Situations only get worse for Antonio throughout the rest of the play, but finally in Act 5 we get a little glimpse of the true justice for Antonio. In Act 5 Antonio travels with his best friend Bassanio back to Belmont to meet Portia. Upon arriving Bassanio introduces Anotnio to Portia by saying “This is the man, This is Anotnio, to whomI am so infinitely bound” (Shakespeare 191). This gives Anotnio great pleasure to hear that Bassonio is so much indebted to him still, but Portia indicates that he too should be bound to Bassanio for what he did for him. Antonio replies “No more than I am well acquitted of “(Shakespeare 191).
The merchant, a Christian named Antonio, requested a loan of money to satisfy the desires of a friend, Bassanio. Antonio acquired this money from a money-lender, Shylock, who we soon question the generosity and kindness of this character when he demands a pound of Antonio’s flesh if he doesn’t repay the money to Shylock without interest, which is rare for Shylock. Both Michael Radford’s adaptation and Shakespeare’s play manipulates the audience to think two things. Shylock’s a villain or Shylock is in fact a victim because of the anti-Semitic Christians. Shakespeare and Radford made the spectators of the play/film give Shylock a chance.
My favorite parts of the play were when Benedick and Beatrice finally married and whatever scene the cops were in. The scene when Benedick and Beatrice really struck home to me because it proved to me that sometimes love can be hidden beneath some levels of harsh and cruel words. I also enjoyed the scene with the cops because I always got a good laugh out of whatever they said. I feel like they would have played a less significant role if Shakespeare had been directing the play,
Also, while accusing Abigail of being a harlot in Act III, he throws away his name, claiming “…To Danforth: A man will not cast away his good name. You surely know that.” (P. 1259). John feels that he is respected enough to be heard about his confession of adultery with Abigail, and claims that he would not carelessly throw away his good reputation without a reasonable cause. Early on in the play, Arthur Miller uses dramatic irony to show that John Proctor is a
The audience is initially memorized by the Brutus they love, and are grateful for the ‘honorable acts’ he committed. This element of coercion helps him achieve his intentions of blindsiding the people to all aspects of the truth. But no worries, Brutus’ kind friend Antony will be sure uncover all and nothing but the truth for the commoners to second guesses Brutus’ words. 2nd Textual Quotation: “If, then, that friend demands to know why I rose up against Caesar, this is my answer: it’s not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?...Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?
Shakespeare uses the character of Shylock to give us negative impression of the Jews. This gives us an idea of how much people used to dislike the Jews at the time of his writing. Act 1 Scene 3 is set in Venice and not Belmont, already from that piece of information, the audience can expect the scene to be something around the lines of trading, money and debt as Venice is a trading port. This scene in particular shows a strong contrast between the 2 religions. Firstly, right from the beginning of the scene, where Shylock, a Jew makes his first entrance in the whole play, Shakespeare presents him as the money-lender, the one that the Christians ask favour of and seems to have a superior status.
‘I’ll prove a tyrant to him. As for you, Say what you can; my false o’erweighs your true’ – How does Shakespeare present Angelo as cruel and hypocritical character in the play Measure for Measure? There are various aspects of Measure for Measure which leads to a difficulty in categorizing the play into a specific genre. Comedy is present throughout the play; however we are not confident entirely that it concludes with the harmony that is required of a comedy, making Measure for Measure a problem play. A main feature of a Shakespearean comedy play is the inclusion of a light, humorous tone.
Shakepeare’s use of the name “Bottom” adds humour and irony to the play, whilst ensuring the audience doesn’t take him too seriously. Throughout this scene there are various jokes made, for example, Quince wants to make Flute act the woman of the play. In reply, Flute argues, “Nay, faith, let not me play a woman: I have a beard coming.” However, Quince states “That’s all one: you shall play it in a mask.” A joke such as this would follow the humorous convention of a Shakespearean play, as the idea of the lead heroin having a beard seems both uncanny and implausible. Thus, Shakespeare uses the convention of a light, humorous tone within Act 1 through his characters and their role within the play. Shakespeare does this in order to add humour and irony to his slapstick play.
“Watch its bloody course”. He makes the audience realise that the play is a tragedy and Eddie cannot escape his destiny. He also introduces the main comments to the audience, “settle for half”, “The law is not a friendly idea “ which means he is saying make sure you do anything for your family, which relates to what Beatrice talks about when he is telling the story of Vinny Bolzano. He explains that Vinny had an uncle, who was staying with him. However his uncle was an illegal immigrant.
Social issues in Aristophanes comedy Introduction Comedy was derived from a Greek word komoidia, which means song. Aristotle argued that comedy was ultimately developed from song. With the introduction of comedy people did not grasp it quickly simply because no one took it seriously. Aristophanes is considered the best playwright of comedies in the classical literary period because of his comedies that are extant. Aristophanes, Eupolis, and Cratinus were among the best playwrights who ancient critics recognized for their literary works.