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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Portia; Heroin of Venice - 1437 Words
    Portia is a strong heroine in a play filled with, confused, selfish, niave men. It may seem that she is a controlling female who uses her power to get her way in the world, but she is given a bad rap. Sure she's a bit controlling but how can we blame her, that's how she was brought up, it's part of her upbringing. It's easy to accuse her of prying into her newly husbands life or taking control over something that wasn't any of her concern, but it's possible that like many other heroes and...
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  • The Merchant of Venice and Portia - 839 Words
    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...
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  • Merchant of Venice Portia Analysis
    The quality of mercy is not strain'd. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. Personalities:Wise, loyalty to her dead father, thoughtful, she has a jolly nature (joke with the ring, comment towards some of the people came for her),she has a care bear stare (give chance to everyone, even to shylock) she has a jolly nature (joke with the ring, comment towards some of the people came for her)...
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  • Portia(Merchant of Venice) - 441 Words
    Portia is the heroine of he play. She is a beautiful and rich lady who is living on the will of her dead father, the person who wanted to marry her have to try his luck to choose one of the three caskets and in one casket is a portrait of Portia and if the suitors fail he cannot marry a woman in his life. She is very famous and people from all over the world come to propose her and try their luck. She says to Nerissa her friend : O me, the word 'choose!' I may neither choose whom I would nor...
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  • Portia (Merchant of Venice) Feature Article
    Court Room Scandal Belmont Lady gets down and Dirty in Venice Portia, Lady from Belmont, always seemed like a sweet girl, always behaved the way her father wanted her too. Obviously her father’s death has caused some changes as recently Portia has taken some extreme risks to save her love Bassanio. Bassanio is Portia’s most recent suitor who successfully picked the lead casket and now him and Portia have wed. Soon after they had found their love for each other Bassanio soon left for court...
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  • The Merchant of Venice: Shylock vs. Portia
    Shylock vs. Portia In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, a Christian merchant, Antonio, is forced to take a loan from a bitter Jew, Shylock, and when it is not repaid, Shylock has the right to take one pound of his flesh, but instead winds up being publicly disgraced by Portia, a wealthy heiress from Belmont. On the surface, in this seemingly anti-Semitic play, the merciless Jew deserved to be harshly punished, making Portia the honest and Christian heroine, saving the merchant’s life and...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • Does Shylock deserve his punishment?
    “There is no doubt that Shylock is a cunning and vengeful man, but nothing can justify the treatment he receives at the hands of the Christians.” How far do you agree with this statement? Does Shylock deserve his punishment? Shylock is punished by the Venetian court for seeking to end Antonio’s life. He is charged under a Venetian law (of Shakespeare’s creation) and he is forced to give up his wealth and to beg the Duke to spare him his life. Viewed like this it seems simple enough; Shylock...
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  • Shylock Argumentative Essay - 803 Words
    Kimberly Nguyen Indelicato English 1 Honors 8 December 2014 Is Shylock a Villain or Victim? Shylock is a Victim All villains were once victims. A villain is someone who intentionally hurts someone physically, mentally, and/or emotionally for their own satisfaction and pleasure. A victim is someone who is hurt physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. The Merchant of Venice, a play written by William Shakespeare, is about a man who is pushed to the breaking point and turns ...
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  • Merchant of Venice - Shylock - 844 Words
    The Merchant of Venice - of Shylock Shylock was mistreated by Christians in particularly Antonio before they entered into their bond. It is understandable that this would be, because Jews were mistreated by the Christians and that's just the way it was during those times. The Jews were segregated and forced to live in a ghetto and were abused by the Christians. It is know wonder that when Shylock was presented with an opportunity to reciprocate, he would. However, Shylock also did his...
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  • The Merchant of Venice the Three Caskets Essay
    The Three Caskets Three caskets; one of gold, one of silver, and one of lead. Three caskets are set before many suitors who all would like to take Portia of Belmont’s hand in marriage. But Portia’s father’s will states that each suitor who wishes to take Portia’s hand in marriage, must choose one of the three caskets and the one who chooses the correct casket may have the fair Portia’s hand in holy matrimony. This trial, designed by Portia’s late father, allows him to screen through his...
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  • The Merchant of Venice Essay - 650 Words
    The Merchant of Venice Essay Throughout The Merchant of Venice, there are a variety of ways in which the characters view wealth. Their views on wealth shape the play. Different characters view wealth in extremely different ways. Shylock’s life is centered around wealth, Bassanio views wealth as extreme power, while Antonio balances wealth and love greatly. Shylock’s view on wealth is rather extreme. He values only money, and not family. After Jessica runs away Shylock states, “I would my...
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  • Merchant of venice money versus love
    Money versus Love/Human Relationships Which is more important to you in life, money or love? Both are important and necessary parts of life, but which one brings more of the other? In the The Merchant Of Venice it seems that money is the more important thing in several places within the play, money is mentioned before a person as well as love itself. This is a consistent pattern throughout the play with the majority of the characters but this is highlighted within the lines of Shylock The...
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  • The Real Hero in the Merchant of Venice
    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a hero as a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent, one who is endowed with great strength or ability, an illustrious warrior, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities, one who shows great courage. I do not believe this definition is completely correct however because I think a hero can also be defined as someone who, in the face of adversity, does what is right. Defining what is the “right” thing to do can be very difficult...
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  • merchant of venice essay - 623 Words
    Is shylock portrayed as the villain or the victim in the play? The play ‘Merchant of Venice’ is about a man called Bassanio who needs another loan of his good friend Antonio. He guarantees a loan of the Jew, Shylock. Shylock is both the villain and the victim in this play. He is the villain when he sees the opportunity to take revenge on Antonio for the way he has treated him and makes a bond to take a pound of his flesh. His anger is fuelled even more when his daughter runs away and steals his...
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  • merchant of venice - 815 Words
    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...
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  • The Merchant of Venice-Comparisons and Differences
    Shakespeare has written very many different pieces but The merchant of Venice is by far the best I have ever read. There are very many differences in the novel but also many similarities in characters, plots and in themes. The characters I will compare are Antonio and shylock. The plots I will compare are the bond plot and the lottery plot then I will compare the business and law theme versus the emotional relationship theme. First, Antonio and shylock are very different people and have...
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  • An analysis of Portia's speech with regards to the essential differences between mercy and justice in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
    Mercy is compassionate treatment, while justice is the administration of law. Justice may not necessary include mercy. Mercy is natural. Portia says that the "quality of mercy is not strained", it is not a forced effort but something that one already possesses. Mercy cannot be forced by anyone; it is something that one must come up within himself. Like how "gentle rain" cannot be created artificially, it is sincere. Mercy also benefits the merciful. Portia says that "earth power doth then show...
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  • Merchant of Venice - Karma - 682 Words
    Karma is the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished according to that person’s deed. I believe we all have karma in ourselves. That our unconscious leads us to do good, but that sometimes we choose not to listen and do wrong. I think that in world full of hate, malice, jealousy and unfairness, it is reassuring to believe in some kind of an outer force who can just be fair. A force that can reward you or put you back in place for what you’ve done. But sometimes...
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  • The Love of Money is the Root of all Evil
    THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OFF ALL EVIL. St. Paul in the Book of Timothy states that money is the root off all evil. The main reason he gives for this is the fact that in the search for wealth many people lose their faith and their morals to. However Paul’s belief has been considered by many as a false one as other people believe that it is not money that is the root of evil but rather the love of money. Many a times in real life and in the movies we so love to watch, money has been the...
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  • Merchant of Venice theme paper
    Brian Talley British Literature Theme paper for Merchant of Venice October 29, 2014 A theme is an underlying idea the author hopes to communicate in his/her story. Sometimes a theme is also another way an author can leave a message for his or her readers to think about. In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare added themes of prejudice, love versus greed, and mercy versus revenge and justice. Prejudice was one of the key themes in this story. The Merchant of Venice shows the religious...
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  • Summary of MOV ACT 3-Scene 1
    Act- III Scene- 2 Summary of Act III scene 2: Act III Scene 2 Analysis In Belmont, Portia begs Bassanio to delay before making his choice among the caskets. If he chooses incorrectly, she will lose the pleasure of his company. Though she refuses to break the terms of her father’s riddle of the caskets, she confesses that if it were up to her she would give herself to him entirely. Bassanio, though, is tortured by the uncertainty of waiting, and convinces her to let him try the riddle....
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  • The life of shakespeare - 1980 Words
    Comedy is a potential site for social disruption and a medium for a message of dissent. Discuss whether this is true of ‘The Merchant of Venice’. ‘Comedy’ can be interpreted in many ways. One interpretation could be simply described as a dramatic performance which pits two societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. To define comedy as a basis for societal disruption is to consider the way in which comedy could lead to disorder. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ looks at such ideas, the...
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  • Messages in Shakespeare's Works - 3072 Words
    Messages in Shakespeare’s Works Many of Shakespeare’s plays give one of the main characters a soliloquy or a speech in which they deal with the play’s key issues. There are three particular speeches that have been spoken about for many centuries because of their underlying messages- Katharina’s final speech in The Taming of the Shrew, Portia’s speech in The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet’s soliloquy in Hamlet. In The Taming of the Shrew, Katharina gives the final speech of the play. She...
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  • Macbeth: How Money Killed
    Macbeth: How Money Killed Jerry Engstrom Many of our friends at Wall Street have serious heart problems; some of them even die years before they should because of the stress that is brought on by the money and greed of Wall Street. Money is also evident as a health risk in Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, both written by William Shakespeare. On Wall Street people are driven by the greed of the people they represent, their own greed, and a general atmosphere of greed. In Macbeth,...
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  • Summary of Act 3 of Merchant of Venice
    ACT III RECAP SCENE 1- Act 3 begins on a street in Venice with Salanio and Salarino. Salanio and Salarino are concerned by news that Antonio has lost a ship. Shylock comes on the scene and Salanio and Salarino ask of news among the merchants. Shylock can only talk of his daughter's betrayal. They express the opinion that she is very different from her father and it was time for Jessica to leave. They then question Shylock directly about the news of Antonio's ship. Shylock states that he will...
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  • SHYLOC AS A A - 1521 Words
    Shylock as a sympathetic character[edit] Shylock and Portia (1835) by Thomas Sully. Many modern readers and theatregoers have read the play as a plea for tolerance, noting that Shylock is a sympathetic character. They cite as evidence that Shylock's 'trial' at the end of the play is a mockery of justice, with Portia acting as a judge when she has no right to do so. The characters who berated Shylock for dishonesty resort to trickery in order to win. In addition, Shakespeare gives Shylock...
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  • Was Shylock A Victim Or A Villain
    The late sixteenth century play "˜The Merchant of Venice', one of Shakespeare's more popular comedies, is one that is portraying various peoples lives throughout Venice and Belmont. During the course of the play there is a concentration of thoughts and emotions towards the character Shylock, a Jewish usurer, this is the very character that we shall be concentrating the question in the title on. In most scenes the character Shylock has to deal with a lot of racial discrimination, which has at...
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  • The Merchant of Venice and Shylock Offering
    Many different people can be good or bad or might seem good but actually bad or the other way around. In The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, shylock, the money lending Jew, is seen more like a villain then a victim. Shylock is a villain because he cares more about his money then he cares about his daughter, he is not merciful towards shylock and hewants a pound of flesh from Antonio for hi revenge. First of all shylock is a villain because he cares more about his ducats then his...
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  • The Merchant of Venice: Money & Love
    The main theme in The Merchant of Venice is the way money and love is viewed by each character. The Christian characters in the play value human relationships over business ones, whereas Shylock is only interested in the money. Antonio lends money without interest and puts himself at risk for the people he loves. Shylock destructs over the loss of his money and runs through the streets saying, O, my ducats! O, my daughter!Skylock apparently values his money more than he values his daughter,...
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  • Justice versus Mercy (The Merchant of Venice)
    This is a very difficult question, because both of these things play an important role in our world. Imagine a world without justice. People would get away with anything, with no consequences to fear, and with nothing that their victims can do about it. There would be no such thing as fairness, with people treated differently for no good reason. Now imagine a world without mercy. Here people who have done bad things, but truly and sincerely regret them, and are willing to put all their effort...
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  • Of mice and men - 993 Words
    Lila Begovic Mrs. Williams ENG1DB December 1, 2011 Bassanio: The Distasteful Husband Love is a complex topic that grows and matures from the trust, loyalty, and respect a couple share for one another. In order for two individuals to successfully remain in a loving relationship, they must be worthy of each other. The worthiness of an individual is expressed as an important theme in one of Shakespeare's famous plays, The Merchant of Venice. Bassanio is presented as a character who is...
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  • The Themes of the Merchant of Venice - 1110 Words
    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....
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  • Shylock, a Victim of Himself in "The Merchant of Venice"
    In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock proves, ultimately, to be a victim of himself. Shylock brings about his own demise through his own deeds and misdeeds. Shylock begins to cause his own misfortune when Antonio approaches him for a loan to aid Bassanio in courting Portia. At first, Shylock is wary to lend Antonio the money. "I am debating of my present store...I cannot instantly raise up the gross of full three thousand ducats...Tubal...will furnish me...
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  • Is Shylocks Revenge Justified?
    Is Shylock’s Revenge Justified? Shylock is a major character in the play, most people consider him a villain. He is a wealthy, moneylending Jew who practices usury. He’s revenge is justified for many reasons, these reasons include him being abused for being a Jew and a moneylender at the same time. Another reason is that Antonio prevents him from doing business as he loans money interest free. Shylock was a victim of an unjust trial which leaves Shylock’s will to live demolished as he is...
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  • The Merchant Of Venice Act 3 Scene 1 3 Answers
    Act 3 Scene 1 1. The devastating news in the beginning of scene one was the news of Antonio’s wrecked ship. 2. Shylock’s memories of Antonio’s unfriendliness towards him prompts his famous “Hath not a jew eyes” speech. 3. Shakespeare is likely trying to tell the audience that everyone is equal. He is also trying to bring sympathy to Shylock 4. Shakespeare tempers away any sympathy that the audience may have for Shylock after ...
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  • Trial Scene Merchant Of Venice
    Trial Scene Merchant of Venice At the court of law in Venice, the Duke, Antonio, Bassanio, Salerio, Graziano, and various notable personages are gathered for Antonio's trial. The Duke begins the trial by showing how impartial he is: he immediately says he's sorry for Antonio and that Shylock is an "inhuman wretch, uncapable [sic] of pity, void and empty from any dram of mercy." Wow, so much for a fair trial. Antonio shrugs this off as no big deal – he knows everyone has done what they can, and...
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  • Fgggggg - 507 Words
    Analysis of The Merchant of Venice Short plot summary. The film is about the jewish businessman Shylock who lived during the 1500’s. The wealthy prince Antonio wants to borrow money with reason to help his friend Bassanio. Antonio invested all his money on merchant ship’s. But, Antonio’s plan failed – the merchant ship’s were wrecked and now he didn’t have the money to re-pay Shylock. When Shylock didn’t receive his money, he and Antonio both agreed that Shylock would receive a pound of flesh...
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  • solar system - 460 Words
    A young Venetian, Bassanio, needs a loan of three thousand ducats so that he can woo Portia, a wealthy Venetian heiress. He approaches his friend Antonio, a merchant. Antonio is short of money because all his wealth is invested in his fleet, which is currently at sea. He goes to a Jewish money lender, Shylock, who hates Antonio because of Antonio’s anti-semitic behaviour towards him. Shylock nevertheless agrees to make the short-term loan, but, in a moment of dark humour, he makes a condition...
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  • Merchant Of Venice and Doctor Faustus explorative essay
    Upon visiting London in 1592, the Duke of Wurttemberg observed, “most of the inhabitants are employed in buying and selling merchandise, and trading in every corner of the world.” Explore and compare the dramatists use of trade in 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...
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  • The Merchant of Venice - Money Cannot Represent Everything
    In Elizabethian times – money meant power, and a person’s status in the society. Money was one of the most important factors that society could not live without. However, there are things which money itself cannot buy or represent, such as the true value of a person, friendship, and revenge. In the play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare, we explore the important idea that money cannot represent everything, through the bond between Shylock and Antonio, Bassanio’s choice of caskets,...
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  • Character Sketch of Bassanio - 402 Words
    Bassanio's character is more fully drawn than Antonio's, but it does not possess the powerful individuality that Shakespeare gives to his portraits of Portia and Shylock. First off, when one begins considering Bassanio, one should dismiss all the critics who condemn him for his financial habits. Bassanio's request to Antonio for more money is perfectly natural for him. He is young; he is in love; and he is, by nature, impulsive and romantic. Young men in love have often gone into debt; thus...
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  • Summary - 720 Words
     Book Report Merchant of Venice Characters: Shylock Lorenzo Portia Nerrisa Antonio Graziano Jessica Bassanio Despite being written in the late sixteenth century, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a timeless piece and provides great themes to be analyzed for purposes of a book report. The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's less popular comedies, having been plagued in recent times with complaints of anti-Semitic themes. The summary of this really...
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  • The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare
    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Key Quotations Act One Scene One 1) Antonio- In sooth, I know not why I am so sad. 2) Salerio- Your mind is tossing on the ocean 3) Antonio- I hold the world but as the world, Grationo; a stage where every man must play his part and mine a sad one. 4) Bassanio- Grationo speaks an infinite deal of nothing. 5) Antonio- My purse, my person, my extremist means, lie all unlocked to your occasions. Scene Two 1) Portia- The brain may devise...
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  • Merchant of Venice - 961 Words
    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...
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  • Is Shylock A Victim Or A Villain Practi
     ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare is a play in which one of the main characters is portrayed as both a villain and a victim. The audience’s interpretation of Shylock oscillates throughout the play. We must also recognize that Shylock has most likely become a villain as a result of being unfairly victimized for having Jewish heritage. During the sixteenth century, when the play was written, mistreatment towards Jews was common; especially in Venice as it was an anti-sematic city....
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  • Critical Essay: 'the Merchant of Venice' by Shakespeare - Shylock Character Study
    Critical Essay: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ - Shylock Character Study Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ starts off in Venice with Shylock as a simple money lender. His intentions seem reasonable to begin with, he sounds a nice man then he does a soliloquy saying how much hatred he has for Antonio, the Christian who treated him disrespectfully. Shylock conflicts his emotions again and speaks to Antonio in a joking manner which in his mind turns out to be the truth. In the...
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  • Conflicts in "Merchant of Venice" - 1116 Words
    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...
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  • Merchant of Venice: Injustice and Revenge
    A Serving of Injustice with a Side of Revenge: The Merchant of Venice During the Venetian era in which The Merchant of Venice takes place, the law is heavily depended on among society. Within the law, it is asserted that justice must be shown impartially to both parties and that the outcome will be a just balance for the good of society. Within this play lies a court case between two parties, Antonio and Shylock, where justice must be served to abide by the laws and to the contracted...
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  • Antonio and Bassanio - 1173 Words
    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...
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  • 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...
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  • Merchant of Venice - 747 Words
    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,...
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  • Shakespeare: Portia’s Kindness Out Shines
    Valerie Espinoza Shakespeare, Period 5 Ms. Paniagua 10 October 2012 Portia’s Kindness Out Shines Portia is a rich and beautiful woman who has to host a “game” for suitors to win her hand in marriage. There are currently six suitors in her house and Portia tells her servant Nerissa to choose one and she will say what she does not like about them. Once that was done; Nerissa walked down to the suitors and mentioned that it was be great if they left, so they did. The next person to come to...
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  • Merchant of Venice Scene I Act I Plot Development
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