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- The Merchant of Venice is a controversial play among experts of Shakespeare. This play has been argued by some to be a comedy. This is because there is a lot of comic relief and the story has a happy ending. Others consider the play to be a tragedy because of Shylock?s character.
- 1), this shows that money and wealth has not brought happiness to this man. Shylock, a wealthy businessman who lives in Venice is not happy because he is an outsider and he is treated badly because of his Jewish religion.
- Why must we label some women s jobs while men s aren t? A basketball team needs to be changed to the women s basketball team when women participate. Women operate as the other in society, many being unacknowledged and treated as such. Judging by some of Shakespeare s works, it seems this same social placement existed in his time.
- 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.
- Quickly, Antonio’s good friend, Bassanio, appears to ask if he may borrow 3, ducats so that he may ask the wealthy Portia to marry him. This marriage would also ensure that Bassanio could repay all of the interest free debts he owes to Antonio.
- The Medici of FlorenceJason N WesselsHST 403, Mr ReedHarris-Stowe State College, Spring 1998 1Introduction The Medici Family ruled over Florence for four generations at the center of the Italian Renaissance. They commissioned some of the world’s most celebrated works of art , and propelled Italian thought and philosophy to new heights.
- The word kind can be defined as sympathetic and generous or natural, following one s nature. The term mercy combines these ideas into a fitting idea in the play. Mercy can be defined as kind and considerate treatment that you show someone, especially when you forgive them or do not punish them.
- His vanity is shown when he decides to go straight to the caskets, before getting to know Portia better. Greed is shown when he chooses the gold casket because it is ?ten times? more valued than the silver or the gold. The silver casket represents what many men deserve.
- To explain the differences and similarities between the Hebrew Passover and the Christian Eucharist we must first compare and research.. The Eucharist is the blessed sacrament in which our Lord, Jesus Christ is truly present under the bread (his body), and the wine (his blood).
- The bond between the two men was so strong that either man would willingly agree to such a deal. This willingness to die for a loved one is not unique to this play. I ll give you an example you can relate to.
- Merchant of Venice Essay Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainousacts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevatingthemselves. Many people may only act “villainous” in reaction to the way theyhave been treated in the past.
- At the opening of the play three characters are on stage, Antonio, Salerio, and Solanio. Through the dialogue, Salerio informs the audience of Antonio’s ships: "Your mind is tossing on the ocean/There where your argosies [ i.
- At the time when Shakespeare wrote the play, The Merchant Of Venice, people s feelings and views towards other races and societies would have been very different to the views in the world we live in today. People would not have been politically correct and they would not have been ashamed of the fact that they were prejudice.
- Portia is one of Shakespeare’s great heroines, whose beauty, lively intelligence, quick wit, and high moral seriousness have blossomed in a society of wealth and freedom. She is known throughout the world for her beauty and virtue, and she is able to handle any situation with her sharp wit.
- The Shakespearean theaters were very different from the ones today. The public theaters where circular buildings with a courtyard in the middle that had no roof. The penny seats, where located in the Yard (Pit) “I hadn?t minded the people in the yard.
- Bassanio wishes to borrow 3, ducats from Antonio so that he may journey to Belmont and ask the beautiful and wealthy Portia to marry him. Antonio borrows the money from Shylock, and knowing he will soon have several ships in port, agrees to part with a pound of flesh if the loan is not repaid within three months.
- 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.
- 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.
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- Richard II, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, As You Like It, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night , and The Merry Wives of Windsor.