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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice The above statement suggests two assumptions. Firstly, that Shylock is an unattractive character in the play. I agree with this assumption, but only to a certain extent. Secondly, the statement assumes that all the other characters in The Merchant of Venice are not unattractive, but kind and good. I disagree with this statement to a large extent. This essay will put forward reasons why I agree and disagree with respective assumptions, as well as why I disagree with the question overall....   [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 In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a Jewish money-lender is portrayed as villainous throughout the play. At the beginning of the play, he agrees to lend Antonio a sum of 3000 ducats. This loan had to be paid back within three months time otherwise Shylock would get what he wanted, a pound of Antonio’s flesh, as a part of a clause of the contract. Shylock’s continuous insistence for a pound of Antonio’s flesh shows him as a villain, but is Shylock really a villain, and not a victim....   [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 Although there are various sub plots in the Merchant of Venice, Shylock plays a very central role, interacting with almost all of the other characters to some degree. I believe that Shakespeare has carefully crafted the character of Shylock in great detail. He makes Shylock both a Jew and a money lender, both of these things were despised by many Christians at the time this was written. Shylock is introduced to the audience as a controversial character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice: The Effects of Cross-Dressing

- Shakespeare challenges the assumption that men hold more power than women do. He subtly hints that the power men posses is superficial when Jessica dresses like a boy, and later when Nerissa and Portia disguise themselves as men in The Merchant of Venice. Masculinity is merely a costume that can be donned or doffed at will; therefore its associated power can be removed and redistributed as well. Shakespeare emphasizes gender barriers, yet also challenges them to show their inconsistencies. In court, the Duke articulates the common assumption that men represent the educated and professional members of society....   [tags: Masculinity in Merchant of Venice]

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Directing William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Directing William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice I am going to set my theatrical production of "Merchant of Venice" act 1 scene 3 in a building in a street in Venice. The building in which this scene is set should be lit by candle light creating a slightly dark, gloomy atmosphere to give the audience a sense of mischief and wrong doing on Shylock's part. Costume wise I would make a clear distinction between the clothes of Shylock and the Venetians. Shylock will wear old dirty looking, dull coloured clothes whilst the Venetians wear colourful, more elegant looking clothes to portray their higher stature and importance....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Justice and Prosperity in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- One of the strengths of good theater is its ability to mirror the problems and conditions shaping its time. In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare reflects two important aspects of Elizabethan society: the corrupting influence of prosperity and the increasingly vengeful nature of Venetian justice. To address the former issue, Shakespeare downplays the importance of wealth by associating its involvement in romance with superficial and insubstantial advantages. He characterizes prosperity as a deceiving agent, citing its ability to introduce shallowness into a relationship....   [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 'The Merchant of Venice' is a play written by William Shakespeare. In this play I will be analysing whether the character of Shylock is classed as a villain or victim. His character is unclear, as he can be seen as an orthodox Jew, where he is vicious and cunning, or he can be seen as a nice and caring person. I will begin by explaining the ways in which he can be seen as a villain. Shylock is seen as a villain because of the way he acts towards other people....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Character of Portia

- The Character of Portia in Merchant of Venice     In his Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare wants the reader to admire Portia, arguably the most powerful character in the play. However, it is easy to mistake the word ‘admiration’ to mean simply a liking of someone’s positive virtues. Rather, we should like Portia because of those things that make her a multi-faceted character. Though she can appear to be an “unlessoned girl,” she is also conniving, manipulative, and powerful. Three examples that effectively show her prowess and as a result win our admiration of her occur during the casket, the trial, and the ring scenes....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice exemplifies a principle that is as unfortunately true in our time as it was in his - he who has money also has love, sex, and above all, power. In this case, the use of 'he' is deliberate; 'she,' in the Elizabethan era, rarely had either financial independence or much control over the course of her life. Portia, the deceitful heroine of the play, is a major exception. To put it bluntly, Portia is enormously rich....   [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 is a Jew in the play "The merchant of Venice". He has a daughter called Jessica and he is in many ways a victim of anti-Semitism. Shakespeare brings across Shylock as a Jew using many different devices. For example he uses anti-Semitism to show that Shylock is meant to be portrayed as an isolated character. Anti-Semitism was based on religious grounds back then, they held the belief that Jews murdered Christ and were therefore in the league of the devil, this is why the Christians in the play and the directors of the play are vengeful towards Shylock....   [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's character in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' has long been a controversial subject- more so now than it was when the play was written in the late 16th Century. First performed in 1605, it seemingly conforms to the anti-semitic stereotypes towards Jews and their conduct but, unlike Shakespeare's rival's work ('The Jew of Malta) by Christopher Marlowe, the main Jewish character is attributed not only the negative traits associated with Jews at the time, but also a side that sees to show humanity....   [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 is in many ways much more difficult for us to deal with today than for Shakespeare's audience. We have seen a hatred for the Jews since Shakespeare's time with Hitler's attempt to wipe out the Jewish race, but people in Shakespeare's day were unlikely to have met Jews who had not converted to Christianity as they had already been banned from England for three hundred years. So people in England would be opposing the character Shylock because they are ignorant of the Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Bassanio in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- Bassanio in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Throughout the play, Bassanio's main focus has been his quest to Belmont in bid to attempt and succeed in the casket challenge laid by Portia's father. Primarily, Shakespeare presents Bassanio to the audience as being motivated in his aim by the fact that Portia is a lady "richly left". This is shown by the order in which he describes the features of Portia that makes attracts him to her. "In Belmont is a lady richly left, and she is fair, and fairer than that word"....   [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 By the end of Act 4 scene 1, my view of Shylock is a man who wishes to get revenge at society by trying to take the flesh of a Venetian merchant because of the prejudices that are thrown at him. Shylock is a rich Jewish moneylender and a widow whose daughter has eloped with a Christian, Lancelot. Shylock is treated with the lowest kind of integrity and respect in Venice this was normal for Jews in the Victorian period since most of Europe was greatly Anti- Semis-tic....   [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 A key feature of the play 'The Merchant Of Venice' is the issue of whether Shylock is a victim or a villain. This issue is raised at many crucial points most of which can be separated into the categories victim or villain. Act 1 Scene 3 displays Shylock as a sensible business man. This is our first introduction of Shylock and therefore produces our first impressions. The first point where Shylocks' character is revealed in detail is during his soliloquy of lines 37 - 48....   [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 In the productions of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ the character Shylock seems to be the most important throughout the play. However, he can be played in different ways. He can be portrayed as a victim or a villain. Even during a single production the audience’s sympathies change towards him. Shylock can be seen as villain in many ways. One of these is his desire for revenge on Antonio. Shylock doesn’t like him because he is racist towards him and has disrespected him for a long time....   [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 An ogre is according to the Collins Dictionary “a monstrous or cruel being” but more significantly as “something or someone who eats human flesh.” Is this how Shylock is portrayed in the play or is he a simple human being, a species capable of showing emotions and feelings such as vulnerability and love. Certainly, Shylock is presented to the audience in so powerful a way that even though he only appears in five scenes, many consider him the central character....   [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 In Shylock’s first scene he comes in talking about money “Three thousand ducats, well!” The audience would think of him as a stereo typical Jew troubled more about money than anything else. Later in this scene he asks “Antonio is a good man” this could be a query or a proclamation but he tells Bassaino that Antonio will be sufficient for the bond. Shylock is asked to dine with Bassanio and Antonio but Shylock replies, “Yes to smell pork, to eat the habitation which the Nazarite conjured the devil into....   [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 Shylock is the most interesting and yet confusing characters in Shakespeare's play “The Merchant of Venice.” He could be seen as just another villain in a story made to be hated by the audience so that his downfall later in the play can be a cheered at. Yet the character of Shylock is much deeper than the stereotypical evil Jewish moneylender, Shakespeare shows how he is a victim of racial discrimination especially from the “loveable” hero of the story Antonio....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice Essay: Refuting the Critics

- In The Jew of Venice, Granville takes up and refutes the principal "subversions," in The Merchant of Venice that modern and postmodern critics have imposed upon on the play. Without its’ alleged contradictions, the play has a tight formalist structural unity, it focuses on an essentialist Platonic idea, and, resolving all conflicts, it ends in closure. On the topic of Antonio's sadness, Granville picks up a clue that to my knowledge no modern critic has noticed. In his "methodizing" process, he moved Antonio's play-opening line--"I know not why I am so sad"--to Bassan- io's feast, between the toasts and the masque, and merged it with Jessica's fifth act misgiving--"I am n...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Role of Jessica

- The Role of Jessica in Merchant of Venice The character of Jessica, in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice serves an important function in respect to her father, Shylock. By deserting him for a Christian husband, Shylock loses the last person with whom he has any kind of tie. Shylock’s isolation becomes a vital part of his character, and drives his merciless actions against Antonio. Throughout the play, everyone who could claim any type of social or familial tie to Shylock leaves him. Launcelot the Clown, moves to a Christian master, who has the,"grace of God..." (II,ii L.139) His own daughter Jessica forsakes him, and his entire Jewish culture, to marry Lorenzo, and become a Christi...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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The Merchant Of Venice - Shylock: Villain Or Victim?

- 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 endured at the hands of others. In short, they have been taught villainy, rather than it being an integral part of their personality. In such instances, revenge can be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way....   [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 The Jews have unfairly endured extreme persecution for thousands of years, because of their strong beliefs. The Jews lost their own country to the Romans, and had to move out. They have not had an official country until recently, and had to settle down in tight-knit communities, in foreign countries. Their racial prejudice towards them was caused by their intelligence, hard work and success in business in conjunction with their hate for keeping up their customs and religion....   [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 Right from the start of when Shylock is introduced he could be seen as an "ogre” because he is prepared to do business that will profit himself with Antonio and Bassanio but when asked to talk and eat with them he takes it as an insult to him through his religion. "Yes to smell pork, to eat of the habitation which your prophet the nazarite conjured the devil into." Shylock may have his reasons to not want to socialise with Antonio and Bassanio, the two Christians, but they are worthless, as he has still chosen to do business with them and so there're taking advantages of both his religion and the ability to...   [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 "Shylock is a two dimensional villain who does not deserve our sympathy" The above statement makes two main assumptions about Shylock. One is that Shylock is a two-dimensional villain, a man who is a stereotypical, one-sided man with no true motive for his actions. This assumption also implies that Shylock is extremely superficial, an supposition that we strongly disagree....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice: Portia

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

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Merchant of Venice Essay: Universal Elements

- The Universal Elements of Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice contains many themes and elements that are considered timeless or universal. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defines a timeless or universal element as a “representation of men in all ages and all times.” A universal element is relevant to the life of every human being – it is universal. The first major theme that plays an important role in the play is the Christians’ prejudice against the Jews. A second important theme is the attitude toward money....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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The Power of Words in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- In theatrical performance, the fictional realm of drama is aligned with the factual, or “real” world of the audience, and a set of actors feign re-creation of this factual world. At the same time the audience, by participating as spectators, feigns believability in the mimic world the actors create. It is in this bond of pretense between the on-stage and off-stage spheres of reality—the literal and the mock-literal—that the appeal of drama is engendered. The Merchant of Venice then, like any effective drama, ostensibly undermines realism by professing to portray it....   [tags: William Shakespeare Merchant Venice Essays]

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Folk Story about Asja the Princess and The Captain

- This is a story that may or may not be true. Those islands over there are called the Pakleni islands, meaning hell’s islands, supposedly. In truth the name comes from the old Slavic word for tar- ‘paklina’. Why tar. Well to answer that this story must be told. It is not a story for the faint of heart. Back in the day, Pharos and the Pakleni islands were ruled by the King. He lived with his family in the Spanish fortress up on that hill, the Fortica as the locals call it. Some say he wasn’t really a king, that he gave himself the title....   [tags: Pakleni Islands, Romance, Death]

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Death Is Not Stop For Death

- ... In fact, “the images of "School," "Gazing Grain," and "Setting Sun" in stanza 3 do stand as a strong representation of the three stages of life” (Engle). The school represents children at play, the earliest life stage. The second, the fields, is the working stage, the longest stage in most people. Dickinson uses the image of an endless field to describe this. Finally, they pass the setting sun, the elder years. By showing us the stages of life, she is showing readers that she does not belong in any of these stages....   [tags: Death, Life, Afterlife, Cleanliness]

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A Study On The Death Of Death

- ... I recognized that this question is not something to think about temporarily this semester, it is a real situation that will need proper consideration as I will face it eventually. Another question of the day that stood out is when we were asked about taking care of business before we died knowing we had a short amount of time to live. I remember being stuck in responding to this question because it is something I would really have to think about, a whole class time is not enough. I appreciated the fact that the lecturer shared her personal stories and experiences surrounding death and dying to also serve as juxtaposition with lecture topics....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Euthanasia, Reincarnation]

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Love and Hate Depicted in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- Love and Hate Depicted in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play both about love and hate. Shakespeare illustrates the theme of hate most prominently through the prejudices of both Christians and Jews and their behaviour towards one another. The theme of love is shown amongst the Christians, in the love of friendship and marital love. The themes are emphasised in the settings of the play, Belmont symbolising love and Venice symbolising hate. As well as this the immorality of various characters can be seen in their motives for love and hate....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Death And Birth Of Death

- Death and birth are the only two things every single person will experience. Is it possible for death to be bad. With the varying experiences and consequences unique to each person can it be classified as such. Socrates, as exemplified in Phaedo, is most commonly identified as someone who did not view death as bad. While other philosophers, like Thomas Nagel, hold the view that death is in fact bad because of the loss of the only thing we possess - life. I see the most common view on death being undecided....   [tags: Death, Life, Fear, Soul]

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Socrates 's Death Of Death

- Socrates discusses that people should not fear death because we do not know the qualities of death. Even though we do not know what death is, he makes some suggestions for the possibilities after death. He suggests that maybe death is just an endless sleep without dreaming, it is where we can finally come to peace with ourselves. He also suggest that maybe in the afterlife he will be able to meet heroic people in the past, where he can share his experience and question people to see whether they are wise....   [tags: Death, Afterlife, Reincarnation, Life]

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The Theme of Prejudice in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Theme of Prejudice in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare                William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, is an examination of hatred and greed. Prejudice is a dominant theme in The Merchant of Venice, most notably taking the form of anti-Semitism. Shylock is stereotypically described as "costumed in a recognizably Jewish way in a long gown of gabardine, probably black, with a red beard and/or wing like that of Judas, and a hooked putty nose or bottle nose" (Charney, p....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays Shakespeare]

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The Merchant Of Venice As A Romantic Comedy - Critical Analysis

- We can trace the origin of Comedy to Dionysis- the Greek God of Wine who was hilarious, satirical and irreverent in spirit. Ben Jonson in ‘Volpone’ (1605) that is considered to be the greatest comedy in English epitomized the classical spirit of comedy. Shakespeare was aware of the classical tradition by the chose to follow the Roman tradition of Petrarch and Boccacio. Shakespeare’s early comedies were classical in spirit but the later ones were more emotional, fanciful and humorous. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ falls between there two categories....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Drama and Tension in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Drama and Tension in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction The merchant of Venice is about a merchant who borrows a loan to help a friend who wants to go to Belmont to Marie a woman called Portia. The person who borrows a loan is a merchant name (Antonio), and Antonio goes and gets the loan off a Jew name (Shylock). After Antonio borrows the loan, Antonio sign a bond saying that if in three month Antonio ships don’t return, shylock would have his pond of flesh....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Distance that Separates us from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- The Distance that Separates us from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Without a doubt, Shylock of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice has been a subject of much controversy and debate for scholars and critics worldwide. Specifically, an element of his character that has been thoroughly reviewed is the harshness with which he proposes his bond with Antonio. As contemporary readers of the pound of flesh story we are naturally mortified by the fact that Shylock would call for such barbarous terms....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Defining Shylock from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Defining Shylock from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice For hundreds of years, the Jews had lived in their ancestral home- Palestine- but when they were exiled in about the year 400AD, they scattered throughout Europe and formed a Diaspora: a community of exiled people. When the Roman Empire deteriorated, many of the Jews returned to Palestine, and were ruled by the Turks, then the British, eventually got their own state in 1946. In 1066, when Jews came over to Britain with William the conqueror, they had to wear yellow bands to distinguish them: this was highly discriminating and many Jews were even blamed in murder cases where Christian children were...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Is Shylock Victim Or Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Is Shylock Victim Or Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote the Merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is about Shylock, a Jewish money lender¡: trying to make a living and survive in a community that despises him and marginalia's him. Before the plot even starts, Shylock is condemned for being a Jew, and a moneylender. Jews were forbidden to be successful businessmen in Venice, so the only occupation open to him was money lending which they exploited to the full, this gave Shakespeare an opportunity to capture sympathy and understanding from the reader towards Shylock....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Portrayal of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- The Portrayal of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the 16th century Jews were discriminated against especially in England and Venice. Christians believed that the Jewish race was inferior to them and that Jews should not be accepted into their society. There were very few Jews in England in this period this was mainly due to the fact that Edward had been lent money by several Jewish money lenders, he became unable to repay the money he owed them, and as a result sent them into exile....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Concepts of Peace and Justice in Shakespeares Merchant of Venice

- The Concepts of Peace and Justice in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Portia’s defense of Antonio is considered a wonderful, noble deed. She is not considered the villain (that distinction falls to Shylock), but her deed, which is considered right, proper, and good by her fellow Venetians, is actually more reflective of the naughty world than the brightly lit candle. Shylock is a man that has been mocked, spat at, and reviled by Antonio and his coterie. When he is approached by Bassanio for the money, he sees his opportunity to take revenge upon Antonio, but almost as a representative of the society at large and not Antonio as an individual....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice One of the factors that make Shakespeare plays famous is its capability to appeal to wide range of audience. For example in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare brings up the question of religion, racism and morality for the intellectuals amongst the Elizabethans but for most off the groundlings and ill-educated it was a simply a battle between Christians and Jews in which the Jew (e.g. Shylock) should end up facing the heat of defeat in the climax....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Self Interest versus Love in The Merchant of Venice

- Self Interest versus Love in The Merchant of Venice While there are many fundamental themes in The Merchant of Venice, only one seems to drive the play to its inevitable conclusion. There is a constant theme of self interest versus love. On the surface, this seems to be the dividing factor between the Christians and the Jew, as Shylock is supposed to only care about money, profits, and such, while the rest of the cast value human relationships more. Men such as Antonio and Bassiano lend money without interest or even thought at times, and end up taking far more risks for those they care about....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Merchant of Venice Essay: Antonio's Love for Bassanio

- Antonio's Love for Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice       Antonio feels closer to Bassanio than any other character in The Merchant of Venice. Our first clue to this is in the first scene when, in conversation with Antonio, Solanio says, "Here comes Bassanio, your most noble kinsman, / Gratiano, and Lorenzo. Fare ye well: / We leave you now with better company" (i. i. 57-59). Once Antonio is alone with Bassanio, the conversation becomes more intimate, and Antonio offers an indebted Bassanio "My purse, my person, my extremest means" (137)....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Perspectives on Shylock from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

- Shylock is a character famously known as being the antagonist of Shakespeare’s play merchant of Venice. In this play, Shakespeare portrayal of Shylock the moneylender is one of anti-Semitic stereotype. Shylock is depicted as a typical bloodthirsty Jew who lives a life void of any depth or meaning. His sole purpose for living seems to be to amass wealth and vengeance as seen from his adamant claim for his “pound of flesh”. Despite Shakespeare’s attempts to humanize Shylock at points in the story, it appears that his primary focus is to steer the audience against Shylock, painting him as being a cruel, bitter and inaffable figure....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is a play about both love and hate. Shakespeare shows the theme of hate through the prejudice of both the Jews and the Christians and the theme of love amongst the Christian love of friendship and love of marriage. These themes are set in two different places: Belmont (where Portia lives) and Venice (where Shylock lives). Belmont symbolises love and Venice symbolises hate and because Belmont conquers Venice, love conquers hate....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote 'The Merchant of Venice' in about 1597. It was first performed by The Chamberlain's Men at the Theatre Shoreditch. The Merchant of Venice was in the repertory of Shakespeare's company before they took up residence at the Globe in 1599. The play was written as a comedy, but has become a serious drama. In order to answer the question it is vital to look at the pervading views of the society when it was first performed....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The ‘Merchant of Venice’ was written at a time when there was great prejudice towards the Jewish race. They were known for their intelligence, hard work and business acumen, which later led them to be mistreated and resented. They were made to wear distinctive clothing in order to be identified, and citizens of Venice could treat Jews in any way they wished. The Christian church also taught that Jews should be despised for their rejection of Jesus and that money lending was morally wrong....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Analysis of Shylock's Role in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In this essay, I will be examining one of Shakespeare’s most memorable and controversial characters, Shylock. Shylock is one of the main characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ He is often seen as a villain but some argue that he actually a victim. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play that explores revenge, love and prejudice. It follows a Jew called Shylock and a Christian called Antonio. Antonio borrows three thousand ducats from Shylock for his close friend Bassanio and makes a bond that says that in the case of forfeiture, Shylock can take a pound of flesh from any part of the body he w...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Portrayal of Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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- The Dehumanization of Shylock in Merchant of Venice In Susan Pharr's "The Common Elements of Oppression", she defines "the other" as the outcast of society, the ones who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how `against the grain' it may be, the ones who try the hardest to earn acceptance, yet never receive it. In Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", Shylock, the `villain' is portrayed as the other simply because of his faith, because he is Jewish in a predominantly Christian society....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago

- The Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago        Shakespeare's use of timeless themes make his works relevant to the modern reader.  His two plays "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" deal with the seeking of revenge and forbidden love.  In "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock, the main character, is a Jew who loans money and charges interest.  Shylock has an enemy named Antonio who also loans money to people, but without interest.  Iago is a character in "Othello" who has been passed over for a position as Othello's right hand man.  He feels that he deserves the position not the person who received it, Cassio.  Both of these characters want revenge from the people whom they per...   [tags: Othello, Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Men's Control in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Men's Control in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the scene opens to reveal a society controlled by men. Men, who live in the foreground of Venetian society, wield their power in business, government, and family life. In the background, women conduct their lives quietly. They are subservient to their husbands and fathers and are regarded as helpless and in need of male guidance in areas of decision making. Though in Shakespeare’s time such a societal structure was largely acceptable, the modern reader views the subjugation of women with aversion, and the ways in which Shakespeare presents the female characters in this play perhaps show t...   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice Essays]

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The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about the conflict between a Jew and a Christian. This is not between one Jew and one Christian but between Shylock, who stands as a representative of the Jewish tribe, and between groups of Christians who greatly outnumber the Jew. The conflict between Jews and Christians is a historical one. The Christians hated the Jews because they made money from usury; this was completely against the Christian beliefs of that time....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare

- The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare When Shakespeare wrote ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ there was a suggestion that he was competing with a very popular play ‘The Jew Of Malta’ written in 1589 by Christopher Marlowe. This play treats the Jew as an evil villain and a wicked ogre. Shakespeare is not entirely free from the idea that all usurers were Jews and therefore all Jews were evil, but he does also allow us to see Shylock as a human being who has himself been wronged....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare

- The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare - Victim or Villain. Who is Shylock. If you’ve heard of one of The Famous Shakespeare’s plays “The Merchant of Venice” then surely you’ve heard of the character “Shylock the Jew”, who is mostly well known for his meanness and his typical Jewish character. He is seen as both the victim and the villain in different parts of the play, but the question is, which of both is he really. I see Shylock as both victim and villain, and below I will explain how I have come to that conclusion....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by a Modern Audience Since the time of Shakespeare, The play “Merchant of Venice” has had a dramatic effect on the modern audience today. In the 16th century, Jews were completely disliked, & Jews were not allowed to live in England unless they had converted to Christianity. ====================================================================== Jews who practised their own religion were banned from England. To modern audiences, this is “Anti-Semitic”, so this play completely shows the worse part of Christians, from beginning to end....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare Sways Audience's Sympathies in The Merchant of Venice

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Merchant of Venice Essay: Triumph of Good over Evil

- The trial scene in the Merchant of Venice is the climax of the play as Shylock has taken Antonio to court, as he has not paid back the money he borrowed. Shylock wants the pound of flesh that is the forfeit of the bond concerning the money Antonio borrowed from him. Shylock’s main motivation for wanting this forfeit is as his daughter has stolen his money and run away, he is taking out his spite on Antonio and this blinds him as he does not watch what he is getting into during this scene From the point where Shylock enters the courtroom everyone opposing him is appealing for mercy for Antonio and this is what the scene demonstrates, a need for mercy....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes

- The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes Shylock's first scene in The Merchant of Venice is important because it sets the tone for the audience's view of him throughout the play. I have never seen the play performed, but it has been my experience that an audience will form an opinion of a character upon first seeing them. There are many different ways of portraying Shylock in his first scene. I will be focussing on portraying Shylock as a villain. I understand that his role is villainous, but various actors and directors have actually portrayed him differently....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Perhaps The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is neither pro-Jewish, nor pro-Christian, since the illustrations which show neither the Jew nor the Christian to be perfect are countless. After having suffered through The Merchant of Venice, and seeing how unjustly poor Shylock was treated by his Christian contemporaries, I can't help but wonder if Shakespeare was actually trying to show the world how hypocritical members of any religion could be, be it Jewish, Christian, or anything else....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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- When I first read The Merchant of Venice, I had a lot of mixed reactions. One of them, surprisingly enough, was that it was too short. How can this be. We all know that Shakespeare's plays are notoriously too long. In reading it over, I think this perception comes from a number of sources. One is the idea that the two story lines, that of Portia and her suitors and that of Shylock and his money-grubbing ways, are only loosely held together by the title character, Antonio. The other reason is that when we finally get to the trial scene, the supposed highlight of the play, we notice that the trial is only a very small part of the whole play....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Villainous Shylock

- Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot.   The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by complaining behind Launcelot's back of his laziness....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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- Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice Though many view Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as anti-Semitic, careful examination shows that the playwright actually develops the opposing point of view. These views can be easily established through a careful reading of the plays dialogue, character comparisons, and more subtly through indirect thematic developments by the playwright showing that on both simple and complex levels, Shakespeare attacks the anti-Semitic attitude that has been prevalent in society for centuries....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Aspects of The Merchant of Venice that are Meant to Evoke a Sympathetic Response

- Aspects of The Merchant of Venice that are Meant to Evoke a Sympathetic Response Although “The Merchant of Venice” is meant to be a comedy, there are aspects of it which are very serious and are meant to evoke a somewhat, sympathetic response from both Elizabethan and modern day audiences. The three characters; Jessica, Shylock and Antonio each had many moral dilemmas. These dilemmas vary from each character. Antonio’s first moral dilemma was agreeing to the bond with Shylock. This could have been classed as arrogance, in thinking Shylock would not stick to the bond after all Antonio had said to him in the past about his religion....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Two thousand years ago Jews were known as Hebrews or Israelites and lived in Israel. At the time their land was occupied by Romans who tried to crush the Jewish faith and culture. Due to this, Jewish people fled Israel to make new lives and Jewish communities in other countries. In these communities Jews were known for their intelligence and business sense which led to them being mistrusted and resented....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Theme of Prejudice in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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The Dramatic Contribution of Portia to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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- Anti Semetic Themes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice there is a clear clash of opinions between Antonio and Shylock. Most of the characters in the play are definitely against Shylock because he is Jewish. But is the message that Shakespeare is putting across saying that all people should hate Jewish people. I think that it could well be for these reasons. Firstly in the basic structure of the play, Shakespeare will always make subtle differences in the way he writes dialogue for each character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- The Charater of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice In his chapter “Shakespeare and Dissident Reading,” Alan Sinfield argues that viewing Shylock as anything but an evil villain is “achieved only by leaning, tendentiously, on the text” (Sinfield 1994, 6). This is an oversimplification of Shylock’s character as portrayed in The Merchant of Venice. Sinfield portrays Shylock as static and unchanging. However, emotions and portrayal of Shylock are not as forward as Sinfield claims. Constantly evolving, Shylock goes from being described as a human, with emotional pitfalls and grief, to being angry and vindictive, and portrayed as an animal....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about a rich Christian merchant who borrows money from a Jewish moneylender to help his friend in marriage. Antonio borrows money from Shylock because Bassanio, one of Antonio's best friends, needed the money to impress Portia of Belmont. Although Antonio is rich, all his money is tied up in his business of shipping "Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea". Portia comes from a wealthy family, in her fathers will he says only the person who chooses the right casket can ask Portia's hand in marriage "the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silve...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere throughout the play, which causes the audience to sympathize with Shylock. Shakespeare uses key events, and dialogue to influence the audience. At the time Shakespeare wrote his plays, and they were performed, the contemporary audience would have mainly consisted of Christians. Jews were often persecuted, as they were the minority. The Christian audience would have been quite arrogant, and Shakespeare would have had to pander to this audience, to make the play appeal to them....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock shows an almost double sided character, he appears to be a villain some times and then a victim at others. Although with this in mind I have come to believe that he is really a true villain that has only a few good attributes compared to many more evil ones. Shylock in the majority of the play is trying to find a way in which he can seek his revenge on Christians in particular Antonio to whom some of his first words are directed; "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him," By this he means that if he just gets one opportunity then he will...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- Bassanio and Portia in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice When we first meet Bassanio he is with his good friend Antonio asking for money. We learn that Antonio has previously lent money to Bassanio and he has wasted it by living beyond his means. Bassanio tells Antonio; ‘and by adventuring both I oft found both,’ meaning that if Antonio lends him the money he will use it to make his fortune and pay off both his debts. Perhaps to some degree Bassanio is using Antonio for his money; it seems unreasonable to ask for more before he has paid his previous debt....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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- The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Antagonist or Victim?                 In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock - a Jew. As the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villain and is portrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil.  Shylock can easily be assumed to be the antagonist in this play or, after careful research and study, he can also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge as a last resort after he has been pushed too far.   To fully understand the character of Shylock we must first look at Elizabeathen attitudes towards Jews.  In the sixteenth century Jews were rarely if ever seen in England.  In the Middle Ages Jews had fled t...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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- Noble and Worthy Jessica. While researching for this paper I reviewed numerous essays, assessments, and commentaries concerning The Merchant of Venice. One essay used the terms "noble" and "worthy" in relation to Jessica. The author stated that "sometimes what they [the characters of the play] 'sell out' for is worthy and shows them to be noble (Jessica for example)." The author goes on to say that Shylock's reasons for selling out "seem ignoble." Those statements really got me thinking, so I strolled over to my trusty dictionary to look up "noble" and "worthy." Noble--1....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]

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Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice During the play, Shakespeare illustrates Shylock's situation in such a way that the audience understands his villainous action towards Antonio is a result of victimisation. He is a victim of anti Semitism, including verbal abuse and even his own daughter insults him by robbing him and running away with a Christian and in the end he is a victim of not showing mercy and so suffers from that mistake. To find what makes up a classic Shakespearean villain one could look to Iago in "Othello"....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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