Merchant Of Venice Essays

  • Dramatic Impact of Role Reversal in Act 3 Scene 3 of 'The Merchant of Venice'

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    The title character, Barabas the Jew, is a complex character likely to provoke mixed reactions from the audience. The image of a Jew, in this play, being a greedy usurer was a common image in the English theatre. For a modern audience, however, the visible stereotyping of Jews, with its accompanying images of the destructive force of anti-Semitism, often offends the audience. Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is much like ‘The Jew of Malta’. Bassanio is in love with the rich heiress Portia and wants to travel to Belmont to woo her.

  • Shakespeare Comedy Essay

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    Aleeza Waxman The Merchant of Venice essay The author of The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, has transformed the literary world with tragic and comical plays. However, it has been long debated whether The Merchant of Venice should be identified as a tragedy or a comedy. Although few vague elements of tragedy are apparent in this play, The Merchant of Venice should be classified as a comedy because of happy endings, gender mix ups, and true love. One of the characteristics of a comedy is that it usually contains a resolution of conflict, which was reflected in the conclusion of The Merchant of Venice. “Happy endings” usually pertain to the protagonists, or the main characters, who survive or outlast misfortune.

  • Striking Impressions- Shylock Act 3 Scene 1

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    Within the comedic play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ William Shakespeare shows us an episode In Act 3 Scene 1 where we are presented with a discussion between the two Jewish characters: Shylock and Tubal. From this we see the priorities of Shylock, the Schadenfreude that Shylock displays and how Tubal mocks and Manipulates Shylock. These acts are all considered awful and would create shocking impressions of these characters. In this scene we can clearly see how the idea of wealth is very important to Shylock. We know this because of the line ‘I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear: would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin’.

  • Is shylock portrayed as victim or villain in the play The Merchant of Venice?

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    But the event renewed the people’s hatred for the Jewish people. It is said that Shakespeare fed off of that hatred and gave it the character ’Shylock’ in the famous play ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The play is about a merchant, named Antonio, who wants to help his love-struck best friend, Bassanio court the woman he loves by lending him money to pay for her gifts but, Antonio has put all his money into over-seas ventures. So instead of lending him money Antonio said Bassanio could use his credit. Bassanio asked to lend the money from Shylock, a Jewish usurer.

  • Character Analysis of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

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    As the title suggests, this essay is 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 paper, I shall attempt to closely view Shylock in a non-judgmental light in order to consider carefully how this exceedingly complex character is played out. My first concern is to address exactly the manner in which Shylock is portrayed as a character.

  • Th Merchant of Venice : Shylock

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    Ellis1 Jamar Ellis Ms. Dobson-Efpatridis ENG 2D1 November 13, 2014 The Truth About Shylock The Jew A complex character is one that is more than one-dimensional. He/she changes attitudes and behaviors to suit different situations. In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is defined as a complex character because throughout the novel he has been portrayed as a Victim. First, Shylock may appear cruel and bitter but his behavior is really the result of someone being good. Second , Jessica ends up leaving her father Shylock for a Christian guy she loves.

  • shylock- victim or villain

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    Shakespeare’s The merchant of Venice Shylock- Victim or villain? Throughout the play, Shylock is presented as both a victim and a villain in different situations. The merchant of Venice is a play set in the 1500 when Venice was a major city of trading. Where Jews were mocked for their believes, and Christians were considered superior. Bassanio needs a loan from Antonio to travel to Belmont and meet the rich, beautiful Portia.

  • Tone of the Characters in 'Macbeth' and 'The Merchant of Venice'

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    How does Shakespeare craft the character’s tone of voice in order to encourage the characters tone of voice? Through Shakespeare’s play Macbeth (a bloodthirsty tale of ambition) and Merchant of Venice (comedy and near tragedy) Shakespeare crafts the characters tone of voice by many techniques such as their dialogues. Merchant and Venice was written in 1596 or 1567, it is set in Venice’s Italian setting and marriage plot and Shakespeare first great heroine and the unforgettable villain Shylock elevate this play to a new level. The basic plot outline with the characters of the merchant, poor suitor, fair lady and a villainous Jew. Jews in Shakespeare’s England would have been familiar with portrayals of Jews as villains and main source of mockery.

  • Twelfth Night Characters Analysis

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    Study Guides Hamlet Julius Caesar King Henry IV King Lear Macbeth Merchant of Venice Othello Romeo and Juliet The Tempest Twelfth Night Trivia Authorship Bard Facts Bibliography Biography FAQ Films Globe Theatre Pictures Quiz Timeline Visitor Survey Click here! Twelfth Night characters analysis features noted Shakespeare scholar William Hazlitt's famous critical essay about Twelfth Night's characters. THIS is justly considered as one of the most delightful of Shakespear's comedies. It is full of sweetness and pleasantry. It is perhaps too good-natured for comedy.

  • Portia: The Merchant Of Venice

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    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. As a matter of fact Portia plays just as much of a prominent role in the play as Shylock, if not more.

  • The Merchant of Venice (Essay)

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    Essay B – The Merchant of Venice “The Merchant of Venice” is a comedy play written by William Shakespeare in 1596-97. As most of Shakespeare’s plays, this is a universal play – the themes are still relevant. A Venetian merchant, Antonio, complains to his friend, Bassanio, of a sadness that he is unable to explain. Bassanio needs money in his try to win the wealthy heiress, Portia, who lives in the city of Belmont. Bassanio is desperate.

  • The Merchant of Venice

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    4/7/2014 The Merchant of Venice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Merchant of Venice From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This article is about Shakespeare's play. For other uses, see The Merchant of Venice (disambiguation). The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as acomedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylockand the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech.

  • The Merchant of Venice

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    Consider the role and presentation of Shylock in the play. How might an audience respond to him, would the original audience in the 1600's feel the same about this character and if no then why not? The Merchant of Venice is about Shylock, a Jewish money lender trying to survive and make a living in a country which despises him and his kind. Throughout the play there is a strong theme of prejudice. Portia has to deal with prejudice against her gender, the Prince of Morocco has to cope with prejudice against his race but the character that is most discriminated against is Shylock.

  • The Merchant of Venice

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    Merchant of Venice’ by Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice, a play by William Shakespeare written from 1596 to 1598 is most remembered for its dramatic scenes inspired by its main character Shylock. However, merchant Antonio, instead of the Jewish moneylender Shylock, is the play’s most famous character. Although frequently staged today, the play presents a great deal of controversy due to its central anti-Semitic themes. In actual fact, the play holds a strong stance on anti-Semitism. Over the Elizabethan era English society had been regarded as anti-Semitic until the rule of Oliver Cromwell.

  • Comedy Is a Tragedy That Has Been Interrupted

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    Tragedy then is the opposite of this. Tragedies tell of the downfall of a character, usually with Shakespeare this person was someone of high status such as a King or someone with power, and they begin on a happy note and end, frequently, in death. Tragedies were thought better suited for the upper classes because they were thought to need intelligence to understand them as they were more serious plays. The two comedy plays I shall look at in detail for this essay are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. I shall refer continually to the statement that comedy is a tragedy interrupted and discuss this with reference to the two plays.

  • The Merchant Of Venice

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    Prompt: In what ways does the last scene draw together the central concerns of the play? Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” has long been revered for its clever and witty use of language but it is Shakespeare’s handling of the central concerns of the play that earn him the highest regard. The play delves somewhat playfully into issues of friendship, fortune, faithfulness, and family, while weaving in weightier matters such as hatred, greed and vengeance. While these issues are largely resolved in the trial scene, the contrasting values of love, generosity, and keeping ones word become the final messages of the play. The final scene set in serene Belmont, opens with Lorenzo and Jessica’s playful banter.

  • Prejudice in 'The Merchant of Venice'

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    “The Merchant of Venice” is a compelling and though-provoking comedy by William Shakespeare. The theme of prejudice is highlighted through the plot, subplot, structure and characters. I found this play a gripping and engaging tale. “The Merchant of Venice” is set in Venice, Italy, during the late 1500s. It is about Antonio, the merchant, who lends his friend Bassanio money so that he can go and meet his love, Portia, who stays in Belmont.

  • The Timeless Quality of 'The Merchant of Venice'

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    Despite being written in the late sixteenth century, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a timeless piece and provides great themes to be analyzed for purposes of a book report. The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's less popular comedies, having been plagued in recent times with complaints of anti-Semitic themes. The summary of this really has to do with the character Shylock, a caricature of a greedy, Jewish money-lender. The two main characters of the story are a Venetian merchant, Antonio, and his Bassanio, who is in love with a wealthy heiress named Portia. Bassanio wants to propose to Portia but needs money to travel and appear worthy of her.

  • The Merchant of Venice

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    2. Roy Booth, “ Shylock’s Sober House.” (Available on my pen drive) 3. Peter Berek, “The Jew as Renaissance Man.” (Available on my pen drive) Date: The Merchant of Venice is a tragic comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, like the one in which Shylock famously says, 'Hath not a Jew eyes?' Theme: Critic Katharine Eisaman Maus in her “Introduction” to the Norton edition raises the question whether it’s an anti-Semitic play, or criticizes anti-Semitism?

  • The Relationship Between Antonio and Bassanio – a Controversy

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    Although male friendships in the Elizabethan times were significantly intimate, Shakespeare subtly hints that the connection between Antonio and Bassanio is deeper than what meets the eye. In the beginning of the play, Bassanio approaches Antonio for money in order to woo Portia, an heiress from Venice. Bassanio is normally wealthy and is of a noble house. Unfortunately, he spends his money impulsively and ultimately ends up broke. Although Antonio himself is short of money, he helps Bassanio with his financial crisis anyway, saying to him, Within the eye of honour, be assured.