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the merchant of venice

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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 is a big difference between the Christian charaters and Shylock, the main difference being Shylock seems to be more interested in his money and business rather than human relationships, which the Christian charaters seem to b e more interested in. However, in one part of the play Shylock seems to be hurt at the fact his daughter has sold a ring, which his deceases wife gave him, for a monkey.

(Act 3 Scene 1 )
" It was my turquoise, I had it off
Leah when i was a bachelor. I
Would not have given it for a
Wilderness of monkeys. "

This shows a side to Shylock that we have never seen. It shows the love he had and still has for his deceased wife Leah. Shylock shows how hurt and betrayed he feels that his daughter has sold his ring by saying that he wouldn't had given it away for a " wilderness of monkeys ". Another theme in the play that Shylock brings out is predjudice. He judges people before he gives them a chance to show what they are really like. He has different veiws on different characters depanding on who they are.

( Act 1 Scene 3 )
"I hat him for he is a Christian"

This shows how he feels against antonio , a Christian whom he has never met and it shows how prejudice he can be. In one part of the play Shylock shows a side to him we have never seen before. Instead if seeing him as the man who is greedy and self-centred, we see a man who has been ridiculed and ill treated.

( Act 1 Scene 3 )
"Many a thime and oft in the ralto
You have rated me about my moneys
And my usanes still i have borne it
With a patient shrug, for sufferance
Is the badge of all our tribe. You
Call me a misbeliever cut-throught
Dog and spit on mu Jewish Gabardine. "

THe quote shows that shylock feels almost hurt at the fact the Christian characters are looking donw on him and hir religion although he was doing the exact same to Bassanio.

In conclusion we see how the playwright uses charaterisation to reveal the themes of the play. I think Shaspeare shows this very well and the play was very exciting and enjoyable to read. he Tragic Merchant of Venice

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 against for Antonio, only to say the least for, greed... Antonio is

being a set victim for revenge because of his deception against Shylock, and

also for prior intent to do.

If The Merchant of Venice was to be looked at as more comic, the

scenarios wouldn't be taken as seriously as they should be. Infact I believe

that The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare was officially

intended to be so in both comic and tragic. In depth looking and observing The

Merchant of Venice I have seen a small equivalency in the amount of comicness

and tragedy in the play.

I have come up with the conclusion that William Shakespeare was a great

playwright and must have been an absolute genius to compose the great and

wonderful things that he did. The Merchant of Venice is excellent in it's way

of describing the characters. The emotion is spread out thoroughly like warm

butter on hot toast. The tragedy in The Merchant of Venice is believable and

almost true in a sense of my opinion in relating to greed, human desire, and

most important let not forget, anguish.

Throughout The Merchant of Venice there are many strong feelings

displayed through powerful lines of contemporary nature, to be truthful.

William Shakespeare most likely wrote this play The Merchant of Venice to

display how human greed could be so consuming to the soul of a person, which he

did very well if I may say so.

The spunk and enthusiasm of this play makes it engrossing to the reader

or viewer and also keeps the audience engaged in what is going to happen next.

The comicness is also brought out by each character by the necessary parameters

to do so for the viewer or reader. The Merchant of Venice also states that

supply and demand can vary depending on personal opinion and outlook from a

single personal view on the subject. Deriving a picture from this play is

extremely easy due the descriptive and emotional content of it.

Greed in The Merchant of Venice is the most popular and looked upon

subject in the whole entire play from where we are up to now in the class. In

my opinion greed in a bad thing almost all of the time. There are always

exceptions to everything. The reason why greed is so bad is because it turns

you into a bad person, usually. If you live in a void of greed there is

probably no hope you possibly wanting something just for the appreciation of it

or something else.

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