressive and conflictual and ends tragically. After Shakespeare's song, Hamnet, died tragically in 1596, he began a theatrical study of parent-child...

    Antisemitism, Antonio, Portia 1677  Words | 4  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 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

  • Antonio and Bassanio

    Antonio and Bassanio Antonio and Bassanio are mainly presented as a pair throughout the play. Their relationship, reaction of other characters towards them, thoughts and feeling they express are significant factors that contribute to answering the question. In the preformed version of Michael Radford Merchant of Venice there is a strong depiction of homosexuality, which is his own analysis of their relationship. This could alter the audience’s view on the play, as this theme is noticeable and...

    Antonio, Michael Radford, Portia 1173  Words | 3  Pages

  • Choose Two Major Themes in “the Merchant of Venice”. State What You Have Learnt About These Themes and Their Importance in Providing You with an Understanding of the Play.

    The Merchant of Venice Choose two major themes in “The Merchant of Venice”. State what you have learnt about these themes and their importance in providing you with an understanding of the play. In “The Merchant of Venice” the two major themes that have provided me with an understanding of the play are hatred and love. Hatred is important in the play because it helps us to understand the concept of the play by revealing thoughts of the characters and background information about their lives...

    Antonio, Emotion, Love 1115  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Glossary and Character Sketch

    Glossary—The Merchant of Venice Act I, Scene II 1. “By my troth”—a mild oath like “Upon my word” 2. aught—anything 3. surfeit—overindulge 4. superfluity—excess 5. Hare—to run fast 6. “overname them”—say their names over 7. colt—a young, or inexperienced person 8. Death’s-head—skull 9. a-cap’ring—dancing 10. pennyworth—a small amount 11. doublet—a close-fitting outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes having a short skirt, worn by men in the...

    Marriage, The Merchant of Venice 793  Words | 4  Pages

  • Shakespeare's Purpose of the Merchant of Venice.

    Shakespeare's Purpose of The Merchant of Venice There are different intents to illustrate in each of Shakespeare's plays. In one of his plays, The Merchant of Venice, his intent was to illustrate that whatever you do to a person or to a group at the start, will always come back to you at the end. (karma) However, if we take an honest look at those thing that we have done, it doesn't always come back as the same. Just as judging a person by the cover isn't always right, you need to dig deeper into...

    Antonio, Arnold Wesker, Portia 913  Words | 3  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

  • 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

  • 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 essay notes

    Notes merchant of Venice Key characters Shylock, Antonio, Bassanio, Portia Need to know Personality traits How they impact on the plot of the narrative? How they change throughout the play? Key relationships The problems they must overcome Their characters importance in the plot key themes Law, mercy and revenge Self-interest vs love Prejudice and intolerance Wealth Greed vs generosity Love and friendship Law, mercy and revenge The law can be manipulated (scene 4) Law favors...

    Antisemitism, Antonio, Middle Ages 771  Words | 4  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

  • The Themes of the Merchant of Venice

    The play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare has two major themes running through its story. Even though it was written in the late 1500s these themes still have significance today. The main characters of this play are Shylock, the Jew, who is a money lender charging interest to make living. Antonio is another character of this play and he is a fairly rich merchant. Antonio has a very good friend Bassanio, who wants to marry Portia, a wealthy woman who is Shakespeare's heroine. Prejudice...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 1110  Words | 4  Pages

  • merchent of venice act 1 scene 2

    Part 1 Merchant of venice project Why did Shakespeare choose to write a play on Jews? . The main theme of the merchant of Venice is anti-Semitism. Over the years many have argued that the merchant of Venice is an spin off on Christopher Marlowe’s ‘The Jew of Malta’. Both plays were anti-Semitic and based on the stereotypical idea of Jews. This is because at the time, there weren’t many Jews living in England. Also because in the middle ages Jews were a great source of revenue. Money lending...

    Christopher Marlowe, First Folio, Marriage 1528  Words | 4  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

  • The Merchant of Venice- Critical Evaluation

    the themes of love and hate through character in the play “The Merchant of Venice”? William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice contains many themes and elements that could be considered timeless. Shakespeare effectively explores the themes of love and hate through character in the play which is a play of two parts. One part follows the fortunes of Bassanio, a friend of the Merchant, Antonio, in his attempts to win the hand of Portia, the rich and beautiful heiress of Belmont. The second part deals...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 2277  Words | 7  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

    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 viewed by society that can change their characteristics, therefore changing how they would give their mercy. The close friendship between Antonio and Bassanio is viewed the opposite of how all Christians...

    Antonio, Love, Portia 1011  Words | 3  Pages

  • Merchant of Venice Essay

    English essay In Shakespeare’s play the merchant of Venice the audience learns about love in many forms. Through the characters, of Portia and Bassanio, Shylock and his love for money over his daughter and Antonio and Bassanio. The audience learns through Portia that true love always triumphs. From shylock we learn that money isn’t everything it seems to be and that you should treasure your family more than money. Through the friendship of Antonio and Bassanio we learn about the love of one friend...

    Antonio, Friendship, Interpersonal relationship 980  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

    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

     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

  • The Merchant of Venice - Trial Scene

    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 of the main...

    Antonio, Justice, Law 1362  Words | 4  Pages

  • Justice and Mercy in the Merchant of Venice

    Wheadon 1 English 3205 Dr. Lois Sherlow Matthew Wheadon Oct. 23, 2012 Justice and Mercy in The Merchant of Venice In the court room scene of The Merchant of Venice, justice is handed back and forth between the Christians and Shylock, unlike mercy. Shylock is unable to feel any remorse for Antonio and the Christians because of the hate he has for them. Stubbornness and hatred can cause misfortune; the morally superior have a right to justice. As the trial scene begins, the Duke speaks...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 1631  Words | 5  Pages

  • Character Study of Shylock and Portia in Merchant of Venice

    Character Study of Shylock and our feelings for him as the play progresses 1) He is seen as a mercenary money-lender approached by Bassanio for the loan of 3000 ducats with Antonio as the guarantor. The money is to finance Bassanio on his trip to Belmont to woo Portia whom he is in love with. He keeps debating on whether he should lend the money. Even when Antonio is a “good” man meaning he is financially sound, yet his money is invested in goods which are in ships overseas. Therefore, his ventures...

    Antonio, Portia, Shylock 1837  Words | 5  Pages

  • Merchant of venice; Shylock character Study

    previously limited to that of the stage Jew. While most adopted this general theme using it to mock Jews in the hopes of a cheap laugh, one play has stood the test of time. This is of course none other then the Shakespearean masterpiece The Merchant of Venice. During the Elizabethan period, the concept of a Jew was based on rumour and the occasional public performance, for example Christopher Marlow’s infamous play “The Jew of Malta” in which a greedy stage Jew tries to poison, murder and generally...

    Antisemitism, Elizabeth I of England, Elizabethan era 1288  Words | 2  Pages

  • The Merchant of Venice as a Romantic Comedy - Critical Analysis

    aware of the classical tradition by the chose to follow the Roman tradition of Petrarch and Boccacio. <br> <br>Shakespeare's early comedies were classical in spirit but the later ones were more emotional, fanciful and humorous. ‘The Merchant of Venice' falls between there two categories. It leads the list of mature comedies; has more Romantic characteristics than classical. It is also one of the earliest productions of the middle period. In this play Shakespeare seems to have obtained the highest...

    Antonio, Comedy, Love 1704  Words | 5  Pages

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