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Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice

- Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice One of the many elements that make up a classic, is that the book, novel or play can be read in any generation, decade, century or in any part of the globe at any time and have relevance to the reader. The themes of the work should be universal, so that the reader can take something and create a parallel to an event or situation in his or her own life. The Merchant of Venice has elements that make it a classic. The Merchant of Venice has many contemporary themes in it....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice

- The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Victim or villain. These two words are the total opposites of each other. A victim is someone that 'we' in general should, or may, feel sorry for and attempt to sympathise or empathise with. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. The best example of this I feel is pantomime. The victims or heroes are clear-cut and the audience willingly cheers them. But as soon as the villain walks on stage he is hissed and booed, unfortunately it is not as simple as this in 'The Merchant of Venice' and how the audience react to the characters is all important in making the distinction between victim or vill...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is a play full of different relationships ranging from love and friendships to hate. These relationships are affected by gossips and rumours, which due to the close community are flying around all the time. Money is involved in everything in the play; it is at the centre of work, relationships and rumours. It also holds together and makes the main tension of the play. There are many relationships in The Merchant of Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice

- Anti-Semitism in"The Merchant of Venice" Anti-Semitism in "The Merchant of Venice" Throughout the play, "The Merchant of Venice" William Shakespeare portrays anti-Semitism through many of his characters. Audiences today may interpret the play to be offensive, where as people of Shakespeare’s time would have accepted the play as part of everyday life. The majority of London’s population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore it is an anti- Semitic play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Imperfect Faith in The Merchant of Venice

- Imperfect Faith in The Merchant of Venice      Though William Shakespeare accurately portrays both Christianity and Judaism in his play The Merchant of Venice, the characters in the play do not represent their religions well. A reader unfamiliar with these religions could easily misinterpret flaws in a character's nature as the teachings of his religion. After a preliminary glance at the play, one would assume that Shakespeare wrote unjustly of the two religions depicted therein. However, Shakespeare had to write the play to please his audience, so he added a twist....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The character Shylock was a stereotypical Jew of his time, and as Jews were generally unpopular, the audience would have been automatically prejudiced against him. In Shakespeare's time, Jews were not treated well at all. This was because they were a minority group, as they had been previously banned from the country by Edward I unless they were willing to become a Christian. But, in large European cities, like Venice there was a large Jewish population....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice

- Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice In the play 'The Merchant of Venice', which was originally entitled 'The Jew of Venice' when it was written in 1598, I very much believe that the relationship between Christians and Jews is a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other. This means that there is no one good party within the play and no evil party within the play. Both religious groups are as good or as bad as each at some part in the play. The play may have been written to portray the Christians as the good party in the play as at the time it was written England was very Anti-Semitic....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant Of Venice - Antonio And Shylock

- William Shakespeare shows how two tradesmen can have completely different lives when others view them differently in the play The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Bassanio, Antonio’s friend, needs money to pursue his love. They seek a loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender in Antonio’s name. The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. While all this is happening, there are love plots going on. One of which is for Shylock’s daughter to elope with Lorenzo, a Christian....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare was written between 1594-1596.It is classified as a comedy; it is also a work of good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are examined and some issues remain unresolved. In the play Shakespeare has woven together plots from different books. Shakespeare gets the bond story and the story of the ring from an Italian novella, LL Pecorone, in a collection put together by Sir Geovanni and published in 1558....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice

- The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice portrays a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, "I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!" All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them will listen to the other because their hearts are filled with intense prejudice. Antonio proves that he is unwilling to change his feelings toward Shylock when he says, "I'm likely to call you names again, spit on you again, and shun you again." They don't seem to realize that their prejudiced attitudes could get someone...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare features, Shylock a very controversial character due to his religion, profession and personal traits. Professionally Shylock lends money to people in debt, in order to gain interest and profit. Although, this is very much central to our modern way of life, in the Elizabethan period, money lending was not accepted as an acceptable profession. Throughout "The Merchant of Venice" Shylock is portrayed as menacing, inhumane and slightly eccentric, yet at times misunderstood and induces sympathy from the reader....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is the story of a man who wishes to wed a woman, in order o do so he needs to borrow money from his good friend. The play is that of an anti-semitic one. The play is an anti-semitic one because the Jews are looked upon as evil and untrustworthy. For the entire play the Jew is never meant to look as a good person, and he is abused by almost everyone in the play. When the Jew does have his sympathetic lines, they were actually meant to be comedic....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare, having spent most of his youth in England, was influenced by England’s beliefs. England was going through a Christian reformation that had caused friction between Christians and Jews. Jews and Christians did not see eye to eye on almost everything and especially on usury, the practice of lending money with interest. Boyce, a Shakespearean critique, sums up the negative attitude that Christians had on Jews in the 16th Century: “Sixteenth-Century Englishmen tended to attribute to Jews only two important characteristics, both negative: first, that Jews detested Christians and gave much energy to devi...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Tragic Merchant of Venice

- The 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......   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Doomed Antonio of The Merchant of Venice

- The Doomed Antonio of The Merchant of Venice        The secondary characters of The Merchant of Venice (Shylock, Portia and Bassanio) are so intriguing and so vocal, that the central figure, the merchant Antonio, is often largely ignored. This neglect is perfectly appropriate to the play's theme and the protagonist's struggle, for Antonio is an outsider. The play's theme is marriage and Antonio is both a stranger to the world of marriage, for he has no desire to partake of it, and he is an enemy to marriage, for it steals his one true love, Bassanio....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant Of Venice - Jews

- William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice contains many examples that insult Jews because they were the minority in London in Shakespeare’s time. Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times, Elizabethan audiences found them comical. The majority of London’s population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore proves that Shakespeare was an anti-Semite....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Reflection On The Merchant Of Venice

- I was chosen to be ‘Portia’ for the staging of our class’s play. Obviously, it stole the colour of my cheek as Mr. Mior honoured me to be the main character in the ‘Merchant of Venice’ play. I had mixed feelings since I was scared that I would not be able to play the character well. Nevertheless, with the lecturers’ trust and my friends’ support, I confronted the challenge. It is undeniable that most of us encountered difficulties in reading the ‘Merchant of Venice’. The different values and culture as well as the old English that is used in Elizabethan era baffled us as we read it....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The famous play 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare concerns several plot lines, including the bond, the ring, the caskets and the elopement. The bond is the main plot and usury is a key part of this. It is because Shylock is a moneylender who lends money to a Christian. Shylock is crucial because he is a crucial character to 2 plots including the main one. When Antonio first meets Shylock he is immediately unkind to Shylock because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare The "Merchant Of Venice" is a poem I have studied recently and will be going on to describe it's four themes - Love/Hate/Friendship and Money. I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem. The theme Love is mostly shown through Portia & Bassanio, because all she wanted was to have a choice in the man she married and the reason she could not do this was because her fathers will had forbidde. When Portia & Bassanio meet they really feel they want to be with each other but she does not want Bassanio to chose casket straight away because if he picks the wrong casket he must not see Portia again....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- 'The Merchant of Venice' is a Shakespearean play that is still preformed to this day. The story to the play is as follows: Antonio, a rich merchant needs money to lend to friend so he makes a bond with a wealthy Jew, shylock. Antonio has sent all his money abroad on his ships and promises to pay back shylock when his ships return, but if his ships don't come back Shylock can take a pound of his flesh. Later in the story shylock's daughter runs away with a Christian and takes all her father's money with her....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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True Love in The Merchant of Venice

- True Love in The Merchant of Venice         Among the various themes presented in the Merchant of Venice the most important is the nature of true love.  The casket plot helps illustrate the theme.  Through a variety of suitors the descriptions of the caskets, Shakespeare shows the reader how different people view true love. He also shows what is most important to the suitors and in some cases it is not true love, but material things and outward appearance.         The first suitor who tries to win Portia's hand is the Prince of Morocco.  When he first arrives in Belmont, the reader can see how arrogant the prince is, He says, "The best regarded virgins of our clilme/ h...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice

- Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice     Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us. Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear and how they are in reality.  The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations.  The first representation of this is Shylock's generosity with his money and eagerness to make friends with Antonio when he says, "I say, to buy his favour, I extend this friendship," when all he wants is to take a pound of Antonio's flesh and end his life, "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The play revolves around one main plot and three sub-plots. The main plot centres on the question of mercy and forgiveness as seen in the relationship between Antonio, the kind Christian, and Shylock, the unrelenting Jew. The three subplots revolve around the romances of Portia and Bassanio (the most important couple in the play), of Lorenzo and Jessica, and of Gratiano and Nerissa (the least important couple of the play). All four plots are bound by the threads of love, generosity, friendship, and the wise use of money, which are the ideals of the Elizabethan society....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice - Portia was No Feminist

- Merchant of Venice: Portia was No Feminist The question has been proposed whether Portia was her own woman, and if after she married Bassanio would she still be the protector of her fortune. I researched for evidence to the theory that Portia was not her own, her fortune was not her own, and she was bound financially to her husband after marriage. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this particular arrangement, and I don't feel that the relationship should continue to be hailed as a progressive, feminist relationship....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice From your reading of the play, explore the character of Shylock. Was he meant to be a figure to be mocked and despised by Shakespeare's audience or did Shakespeare want a different reaction to him. Throughout history, Jews have been persecuted for their beliefs. Muslims and Christians have thrown Jews from their countries, segregated them when they are present in those countries, and abused them when they are near. Anti-Semitism is not so prevalent in this modern day in some countries, yet a violent religious jihad has been going on in Israel for over 50 years....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice In this piece of work, I am to discuss whether Portia is a modern woman of the sixteenth century. I am aiming to discuss many of her elements, relating and comparing them with the time in which the play is set. I will be looking at what aspects mark her out as a ‘modern’ woman and those that mark her out to be a ‘renaissance’ woman. When William Shakespeare wrote, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, he included a female character that leads the play dramatically....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Analysis of The Merchant of Venice

- Analysis of The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice" is based on a simple enough plot, but it gives a more complex view of the characters involved. It portrays each characters attitude, opinions and actions and shows how they affect the other characters. ====================================================================== Shylock is perhaps the most noteworthy character. He is centred on most of the play's events. Throughout the play he is portrayed as both a villain and a victim and is used to emphasise a number of the play's themes such as greed, revenge, prejudice and racism....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Death Of Death And Death

- Death is one of the hardest things to over come; while others have developed paganism for death it’s ultimately the scariest thing to face in life. Losing a best friend, a family member, or the love of your life. Therefore the death of someone special is definitely the hardest thing to face. Many people believe when someone dies, they’re sleeping, and they wake up when Jesus comes again and brings you to heaven with him, this is called Christianity, however, Buddhism believe when the body dies it disappears, but the mind goes on, which means you have no after life to experience....   [tags: Death, Life, Afterlife, Cicero]

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The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare In Act 4 scene 1 Shylock has brought Antonio to court to receive payment of his bond. Antonio’s ships have sunk and been raided by pirates and his wealth along with it. In Antonio’s bond with Shylock it was agreed that if the bond couldn’t be paid, then a pound of Antonio’s flesh was to be forfeit. Shylock is angry about many misfortunes in his life, which include the loss of his daughter to a Christian, this is a real embarrassment and a painful experience because of strong racial prejudice and hatred between the religious groups at the time....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Manipulative Portia in Merchant of Venice

- I would love to write a critical essay about the role of Portia in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, hailing her as one of Shakespeare's greatest contributions to the society of the sane; however, I find this impossible after studying the text. At first, I hung on her every word and was amazed at her wit, but later I found her to be just another Shakespearean psycho. Basically, I understood Portia to be nothing less than an obedient daughter obeying the whims of her dead, over-protective father....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction The three versions of the Merchant of Venice which I have watched are: 1. Channel 4 television version for their Schools Broadcasting Programmes 2. Trevor Nunn's version 3. National Theatre Company version directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Laurence Olivier as Shylock Act IV scene 1 is an intense scene in the play where we see many of the play's main themes such as justice and mercy, money and status, revenge, loyalty, love and prejudice and tolerance....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Act 1 Scene 1 we are introduced to Antonio, Salerio, Solanio, Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano. Antonio is a wealthy businessman. He is a trader. He also gives people loans but he does not charge them any interest. Salerio, Solanio, Bassanio, Lorenzo, and Gratiano are all good friends of Antonio and of each other. Lorenzo is in love with Jessica the daughter of Shylock. Bassanio is also in love with Portia and wants to marry her. In Act 1 Scene 1 Antonio is feeling unhappy, so his friends try to cheer him up....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The merchant of Venice was written by Willliam Shakespeare. It is a play in which Shakespeare creates a range of emotions for his audience to experience, through one of the characters Shylock. The play is about Antonio, who is a Christian and Shylock, who is a Jew. Shylock is overconfident and a careful money lender and Antonio is the owner of the ships, which is where he gets his income. When Antonio is short of money he goes to Shylock to borrow some until his ships come in....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play that, like many of Shakespeare's plays show characters at the edges of society. In The Merchant of Venice we see Shylock and Portia showing this by either being the minority or the least respected or in Shylock's case both. What adds to their role at the edge of society is the way they subvert their roles because this focuses, in the case of Portia, the audience on her and, in shylocks case, the other characters on him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In many ways, shylock is a more difficult character for a modern audience than for an Elizabethan audience. With close reference to Act 1 scene 3, Act 3 scene 1 and Act 4 scene 1 show how an actor might reveal the human being behind the stereotype. The merchant of Venice is a play written in Elizabethan times by William Shakespeare. The play is set in Elizabethan Venice. The play starts with Antonio, a rich merchant, who is depressed without any obvious reason....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare

- “Modern Humanitarianism has run riot on Shylock.” Discuss. “The Merchant of Venice” is concerned with two issues that were of importance in the Elizabethan Age: Jewry and Usury. It is generally assumed that the Elizabethan attitude to Jewry was hostile and that the execution of Roderigo Lopez in 1594 was characteristic of the Christian rejection of all ‘Jews, Turks, Infidels and Heretics’, who were considered to be “misbelievers”. But this could also be a false assumption, for although the Jews were forced to convert to Christianity to live in England, once they did they were generally left alone....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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soliloquies in the merchant of venice

- “The Merchant of Venice” is a play that relies on soliloquies to advance the plot, create mood and atmosphere, and to develop character among all the actors. I am here to prove how this happens in two different soliloquies and show you why Shakespeare put them into the play. My first soliloquy is from Lancelot Gobbo and it is taken from Act 2 Scene 2.I know that Lancelot is a secondary character, but this speech is really important in the outcome of this scene. He is talking about if he should run away from his master, who just happens to be Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Elizabethan audience was mainly white Christian males who were sexist and arrogant. They expected to be highly entertained and not insulted because otherwise no one would go to any of Shakespeare’s plays. Even though Shakespeare manages to please the crowd he adds some subtle insults like Antonio being seen as homosexual the audience then were very arrogant and thought Antonio was just being a great friend, He also insults the Christians though jibes at their racist attitudes and arrogance....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice My lord, it would seem that the bond was made between Antonio the merchant and Shylock the Jew, for 3,000 ducats to be repaid within three months. This bond seems out of character of a Christian, as they believe it is immoral to lend money and charge a usance rate. It is also strange that this Jew accepted the proposal, as it is plain to see that they are enemies. I have looked at all the evidence and have learned why the bond became apparent....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the following essay I will portray my opinion of whether or not Shylock was treated unfairly. To do this I will go through the main scenes concerning Shylock and express my opinion for that particular scene. This is because it would be impossible to sympathise with Shylock on a whole because throughout the play he shows completely different sides to his character. Shakespeare has a great ability to twist complex characters therefore in one scene Shylock is considered the villain and in the next he would be considered the victim....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Death Of Death And Death

- ... Death is perceived as the beginning of an individual complementing ones life and the beginning of the “communication between the visible and the invisible worlds” (Advameg, Inc., 2015). Furthermore, Liberians believe ones goal in life is to become an ancestor after ones life has expired (Advameg, Inc., 2015). Although death is widely accepted and embraced by Liberians, death without a proper burial is perceived as a bad omen. Liberan Death Rituals When ones life expires different populations perform different rituals such as wakes, funeral, or memorial services....   [tags: Death, Life, Ritual, Burial]

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Death And Death Of Death

- ... It seems like this was my first real encounter with the death of a person that I had known my whole life, so it really enhanced my understanding of how finite human life is; it made me more aware of my mortality. Though I don’t remember extensively mourning my grandpa’s death, I do remember how his passing affected other people. During the funeral the general mood of my family was positive, no one was uncontrollably crying, there were some tears in the crowd. I don’t think I mourned very much because I didn’t regularly see my grandpa, so it wasn’t something that would directly affect the normal routine of my life....   [tags: Death, Family, Life, Human]

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Shylock in Merchant of Venice

- The Character of Shylock in Merchant of Venice        Few characters created by Shakespeare embodies pure evil like the character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a usurer and a malevolent, blood-thirsty old man consumed with plotting the downfall of his enemies. He is a malignant, vengeful character, consumed with venomous malice1; a picture of callous, unmitigated villainy, deaf to every appeal of humanity2. Shylock is the antagonist opposite the naive, essentially good Antonio, the protagonist; who must defend himself against the "devil" Shylock....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice Overview

- In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is the merchant, and complains to his friends about how depressed he is and he cannot explain why. His friend Bassanio is in desperate need of money to court Portia, wealthy women of Belmont, so Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. However, Antonio cannot give Bassanio the loan because he has just invested all of his money into a number of ships that are still at sea. Antonio advises Bassanio to go and meet with Shylock, a Jew who is a moneylender. Bassanio takes Antonio’s advice and the both of them go to meet with him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Death Of Death And Death

- The Right to Choose Life or Death  Death is a natural incident of life that many people dread and have difficulty coming to terms with. Sometimes when we pass it is out of our control, and we are often oblivious to the moment of death. The passing of a life can be full of emotions and thoughts beyond perception, but it can also be beautiful, silent and be of ease to a person suffering if the death was dignified. Some individuals are ready to come to terms with such a natural process of life on their own when diagnosed with a terminal illness and others are not....   [tags: Death, Suicide, Suffering, Assisted suicide]

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The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice

- The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice In 'The Merchant of Venice,' Shakespeare explores two different yet similar worlds. The world of Venice and the world of Belmont. These two worlds have many differences and some similarities. For example, Venice is a completely different setting compared with Belmont. Also, the characters in Venice are different but also similar to the ones in Belmont. Furthermore, the society in Veniceis different compared with the society in Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice

- A Study of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice ‘The Merchant of Venice’ was written by Shakespeare in 1596 and appeals to both audiences of comedy and tragedy. The play features anti-Semitism which is a response to 1500’s Britain as well as other literature of the time. Anti-Semitism is the term used to describe discrimination towards Jews and Judaism. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ has received both positive and negative comments over the centuries and throughout this essay I will look at some of these....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'The Merchant of Venice' was written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan period .The play is a tragic-comedy written in his second period. It is set in Venice in the late 15th century. In this period, religion is a very big part in people's lives, with Christianity the most dominant in this area, and people were looked very poor upon for not attending, sometimes even arrested. As a result, Shylock is condemned before the plot has even begun because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote the merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is a tragic-comedy. It is set in a place called Venice in the late 15th century. Venice is situated in the north east of Italy and is known as the 'Queen of Adriatic' for its strong naval power. The play is about Shylock a Jewish moneylender, who is trying to make a living in a community and a Country that despises him and alienates him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'I am a Jew' a famous saying from Shylock in 'Merchant of Venice' that clarifies the merchant brotherhood of a wealthy city. 'Merchant of Venice' contains rascals and heroes. The audiences will soon realise that Shylock, the Jewish money lender, is shown as a villain within the wealthy city. Is this really what Shakespeare had intended. This testimony given proposes that Shylock is more of a deceitful character than what the Christian colony wants us to comprehend....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice, a tragic- comedy written in the late 16th century by the greatest known English author, William Shakespeare. This is a tale set in the heart of Venice, amongst the Venetian Christians and Jews. The history of the Jews is marked by terrible hardship and atrocities; Jewish people kept up their customs and religion formed tight knit communities and became known for their intelligent hard work and business expertise....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Poetic Verse and Rhyme in The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is a comedy play about the love exploits of several Italian characters, told in an objective third-person point of view. The play is set in Venice, Italy during the Renaissance. The protagonist, Antonio, is a merchant of Venice who is affluent, well-respected, and sociable. The title supports the supposition that Antonio is the protagonist because it is termed The Merchant of Venice, indicating the story of the merchant. Antonio's best friend, Bassanio, is an impecunious romantic who borrows money on Antonio's credit to court the woman he loves....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Is The Merchant of Venice an Anti-Semitic Play?

- Is The Merchant of Venice an Anti-Semitic Play.      The Merchant of Venice features a Jewish character that is abused and slandered by nearly every character in the play. Throughout the play the behavior of these characters seems justified. In this way, The Merchant of Venice appears to be an anti-Semitic play. However, The Merchant of Venice contains several key instances, which can be portrayed in a way that criticizes anti-Semitism. The first instance occurs in Act 1, scene 3 when the audience realizes that Shylock has every right to be extremely angry with Antonio....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shakespeare And Anti-Semitism In The Merchant Of Venice

- Anti-Semitism and the desecration of the Jewish population have been in existence for nearly five thousand years. In the Elizabethan era, a question of anti-Semitism invariably arises. In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, we find that one of the characters is the embodiment and expression of anti-Semitic attitude that is pervasive in Elizabethan society. "Anti-Semitism was an intricate part in Shakespeare's years. Jews were considered vile and scorned upon. Shakespeare presents Judaism as an 'unchangeable trait'" (Bloom 37)....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play was "A merchant of Venice" was written in 1599, in Elizabethan times. Shakespeare's main two sources for writing the play were two folk tales woven together. One involving a marriage suitors choice among three chests and therefore winning here hand in marriage. The other as based on a greedy creditor trying to extract a pound of flesh from a man. A contemporary play written by Christopher Marlowe gave Shakespeare the inspiration for the character of Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice         In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez.  Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England.  Lopez, being the Queen's royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused.  Essex, who provided the evidence also presided over the trial of Lopez, leaving Lopez little chance of survival.  The innocent Jew was hanged, drawn, and quartered in Tyburn, England for all to witness....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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How Shylock is Presented in The Merchant of Venice

- How Shylock is Presented in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, one of his romantic comedies, was written in 1596. It deals with a dispute between Shylock, a wealthy Jewish moneylender, and Antonio, a Venetian citizen. The play begins in Venice, where Antonia’s friend, Bassanio, needs a loan of 3,000 ducats so that he can court a wealthy heiress named Portia. Not being able to raise the funds himself, Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. Unfortunately Antonio’s wealth is invested in merchant ships that are presently at sea....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The main theme of the Merchant of Venice is of Shylock, a Jew, and Antonio, a Christian taking part in a deal involving the Jew lending the Christian a sum of money. The bond they make is that if Antonio cannot pay Shylock back, Shylock can take legally a pound of Antonio's flesh as payment. The other plots in the play consist of Jessica, Shylock's daughter eloping with Lorenzo, another Christian and Antonio's friend Bassanio, who is courting a rich lady, Portia of Beaumont who are both of course Christian....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock has been very badly treated by certain Christians and he yearns for revenge. He goes too far when he seeks the life of his main persecutor, but he is essentially, an intelligent, dignified man who can no longer bear to be humiliated. Long before Shylock plotted against him, Antonio seemed to take a pride in spurning Shylock, treating him in public with rudeness and contempt....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Written sometime between 1596 and 1598,by Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is classified as both an early Shakespearean comedy and as one of the Bard's problem plays; it is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are looked at and some issues remain unresolved. The play is about Antonio, a Venetian merchant, who complains to his friends that he feels a sadness which he cannot explain. His friend Bassanio is desperately in need of money to court Portia, a wealthy young woman who lives in the city of Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

- Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare in which is a drama, it shows us mercy, love and forgiveness. In this essay I’m going to write about Portia in comparison to the other male characters in the play. Shakespeare has created some very interesting characters in Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock. Bassanio and Antonio are good friends and they like most characters in the play, dislike Shylock the Jew. They have a good reason for disliking Shylock as he paints a very negative image of the Elizabethans Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Death : Death And Death

- ... And if death is bad it is not because of its positive feature but rather its negative feature. It is not death itself is bad, but rather the deprivation of life. There is some problem that Nagel have to address to support his thesis, first problem is that can something be bad without the person experience it. For example if someone spread rumor about you, and no one believes it and you are not affected by it, is it still bad. Second problem is that you need an object to be assign misfortune to, and if the person is no longer around how can you assign misfortune to somethings that does not exist....   [tags: Death, Life, English-language films, Afterlife]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice One of the most interesting and thought provoking characters in the Merchant of Venice is Shylock. Throughout his five scenes in the play he is looked down upon, betrayed, deserted, punished and humiliated by Christian society, his daughter and all those that will eventually need his money. His faith and his way of making a living are the Christians' only justification for this treatment, yet even in his alienation he is still, as we see later, constitute to Venetian Law....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice It is believed that that Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice, between 1596 and 1589. At the time Englandwas a Christian country, and the Jews were a misunderstood, prejudiced and marginalised people. They were often forbidden to own land or engage in trade in England so the only occupation open to them was money lending which they exploited to the full, Christians were forbidden to practice usury and the Jews were constantly portrayed as greedy misers and money-lenders....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice To Shakespeare's Audience Shylock was the Villain of the Merchant of Venice, Yet a Modern Day Audience sees Shylock as a Man Persecuted because of his Religion, Discuss this Statement with Detailed Reference to the Text and Explain this Change of Attitude. This is not just a change of attitude but a change in the way of life for the people of the world over this troubled four hundred years. In the era of the Elizabethan's when the Merchant of Venice was originally written the world was a different place, there were different attitudes and views , particularly towards Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was educated at Stratford grammar school. Shakespeare was a poet who wrote plays, so he always tried to write his verse or prose in ways that would have the greatest dramatic impact. This is the reason why his language isn't like everyday speech. Shakespeare's "The merchant of Venice" was written and first performed in about 1597 and was performed at the theatre in London, this means that the structure of the grammar, the vocabulary and the style of dialogue have changed considerably compared to the pre...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote The merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. It was written as a play and this is reflected in the exaggeration of some of the scenes. At the time the play was written anti-Semitism was common, this again is reflected by the attitudes of the characters. In theory at the time this play was written only Jews who had converted to Christianity were allowed in England at the time. This may be one of the reasons it is set in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Relationships in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Relationships in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'The Merchant of Venice' is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and Act 1 Scene 3 is a key scene. There are three characters involved in the scene and these are: Antonio, Bassanio and Shylock. Shakespeare portrays their characters effectively as well as the contrasting relationships between them. He uses various themes, his language and style and the plot of the bond to achieve this. Before I look at scene 3 it is important to look at the first scene of the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is one of the main characters in Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice", he starts in the play as an outcast of society because he is Jewish. Shylock has been forced to become a banker in his life as an inhabitant of Venice, for the fact that his religion is seen as wrong. Although Shylock is forced to become a banker he plays a vital role in the city of Venice, without Shylock the city would struggle economically....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction One of the most interesting and dramatic characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is the rich, despised money-lending Jew Shylock. It is impossible to judge Shylock’s character by our own modern Standards, simple because Shakespeare wrote this play for play goers in Elizabethan times. This was very different to modern times for two reasons. Firstly, people watching the play would not find it strange to feel sorry for a character, then a few moments later, to be screaming for their blood....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterization of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The small and seemingly insignificant details in a story often hold together an entire theme of the work. This phenomenon is recognizable in the plays of William Shakespeare, as a speech or incident with a minor character can point the audience to a much larger truth about the work as a whole. The Merchant of Venice contains such a minor character, Lancelot, whose story gives a clue to the reader about the roles of the other characters in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice essays]

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Merchant of Venice: Portia and the Art of Justice

- Portia and the Art of Justice In Shakespeare controversial play, The Merchant of Venice, the character, Antonio calls this world "a stage where every man must play a part". He really cannot imagine that it will be a woman that will play the leading role on his "sad" stage. If not for a woman, Antonio would have found himself as a hunk of flesh in Shylock's trophy room. Portia, whose "little body is a-weary of this great world," uses her intelligence, quick thinking and fortitude to save the love of her own love....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice       Many of William Shakespeare's plays have sparked controversy.  Probably the one that has sparked the most controversy is The Merchant of Venice, which many intellectuals have dubbed an anti-Semitic play.  The character that this discussion centers around is Shylock, the rich moneylender Jew.  The problem with most of these anti-Semitic arguments is that they lack the perspective of the sixteenth century audience.   Throughout Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (M of V), the audience's perception of Shylock moves between utter hatred and varying amounts of pity.  In contrast to today's audience, the original s...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Shylock is certainly an interesting character made even more intriguing by Shakespeare's portrayal of him. Much before the twentieth century, anti-Semitism was rife and The Merchant of Venice is a curious tale, as we are able to see how Jews were viewed in the late 1500s - especially as Shakespeare's depiction was at odds with the accepted anti-Jewish prejudiced views in that he considers both sides of the argument....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Analysis of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- Analysis of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice was written in London by William Shakespeare in 1598. The first edition of the Merchant of Venice was published in 1600 by Thomas Heys. The play caused quite a stir when it was published as the play is anti-Semitic, which means hostile or prejudiced against Jews. No other books or plays in England had covered a plot about a Jew. In England, when Shakespeare was writing, Jews had been banished for the past 300 years....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice In every play or story, you need a villain, someone you can hate - in Cinderella you have the evil stepmother, in Harry Potter you have Lord Voldermort, and in the Merchant of Venice you have Shylock. In this scene, I see Shylock not as the comical buffoon or villain but as the outsider. The scene opens with a conversation between Basanio and Shylock. Basanio wants to borrow three thousand ducats from Shylock for three months, but Shylock is reluctant....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Many people are villainous in the way they behave. Their villainous acts may be attributed to their desire to destroy others and in turn elevate themselves to a higher financial or social level. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have received from others. In that case, they would have been taught villainy rather than being a villain at heart in which case, revenge would be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice That Shylock is portrayed as being a typical Jewish businessman is contentious. There seems to be a lot more to Shylock than first meets the eye, especially when it comes to his dealings with money and keeping his word. He has to put up with quite a bit of abuse from Christians and others. He is a very stubborn person though, and this seems to be one of his major downfalls within the play. To support my argument I am going to look at both the views of the Christians and the Jews from the play, as well as support my views with evidence from the text....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There have been many variations over the hundreds of years in how the character Shylock has been played in productions of “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare. Shylock is often noted as the most important character in the play, so the way he is performed can change how people interpret the play itself. Shylock can be interpreted as the villain or the victim of the play. Sometimes in productions the audiences’ sympathies can swing first one-way then another, the actor will portray Shylock as a consistent character however; certain scenes create sympathy for him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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