Him being drunk in this scene allows Shakespeare to develop his character both positively and negatively through an example of malapropism. He mishears a question asked of him by Olivia and ultimately confuses the word ''lethargy'' with ''lechery.'' Although the result of this is comic, it is also quite a crude joke and is an example of 'bad comedy'. This shows that Toby has a rude, inappropriate side to him. The reader second guesses their first opinion of him and sees a selfish side to him, as he is drunk at his cousins funeral with no regards to other peoples feelings.
简析夏洛克在《威尼斯商人》中的人物形象 摘 要 众所周知，《威尼斯商人》是莎士比亚的最杰出作品之一。在这部喜剧中，夏洛克毫无疑问是一个具有独特个性，最生动和让人记忆深刻的角色。关于夏洛克是残忍的小丑似的犹太代表还是人性已被他所遭受的悲惨待遇摧毁的悲剧人物方面一直未得出一致的意见。正如古语所说：“一千个读者就有一千个哈姆雷特”。人们对夏洛克的看法也各有不同。本文从夏洛克的内心世界、生存的环境及所处时代特点进行了分析，得出夏洛克并不只是一个贪婪、奸诈、吝啬、残忍的高利贷商人的典型，他的悲剧形象也是当时社会的产物。在这部戏剧中，夏洛克是位具有多元性格的人：除了是个贪婪的高利贷商人还是个能忍耐、会自卫和值得同情的人。另外，文章分析了造成夏洛克多元性格的原因。 关 键 词：《威尼斯商人》，夏洛克，多元性格 On the Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Author：Ai Meifang Tutor：Huang Huan Abstract As we all know, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. In this comedy, Shylock is undoubtedly an image having a distinctive personality and the most vivid and memorable character. And no consensus has been reached on whether to read him as bloodthirsty bogeyman, a clownish Jewish stereotype, or a tragic figure whose sense of decency has been fractured by the woeful treatment he has got. As the old saying goes, “There are one thousand readers, one thousand Hamlets”. It is likely that the opinions about Shylock differ from person to person.
Supernaturalism is an outstanding romantic quality. It gives certain poems an eerie atmosphere by virtue of which the romantic poetry is often called the “renaissance of wonder”. Coleridge (1772-1834) is one of the greatest of romantic poets who touched lightly on all the keys of poetic expression, but he remains unequaled in one sphere of poetry – that is supernatural. Before Coleridge, supernatural element had applied in English literature (apart from drama) in the works of Horace Walpole, Mrs. Ann Radcliff and Monk Lewis. While planning a new volume of poems to be jointly written by Wordsworth and Coleridge, Coleridge undertook to deal with the supernatural.