lines of William Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’- “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad,” provides an apt introduction to the main protagonist-Antonio. It reveals that he is afflicted with a melancholy which he himself does not appear to understand. This first scene provides for a fair informative “exposition” of the play-that is, an appropriate identification of the characters and a subtle explanation of the situation. What is important about the setting of Venice in the 16th century and the ships
Antonio’s Character Traits In the play the Merchant of Venice there are many characters with interesting traits that play an important role. In particular, Antonio, the merchant has two roles, which depict two sides to him. They are a good friend and prejudicial. Antonio is a good friend because he will do everything for a friend in need. Bassanio, Antonio’s friend, asked him for money and Antonio said, “Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea Neither have I money nor commodity To raise a
Merchant of Venice Essay. - Alannah Grace. 'Interesting characters rather then profound themes lie at the heart of any Shakespearian play.' This statement is true for a number of reasons. Although themes are vitally important, characters are what are needed to identify with, otherwise the audience loses interest. Characters are needed for the audience to relate to so the play can be understood. Secondly, themes lie within the characters. Characters are what are required to carry the themes.
BOB Merchant of Venice Character trait essay on Shylock In the book " The merchant of Venice " Shylock the main character expresses different character traits like vengefulness. Shylock is vengeful to all people but Jews. Shylock is also greedy, all Shylock wants is Antonio's flesh. Lastly Shylock is hateful towards all non-Jews. Shylock shows a lot of vengefulness towards non-Jewish people like Antonio. For example in the book when Antonio can't come up with the money, Shylock gets
an attempt to closely examine and analyze the character of Shylock, a familiar name from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Shylock, in the play, is identified as a Jewish merchant who seems bent on preserving material wealth, and as seen in many of Shakespeare’s works, has been accorded the role of villain to play. However, Shylock is not the demon that is painted – colored by greed and jealousy, as all too soon we forget that these character faults are common among humans. Thus, in this
A TEACHER’S GUIDE TO THE SIGNET CLASSICS EDITION OF W I L L I AM S H A K E S PE AR E ’S THE MERCHANT OF VENICE By WENDY P COPE . WOODSTOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL, CHEROKEE COUNTY AND KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY, GEORGIA S E R I E S E D I T O R S W. GEIGER ELLIS, Ed.D., University of Georgia, Professor Emeritus and JEANNE M. MCGLINN, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Asheville Copyright © 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) For additional teacher’s manuals, catalogs, or descriptive brochures, please email
The Merchant of Venice is just one of the many famous works written by William Shakespeare. In this particular play two of the characters stand above the rest when it comes to their significance to the plot. In many ways, the characters Shylock and Portia are opposites, and it seems as if they were set in the play by Shakespeare to balance one another out. Due to the fact, however, that critics are so dazzled by Shylock, Portia seems to be cut short of the attention her character truly deserves.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE QUESTION 1: Compare the following characters: -Jessica and Portia -Shylock and Antonio -Bassanio and Lorenzo William Shakespeare portrayed many different characters throughout the play of The Merchant of Venice. Therefore, we are able to see the variety types of human being. Based on the play, we can compare the traits from major characters such as Jessica and Portia, Shylock and Antonio and Bassanio and Lorenzo. In the play, Portia is portrayed as a loyal
Racial and religious Others are represented in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Othello. In fact, K.W. Evans argues that the racial aspect in Othello is “the play’s dramatic focal point” (Evans 124). The representation of the Other presents many issues, offers the opportunity to ponder why Shakespeare evolved such characters, and questions the implications that entail to not only the play, but to civilization and human nature in general. The Other is first presented by Shakespeare in
Characteristics of Shakespearean Comedy By: Jenney Cheever When studying Shakespearean comedy, you will notice that there are several traits that are common to all of The Bard's comedic works. It is important to note that the term "comedy" didn't quite have the same meaning to Elizabethan audiences as it does today. While there is certainly quite a bit of humor to be found in Shakespeare's comedies, "comedy" generally referred to a light-hearted play with a happy ending, as opposed to his more