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The Merchant of Venice by Williams Shakespeare

- The real villain in The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is not a person, however an entire religion. In the city of Venice, Christianity was the dominant, main religion. Despite being a Christian, the people were corrupt, greedy, and selfish, where the needs of themselves were much more important than the needs of another human being, such as the Jews. Prejudice against Jews existed greatly in the society of Venice, however it existed way before the time period also. The Merchant of Venice was written within a time period (Around 1597) and culture in which prejudice against the Jews were common and pervasive....   [tags: christianity, villain, blood of jesus]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Fueling the Fire of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice Jewish people in the Merchant of Venice, a play by William Shakespeare, are characterized by villainy and greed. Later, the Jews are considered saved, when they are brought to justice by forced conversion to Christianity. While some people may think that The Merchant of Venice is a play written to bring sympathy from the audience for the unbelieving Jewish villain, this play is really a work of anti-Semitism because of obvious promotion of hated toward Jewish people, their apparent lack of rights, and sheer lack of respect from anyone else....   [tags: Judaism, Antisemitism, Jews]

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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

- A talented poet and playwright writer, William Shakespeare came during the golden age of England. His writings are the greatest in the English language. No one really know Shakespeare real birthday. The closet date the scholars can come up is on his baptism on April 24th, 1564. It has been over 400 years since his death; Shakespeare’s writing is not just limited to English scholars, but also appears on modern historical events and newspaper as well. Playwright and poetry are an art that appeals to the conscious mind, but the best classical playwright such as Othello not only appeals to conscious mind, but also to the subconscious mind....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Moor Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- ... When hearing it through someone else 's mouth and not hearing from your loved one, it really makes you suspect your partner and start second guessing them. In Othello, that is what exactly what happened. Earlier on in the story, Iago emits that he heard rumors of Othello having an affair with his wife, Emily. For instance, in the poem, Lago says “twixt my sheets 'Has done my office. I know not if 't be true….” (1.3 390 ) .When Lago heard these rumors and how Othello wouldn’t take him as a Lieutenant....   [tags: Othello, Iago, Michael Cassio, Thing]

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The Three Plots of The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is a simple story line with three distinct plot lines incorporated into each other intricately. These three plot lines are the bond plot, the casket plot, and the ring plot, each equally vital to the meaning and conclusion of the play. In this essay, I will discuss the roles of the characters in the plot, the symbols, images, and rhetorical figures central to each plot, and finally how the events of the three plots are intertwined. The first sign that the three plot lines are intertwined is that the characters involved in each plot overlap....   [tags: Shakespeare play analysis]

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Shakespeare's Othello, The Moor of Venice

- Othello is a famous literal work of Shakespeare. In most of his literal writings he addresses the ideas and concepts of human behavior, varying from love, to hate, to revenge and many other aspects. In Othello, he presents yet another masterpiece which talks about the tragedy of noble hero who is brought down and destroyed by a human flaw which is jealousy. Othello is a domestic tragedy and encompasses various timeless themes that include; love, revenge, hate, jealousy and trust (Feather, p. 244)....   [tags: literary analysis]

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The Black Death Of Northern And Southern Europe

- ... Whether or not this hypothesis is accurate, it is clear that several existing conditions such as war, famine, and weather contributed to the severity of the Black Death. European outbreak There appear to have been several introductions into Europe. The plague reached Sicily in October 1347, carried by twelve Genoese galleys, and rapidly spread all over the island. Galleys from Kaffa reached Genoa and Venice in January 1348, but it was the outbreak in Pisa a few weeks later that was the entry point to northern Italy....   [tags: Black Death, Bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis]

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Merchant of Venice Essay

- ... With that, Bassanio has a chance to save his friend’s life, and pay back the Jew. At the time of the trial Antonio feels ready to except his fate, to give in to the villain. Antonio says his last words to Bassanio, but when Shylock starts to prepare to cut into Antonio the judge (who is really Portia in disguise) presents a reason why Shylock may not take Antonio’s flesh. Portia states, “Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate / Unto the state of Venice” (3.1.309-310). Shylock is denied of the money which was offered at the beginning because he refused it at the beginning of the trial....   [tags: Shakespeare play analysis]

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A Painter Of The Late Baroque School Of Venice

- A painter of the late Baroque School of Venice, Sebastiano Ricci was born in Belluno, Italy in 1659. In 1673, at the age of fourteen, he moved to Venice and began learning from the artist Frederico Cervelli, a Milanese painter, who helped him in establishing a solid foundation for his career as an artist. In 1681, he departed for Bologna in 1681 to study art extensively for fifteen years, where he learned to decorate, color, and integrate light effects in his works. In his return to Venice, Ricci mastered the art of color, light, outfits, and textures, having been heavily influenced by the artist Giovanni Gioseffo dal Sole....   [tags: Color, Primary color, Diagonal, Baroque]

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Trading: The Mechant of Venice and Dr Faustus

- Both Shakespeare in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and Marlowe in ‘Dr Faustus’ use the numerous outcomes from the events of trade in their plays to metaphorically depict a variety of different circumstances. The very concept of trade is used in all its forms to stretch the controversial and political themes and morals of each play as far out as possible. From this, we learn that trade isn't just a physical form of business, but a symbolic form of both human and spiritual communication, too. The plays are set and executed around the time and traditions of the 16th – 17th century; a period of global and national reform and change....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, trade]

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Othello, The Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The play “Othello, The Moor of Venice ” by William Shakespeare, tells the story of the tragic downfall of Othello. In this play, love, loyalty, and honesty are the most important emotions that keep the world prospering, and when those are questioned or lost, chaos takes over. Othello has been tricked to believe the worst about his wife, Desdemona. Then Othello becomes corrupted by jealousy, and he takes that emotion to the extreme. The truth is revealed too late, and because of Othello’s actions the only way he can restore his honor is by his own death....   [tags: othello, shakespeare, jelousy]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Shakespeare was a master of creating characters whose morality remained ambiguous throughout their plays; Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, for example, is an extremely unlikeable character, although his motivations are clear, making him more sympathetic. However, Shakespeare also understood how to write characters who could be nothing but likable: Antonio, in Twelfth Night, and Kent, from King Lear, are two of the most admirable characters in Shakespeare’s many plays. Both are paragons of virtue: valuing honesty, loyalty, and devotion to their masters at all costs....   [tags: King Lear, William Shakespeare, John Gielgud]

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William Shakespeare 's Time On The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Overall, this book looks at what was going on during the time of Shakespeare and how it affected his personal life and his works. Halio, Jay L. "Shylock: Shakespeare 's Bad Jew." Re-Visions of Shakespeare: Essays in Honor of Robert Ornstein 97 (2006): 57-65. Literature Resource Center. Web. 7 Dec. 2015. Halio in this article clearly states that Shylock was not a representation of the Jewish religion, but was a representation of a Jewish man who was not following the precepts of the Jews. He makes the point that Shakespeare probably did not have access to any fully practicing Jews, so he used his knowledge from the Bible and the converted Jews he knew to conceive of Shylock....   [tags: Judaism, Antisemitism, Jews, Israel]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice “The Merchant of Venice” is a Shakespeare play about Bassanio, an ambitious young man of Venice, asking his friend Antonio, a merchant of Venice, for a loan in order to enable him to woo Portia, a rich heiress in style. Antonio approach Shylock, a Jewish money-lender, who agrees to the loan only if Antonio undertakes to give him a pound of his flesh if he is unable to repay the money. Each character plays an important role in bringing out the various themes of the play....   [tags: Papers]

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Women in "The Merchant of Venice"

- Characters of Women in "The Merchant of Venice" In his relatively short play, "The Merchant of Venice", Shakespear introduces very new and bright ideas such as women's rights and their equality with men which were totally unacceptable for the people of the Elizabethan time. In that male dominated world women were considered no better than cattle or land and to talk directly about their rights and needs was useless and even impossible. However, Shakespeare's talent and wit exceeded that impossibility and enlightened people's minds toward accepting the new ideas they were to face in the future....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Rings of Power: Symbolic Exchange in the Merchant of Venice

- ... In giving Bassanio her ring, Portia assumes the traditionally masculine role, both in giving the ring and in giving herself, a role usually belonging to the father of the bride: …But now, I was the lord Of this fair mansion, master of my servants, Queen o'er myself;… (3.2.167-9) By referring to herself as the 'lord' and 'master' of the house rather than the 'lady' and 'mistress', Portia makes it clear that she has been in charge of and running the estate since her father's death, rather than the more traditional female role of managing only the household....   [tags: Shakespeare plays, literary analysis]

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William Shakespeare 's Othello The Moor Of Venice

- ... Another quality Othello possessed was that he was a very loving husband to Desdemona. He treated her as an equal, even though women were usually treated as though they were inferior to men. Othello also let Desdemona voice her opinions and was always trying to put her needs in front of his own. Othello knew he needed to be totally involved in his work in Cyprus, however he did not want to leave Desdemona alone in Venice right after their wedding. Othello decided to have Desdemona accompany him to Cyprus and promised he would not be distracted by her while they were there, “...and Heaven defend your good souls that you think I will your serious and great business scant when she is with m...   [tags: Othello, Iago, Love, Michael Cassio]

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Black Death

- One could only imagine the fear the people in Europe experienced after learning of so many deaths across the land. Hearing of an illness heading towards you, a plague so severe, that it would end up causing a third of the population in Europe to parish. Originating in China in 1347 making its way to Europe in 1348, The Black Death is one of the worlds’ deadliest occurrences in history. The researcher will cover how the illness made its way to Europe, how the Church was effected, and what the doctors thought to be the blame for the illness and their frugal attempts for a cure....   [tags: Disease ]

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice This essay is an analysis of how the character of Shylock, in the play 'The Merchant of Venice', is presented to the audience, by Shakespeare, in different ways. The riveting play shows the best and worst aspects of human nature and contains one of Shakespeare's most reviled, complex and compelling characters. Love and romance end this play, yet before that come bigotry, racism, hatred, death threats and money-especially the money....   [tags: William Shakespeare Papers]

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Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim?

- In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “A Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: A Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare]

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Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim?

- In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “The Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare]

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The Wrath of the Mistreated

- Shylock, a character in the play The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare is a character of many emotions. Throughout the whole story Shylock is bitter towards all of the other characters. However, this spite and hatred is not undeserving, the other characters ridicule him without a good motive. Shylock puts himself in a position where he is able to be the antagonist and the protagonist of the situation throughout the whole story. By putting himself in this position he causes the other characters, specifically Antonio and Bassanio, even more trouble than they had before....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice]

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The Impacts of the Black Death

- The Black Death was a devastating plague that attacked Europe during the fourteenth century. There are three main types of plagues that affect different areas of the body. These three main types of plagues are septicemic plague affecting the blood vessels, pneumonic plague affecting the lungs, and bubonic plague which affects the lymph nodes. The Black Death is a bubonic plague because it affects the lymph nodes just as the other bubonic plagues do. To fully understand the severity of the Black Death, Bubonic and other plagues, the impact on humanity, and the events of the disease will be discussed....   [tags: plague, fleas, population]

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The Death of William Shakespeare

- ... Now to me the more believable of the theories, was that William Shakespeare was a fancy man, and there was two different Annes’, Whateley and Hathaway. This portrays Shakespeare as being torn in two, on one hand he has Whateley, which evidence suggest that he planned to marry her first, then on the other he had the moral obligation to wed Hathaway who was with child, which was in all likelihood his. Neverless William, a minor at the time married Anne Hathaway whom was already several month pregnant....   [tags: world's revered English writers]

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Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Abigail of Marlowe's the Jew of Malta

- Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Abigail of Marlowe's the Jew of Malta Portia and Abigail are two characters with very different values. Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice remained true to her religion, and her father’s wishes throughout the play. Abigail, on the other hand, changed religions and disobeyed her father. However, the writers used these two women to make similar statements about religion. Portia represented the quintessential Christian. Abigail of Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta, was more of an ethically ambiguous character, but it can still be argued that she was the most principled character in the play....   [tags: Compare Contrast Sheakspeare marlowe Essays]

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Essay on Justice vs. Morality in Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice

- Justice vs. Morality in Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice   There are many similarities shared between Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure", and "The Merchant of Venice".  The underlying theme of each work is well defined by the phrase "Justice without the temperance of mercy, is power misused".  I will support this claim by drawing upon some of the characters and situations that are consistent in each story. In each story a man's life depends on the interpretation, and sanctioning of justice.  In the, "Merchant of Venice", Antonio (who I believe represents mercy), had sealed a bond with Shylock offering a pound of his flesh for the loan of three thousand ducats.  Unfortuna...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Music Of The Royal Chapel

- The music in the court of Louis the XIV was comprised of roughly 150 to 200 composers and musicians, all broken up into three different divisions. These divisions were: The music of the Royal Chapel, the Music of the Chamber and the Music of the Great Stable. All three of these divisions played different types of music and used many different types of instruments and each had different things that made them significant. The Music of the Royal Chapel was composed of religious compositions. The most common instruments used in the Royal Chapel were Singers and Organists....   [tags: Opera, Music, Baroque music, Venice]

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Who Is The Blame For Desdemona 's Death?

- Who is really to blame for Desdemona’s death. Although Othello made the fatal design and actually killed Desdemona, Iago‘s manipulation of Othello gives reason to put the blame on Iago. Iago is definitely to blame for the misfortune that occurs in the story. Iago disseats every character in the story. Iago’s main reason for doing so was that he felt mistreated and overlooked when Othello assigned Cassio his right hand man. So the only true character Iago truly despises is Cassio. Iago dislikes Othello, but ultimately would rather be his buddy then his enemy....   [tags: Othello, Iago, KILL, Michael Cassio]

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The Black Death

- The Black Death The Black Death serves as a convenient divider between the central and the late Middle Ages. The changes between the two periods are numerous, they include the introduction of gunpowder, increased importance of cities, economic and demographic crises, political dislocation and realignment, and powerful new currents in culture and religion. Overall, the later Middle Ages are usually characterized as a period of crisis and trouble. The portrait should not be painted unrelievedly bleak, but the tone is accurate enough and echoes voices from the era itself....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Black Death

- A plague is a bacterial infection that can take on more than one form. One of the greatest plagues that have stricken mankind throughout history was the Black Death. The Black Death was the outbreak of the bubonic plague that struck Europe and the Mediterranean area between 1347 and 1351. This plague was the most severe plague that hit the earth because of its origin (the spread), the symptoms, and the effects of the plague. Scientists and historians are still unsure about the origins of the bubonic plague....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Black Death

- Graveyards were full, medicine failed, parents abandoned ill children and in just six months, millions had died. It was the beginning of the Black Death. It was a deadly plague that spread through Europe and Asia from the mid 1330’s -50’s. The cause of death for twenty million people, the survivors thought it was God’s anger at something they had done and, therefore, the end of the world. In Venice, ninety thousand died and in Florence, half the population. There were three types of the plague. The Bubonic plague was the most common, the Pneumonic Plague was less common and the Septicaemic Plague was the most deadly and rarest of them all....   [tags: Plague]

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Comparison Between Merchant of Venice and The Bible

- SHYLOCK: What says that fool of Hagar's offspring, ha. The Biblical Story Genesis 16: 1-16 1 Now Sarai Abram�s wife bare him no children, and she had a maid an Egyptian, Hagar by name. 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from child bearing. I pray thee go in unto my maid: it may be that I shall receive a child by her. And Abram obeyed the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai Abram�s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelled ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram for his wife....   [tags: William Shakespeare Religion Christian]

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Black Death

- The Black Death, also known as the Black Plague, or the Bubonic Plague killed one third of the population of Europe during its reign in the 13th and 14th centuries. The arrival of this plague set the scene for years of strife and heroism. Leaving the social and Economic aspect in a standstill. The phantom of death became a subject of art, music and folklore and it influenced the consciousness of the people. The impact of this mass killer caused enormous chaos and havoc to the medieval society because of its unknown origin, the unknown causes and preventions, its deathly symptoms and its breakdown of orderly life, therefore religion was greatly affected and changed....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Plague

- The Black Death caused a widespread death rate over the eastern and western parts of Europe during the fourteenth century. Not only did the Black Death take a devastating toll on human life, it also played an important role in shaping European life in years to come.      The Black Death came in three forms, the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic. Each form killed people in it’s own vicious way. All forms were caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. The most commonly seen form was the bubonic plague....   [tags: The Black Death]

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Comparing the Perversion of Values in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- Perversion of Values in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman      Throughout History there are many examples of perversions, from sexual, social to the very morals themselves. One of the greatest examples is the continuous corruption of the American Dream. As the Dream evolves, it tends to conform to the illicit dealings of the time and immortals of society. No longer is an individual interested in working hard to achieve goals, it is desirous of the quick fix. Society wants its wishes and wants them now....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Jew of Venice

- The comedy 'The Merchant of Venice' was written by William Shakespeare and it is situated in Venice and Belmont (Italy) in the sixteenth century. It was written in London in 1998. The full name of the …… is The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called Jew of Venice. Venice is a place where there is lots of commerce and where there are lots of business men who loan and ask for interest. The people who live here are not very kind, they are hard hearted and they would rather have lots of money not love....   [tags: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, Comedy]

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The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his most controversial plays for a variety of reasons. Written in sixteenth-century England, where anti-Semitism was common and the presence of Jews was not, the play poses many questions concerning racial, religious and human difference. The play is especially tricky to examine in today’s society, as its anti-Semitic themes and language can be uncomfortable to face in a world post-Holocaust. Additionally, the depiction of the relationship between Jews and Christians, which has always been an ambivalent one, adds a very interesting albeit difficult dimension to this play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice

- The Merchant of Venice is shows the dynamics of love and to what extent humans will go to show love, they will use their wealth and even be prepared to give up their life for the people they love. Both Antonio and Portia love Bassanio differently. Portia perceives Antonio’s phileo in competition with her eros, (both forms of love will be defined later) and throughout the play she is seen trying to defeat Antonio’s phileo and she does this by subjugating Antonio, firstly with her wealth, she offers to pay of his debt to Shylock three times more the amount he had bound himself, then she saves his life and finally teaching Bassanio that she can use her womanly powers to refuse him the consummat...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Othello: Death by Difference

- For a long time we have been obsessed with one most tangible feature of Shakespeare's Othello: the hero's color. This we have done with good reason, for Othello's skin color is explicitly mentioned in the text from the very beginning. The fact that this tragic hero is black (when Shakespeare's other heroes are white) is so intriguing that we seek to make sense of it. Writing in 1811, Charles Lamb insists that Othello is essentially unstageable, for there is “something extremely revolting in the courtship and wedded caresses of Othello and Desdemona” (221), earlier describing Othello as “a coal-black Moor” (221), his italics showing his disgust at the thought....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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Guild Of Venice

- Although Smith saw that guilds have the possibility to lead to political corruption in governments, this was not the case in Venice, as the Venetian government controlled the flow of commissions in the city. "Like virtually every other trade practiced in the city, the arts were protected and controlled by the state" (Brown 41). Since the government held control over the market, they would decide who would receive commissions to suit their own needs. For instance, one of the most frequent guild to receive commissions in Venice was the Bellini family workshop....   [tags: Capitalism, Economics, Guild, Venice]

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The Effects of the Plague

- During the Middle Ages, trade flourished across Europe. Thousands of people would gather at various ports to wait for ships to return from foreign places carrying an assortment of exotic foods and goods. “In October 1347, trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea” (Roos, 41). Greeters and spectators, who were waiting anxiously for exotic goods, discovered something horrid instead. A majority of the sailors on board were deceased and the small remainder who had survived the trip were quickly dying as well....   [tags: black death, bubonic plague, rats]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare printed the Merchant of Venice in 1590, it can be said to be one of his most contentious dramas ever written. The Merchant of Venice is an Elizabethan comedy play. The play was based in Venice, which is located in northern Italy. Venice in these days was known for its “wealth, political wisdom, impartial justice and liberalism (Halio, 2000,p.23). This essay will discuss the following themes Usury, Male Friendship, Marriage (in reference to the role of the woman), Mercy and Justice and Judaism....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Renaissance]

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Dispute Resolution in The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespearean literature has been long commended by scholars for its incorporation of legal discourse into its plot structures that further paves way for interdisciplinary study of law. Practically all of Shakespearean texts are known to have tangential relation and relevance to legal practice but plays like “Merchant of Venice” have scenes that do not only depict a courtroom trial but also shed light on some key aspects and methods of dispute resolution that are arbitration, conciliation, negotiations and mediation....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Discrimination in The Merchant of Venice

- Discrimination is a resounding theme in The Merchant of Venice (Meyers). All of the characters are affected by inequality. This inequity is evidenced clearly in Shylock, the Jewish usurer. He is treated with scorn and derision by all the characters. Shylock’s misfortunes stem not from poor attributes or even a poor background; it stems from the fact he is Jewish, and what is more, he is impenitent of that distinction. If he had been more daunted by Christian influence, he might have been forgiven, as Jessica is subjectively exonerated....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Tragedy in The Merchant of Venice

- According to dictionary.com, a tragedy is a form of art based on human suffering; furthermore, it is a dramatic composition, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. Tragedy elements are that in which a protagonist agonizes disconnection from society and also, he or she makes an error or shows awful decision making. There are typically deaths which arise at the end or near the end of the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Stereotypes and The Merchant of Venice

- Stereotypes are a fixed image of all members of a culture, group, or race usually based on limited and inaccurate information resulted from the minimal contact with this stereotyped groups. stereotypes have many forms; people are stereotyped according to their religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, coulor, or national origins. This kind of intolerance is focused on the easily observable characteristics of groups of people. In general, stereotypes reduce individuals to a rigid and inflexible image that doesn't account for the multi-dimensional nature of human beings....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Drama in Merchant of Venice

- The Merchant of Venice is a romantic and funny play that has a lot of characters. In Shakespear times people found different things funny like insulting foreigners. There is always some form of drama in plays this makes the audience more excited and more into the play.One of the most dramatic plots in the play was when a wealthy heiress named Portia had to find a husband. Portia was a wealthy woman that inherited all her fathers money and her father left three caskets if someone wanted to marry her they would have to pick a casket if they pick the wrong casket they are never allowed to marry again but if they pick the right casket all of Portia wealth goes to her husband....   [tags: Merchant of Venice, shakespeare, ]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Women of the late 16th century were subjected to patriarchal ways and not granted the same rights and privileges as males. Yet, Shakespeare gives women in The Merchant of Venice significant roles in controlling the fates of all of the other characters. Portia and Nerissa cleverly disguise themselves as an esteemed lawyer and clerk, respectively, and interpret the law in such a way that Antonio and Bassanio are saved from Shylock’s bond, while Shylock is forced into a position of utter humiliation....   [tags: Feminism, Gender role, The Merchant of Venice]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- ... For example, “My state was nothing I should then have told you/that I was worse than nothing; for indeed/I have engaged myself to a dear friend,/engaged my friend to his mere enemy/to feed my means”(3.2.266-270). Bassanio shows that he truly cares for Portia and could not leave her side even though he does after Antonio is set free by Balthazar, which is a very sneaky Portia. Bassanio does not know whether to make his best friend, Antonio, who is also in a super weird relationship with Bassanio, and his wife who is very conniving....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury, Portia]

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- ... Shylock also says he 's not hot about the idea of hanging out with Christians. He says he 'll trade with Christians, talk and walk with Christians, but he has to draw a line somewhere, and he 's drawn it at eating, drinking, and praying with them.Antonio then enters the scene. Shylock has a nasty little aside during which he admits that he hates Antonio "for he is a Christian." More than anything else, however, Shylock says he hates Antonio for what he does in the marketplace. Antonio lends out money free of interest, which is unfair competition for the lenders who aren 't willing to do so....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Antonio]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Early modern English writers carefully introduced the growing influence of economic activities on society into their writings through the vehicle of romance. They utilized love stories as a mask to camouflage the underlying control wealth had on these relationships. Subsequently, this also showed how the social relations involved with these relationships were affected by monetary contracts. In The Merchant of Venice, the romantic activities surrounding Portia evidently show how Shakespeare uses love to introduce economic relations into the play....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Usury]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Bassanio says, “Tis not unknown to you, Antonio, How much I have disabled mine estate, By something showing a more swelling port Than my faint means would grant continuance: Nor do I now make moan to be abridged from such a noble rate; but my chief care Is to come fairly off from the great debts where in my time something too prodigal hath left me gaged.” Bassanio says that his great debts in Venice abridge him from a noble rate, and that is prodigal hath has left him gaged. Here, Bassanio mentions his serious debt and that wealth or lack of it is an important role in Venice’s society....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock]

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- ... The transmission of Y. pestis to humans occurs in three different ways: flea bites, direct contact with infected animals or their products, and inhalation of infectious airborne droplets (Figure 1) (Prescott, Harley, & Klein, 1993). The fleas from urban or sylvatic reservoirs (i.e. rodents near humans and wild rodents, respectively) can infect animals or humans through their bites (Prescott, Harley, & Klein, 1993), which can lead to Black Death or septicemic plague (Ecology and Transmission, 2015)....   [tags: Black Death, Yersinia pestis, Bubonic plague]

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- In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice there is a palpable hatred between the Jewish moneylender Shylock and the privileged prodigal Christians Bassanio, Lorenzo, Antonio, Gratiano and Portia. History shows that Jews have long been persecuted and despised for not accepting Christianity, Islam or other religions of the majority as their own. Yet choice of religion is not the cause for the two cultures abhorrence. Their detestation is much more deep-rooted; it stems from their antithetical cultural beliefs....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The Case of Shylocks Appeal Classic literature, modern movies, the standardization of the English language, as well as the beautiful name Jessica are just a few things that result from the influences of William Shakespeare. Regarded as the greatest English writer of all time, the Bard has inspired much from his many playwrights. His success into breaking into our culture may be born from his singular ability to create settings in which his characters show off their complexity and become memorable....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Some misfortunate things happen along the way and Antonio ends up with a knife being whetted for his flesh, Portia however saves the day by impersonating a Doctor sent to review the Law in court; she shows her critical thinking by stating “The quality of mercy is not strained, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath,”(4.1.180-183). She is able to find a loophole to save Antonio’s life; and skillfully cleans up Bassanio’s mess. Portia is a prime example of an upper class woman who defied what society told her she must succumb to, and in doing so provided herself and her love with endless happiness....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare]

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- The plot, characters, and relationships present in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice all revolve around the concept of money; a theme that is strongly linked to the religious dichotomies explored throughout the comedy. At the beginning of the play, Antonio and Bassanio 's money-rooted relationship is introduced. Bassanio asks Antonio to lend him three thousand ducats. Antonio agrees to take out a loan for his friend, even though Bassanio had previously borrowed money and had not yet returned it....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia]

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- Europe, in the Middle Ages, began to arise with new inventions, like the printing press, that helped many people in that time period, to advance in their education and their labor work, but before all that time, there was the rise of a strong and deadly disease that infected and killed millions of people throughout the world. Before the Black Plague, there were other diseases that had spread around Europe before the Middle Ages but it wasn’t as quickly and deadly as the Black Plague. The Black Plague was found to have come from animals, like rats, but it was mostly from the fleas that were on the rats....   [tags: Black Death, Bubonic plague, Middle Ages, Plague]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Why this worked can be answered simply as, “Antonio 's charter of freedom, his right to life, was canceled and torn to pieces by Venice 's commitment to make profit of fellow human beings” (Masugi 206). The state of Venice would rather destroy one of its most respected citizens to save itself. To do this, it must not reject the case of a man whose intention is violence for the sake of money and perceived betrayal. Masugi also goes on to how this corruption was allowed by explaining that neither of these men, for all of their virtues, are entirely good men....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury, Law]

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- Upon an initial examination of William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, a reader is provided with superficial details regarding the moral dilemmas embedded in the text. Further analysis allows a reader to recognize the multi-faceted issues each character faces as an individual in response to his or her surroundings and/or situations. Nevertheless, the subtle yet vital motif of music is ingrained in the play in order to offer a unique approach to understanding the plot and its relationship with the characters....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, Love]

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- 1. In the text, Shakespeare places a scene in Belmont against one in Venice. As mentioned earlier Shakespeare constantly juxtaposes throughout The Merchant of Venice. Juxtaposition is a literary technique that creates comparisons between two dissimilar objects. One reason that Shakespeare constantly juxtaposes is for the reason that Shakespeare’s end goal is to evoke interest and surprise the readers throughout the story with dramatic changes. In the beginning of act one scenes one and two, Antonio and Portia, two different characters are introduced....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Judaism, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- When most people think of justice, it commonly brings forward the words positivity, fairness, law, order, and other familiar words. However, in the Merchant of Venice, this is not the case. Justice is used negatively in a court case that reverses from putting Antonio, the convicted Christian merchant, on trial to Shylock, the Jewish money loaner asking for justice, to be put on trial. In the play, both mercy and justice are rejected because of the obvious influential bias that the character’s actions portray....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Law]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Sure many can think now and assume no one would ever want to really take a pound of flesh from another human being. This plays towards the comedic approach of the play, but is overpowered in the tragic light of the potential outcome of the stipulation taking place. After Bassanio receives the funds to go visit Portia and chooses the correct box. After Bassanio and Portia get married, there is news that Antonio will be on trial for the bond that he had made with Shylock about the owed pound of flesh due to Antonio being unable to pay the owed money back....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Drama]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Bassanio is talking about his love, Portia. One reason that Bassanio uses such descriptive language is to better paint a picture in the mind of his friend Antonio. Because Bassanio adds a comment about Portia’s sunny, beautiful hair, the audience is able to imagine the pretty heiress in all her splendor. Descriptive language complements the mental idea forming in the audience’s head. Without it, Portia’s character would be nebulous and insubstantial as of this point. Jarringly, the racism of the time period pours out of Portia’s mouth in regard to her suitor, the Prince of Morocco....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Mind]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Christine Luo Ichikawa Literary Styles, A° October 13, 2014 The Poison of Pride and Unforgiveness People who seek vengeance are often driven blindly by flaws within their character. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare illustrates this underlying attribute. A casual reading of this play may suggest that Shylock’s act of vengeance was what had led to his downfall, yet a closer reading indicates that it was because of his underlying characterial flaw of hubris and the lack of mercy that had led to his ultimate end....   [tags: Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Judaism, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- ... Shakespeare’s use of cross dressing and disguise in this scene strongly highlights Shakespeare’s aims to breakdown the stereotypical views and bring to light the abilities of women. In Act 4 Scene 1, Portia takes on a masculine disguise. Her masculinity is constructed through her lawyer garments, masculine behavior and voice; “speak between the change of man and boy”. Portia takes full control of the dispute in the courts as a “most reverend doctor”, a “learned judge”. Act 4 Scene 1 is exceptionally a comic and tragic scene with the setting lending a hand to it....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, The Merchant of Venice]

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The Merchant Of Venice

- What They Cannot See In this world, there are many aspects of blindness whether it is mentally or physically. Either way, each blindness brings out the disability in each person. Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare presents more than one form of blindness, which complicates the social order of the society, and I feel that the blindness, being their imperfection, creates tension between characters, which is weakened by blindness. When the characters are being blind, they are corrupted by their actions and somehow they do not care who they are hurting as long as they know they are getting the best out of something....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- 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 brains, and smart remarks, as well as being careing....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- The Merchant Of Venice Act 1 In the fist act, Antonio is introduced as the Merchant of Venice. A friend of him, Bassanio, desperately needs money because all of his money is on his ships and he wants to go to Belmont to visit the woman of his dreams, Portia. Therefore he goes to Antonio to ask if he is willing to go to Shylock and ask him if he can have 3000 ducats. Antonio agrees and goes to Shylock and explains that he has to pay it back within 3 months. If he doesn't do this, he may cut one pound of his fair flesh......   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice

- The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice was written in 1598 by William Shakespeare. The story is set in Elizabethan times, which was the sixteenth century. People back then were quite prejudiced towards any race that was not Christian. They would have hated Jews. When Shylock would come onto the stage, the audience would have just booed him back off. The Christians had their reasons for hating the Jews. The fact that they supposedly killed “Jesus” still angers many people today. Christians were resentful of their wealth....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant Of Venice

- When William Shakespeare wrote, The Merchant of Venice, he included a female character that influences the play dramatically. In most of Shakespeare's plays, the women have little power and intelligence. In The Merchant of Venice, however, Portia is a woman that saves the life of a man with her wit and intelligence. Another woman created by Shakespeare that posses qualities similar to Portia is Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing. Both women add to the main themes of the play because of their ability to use their intelligence and witty remarks as well as having a loving heart....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- The Merchant of Venice The playgoers of Shakespeare's times, a successful drama was one that combined a variety of action, along with a mixture of verse and prose in the language used. This variety was achieved, and character and atmosphere was summarized. Modern playwrights tend to describe their characters in detail in the stage directions, leaving very little for the reader to discover. However, Shakespeare's describing of a character is scarce. Usually, when reading Shakespeare's work, the audience has to detect the personality of the character by the character's action in the play, relationship towards other characters in the play , and most of all the character's manner of spee...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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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 with his friend, Bassanio....   [tags: The Merchant Of Venice]

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- The Merchant of Venice The play, ¡°The Merchant of Venice¡± by William Shakespeare has two main settings. One setting is Venice, a city where many businessmen live, a place, full of unhappy and unkind people. It a world of commercial and law. Shakespeare has portrayed Venice as the ¡°real¡± world. The other setting is Belmont, a city which houses a rich, happy society of beautiful people. Belmont is a fairy-tale world of music and love. In this play, it is evident that, good things happen in Belmont and not so pleasant events happen in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Modern Interpretation of "The Merchant Of Venice" Drama Challenge

- Every year, each Secondary 2 class has to stage a modern interpretation of the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice, with each class given a particular scene to interpret. The scene assigned to our class, 2K, was Act 4 Scene 1, from Portia’s entry until the Duke’s exit. Though our class is only halfway through the preparations of the interpretation, I feel that I have learnt a lot of invaluable knowledge about the play and the themes conveyed in that particular scene, as well as more about theatrical interpretations and the importance of the roles of the various involved parties....   [tags: theatre, Merchant Of Venice, shakespeare, moerniza]

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- Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains of melancholy; his friend Bassanio asks for a loan to travel to Belmont to court the beautiful heiress, Portia. Antonio agrees, but says that he must borrow the money from one of the city's moneylenders because all of his ships are at sea. At Belmont, Portia is also melancholy because, according to the terms of her father's will, she must marry the man who chooses the casket (out of a choice of gold, silver or lead) containing her portrait. If he chooses wrongly, he is condemned to remain unmarried forever....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- The Storytellers in The Merchant of Venice In this play two characters have a bigger role than one might imagine. Salerio and Solanio are the storytellers in The Merchant of Venice. They fill in important information that the audience needs to full understand the play. First, the two names differ by only a few letters, they are so close that one might confuse the two and think that they are the same person. I feel that this is Shakespeare's intention in this play. He makes the two similar so that they are not very important to the plot of the play....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Villain of Venice People often find security and self-assurance in acting evil towards other people. They may be out to destroy others, or improve their own social status. However, at the same time, the &#8220;villain'; may also be out for revenge. Shylock, from William Shakespeare&#8217;s The Merchant of Venice, has each of these motives as he takes on the role of the antagonist in this play. Shylock, the Jew, manages to mistreat almost everyone in his life. He especially acts as a villain towards Lancelet his young servant, Antonio the Christian, and even his own daughter, Jessica....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Characters of Shylock and Bassanio in A Merchant of Venice

- First let me start of by explaining the common stereotype of a hero and of a villain: A hero is associated as being brave, generous, warm hearted and an all round good person. A villain is normally thought of as cruel, deceiving, hurtful and evil. The characters in A Merchant of Venice can all fit into one of these catagories but especially those of Shylock and Bassanio. Shylock's job is as a moneylender. Insists on a lot of interest back, selfish when Antonio approaches him for money to borrow....   [tags: A Merchant of Venice]

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Merchant Of Venice - Plot Structure

- Show how the plot of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured. “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.” H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. 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’ might appear to be a romantic tale without much logic but that would be a superficial interpretation....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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