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Appearance vs. Reality in The Merchant of Venice - Appearance vs. Reality in The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice explores the theme of Appearance versus Reality. The theme is supported with many examples in the form of characters, events and objects. During the discussion of the bond, Shylock says to Antonio “ I would be friends with you and have your love” and “this kindness will I show”. He pretends to be Antonio’s friend, but he has an ulterior motive, which is to take a pound of Antonio’s flesh from whatever part of his body he pleases....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1066 words
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How The Characters In The Merc - People&#8217;s rewards are determined based on their actions. The fact that Shylock is not merciful to Antonio and that he is hateful towards the Christians, has resulted in him losing his possessions. Bassanio not only helps Antonio, but is also wise and being wed to Portia is his reward. Antonio gives money to Bassanio and is willing to die for his friend and his reward is his life. The particular actions and decisions made by Shylock, Antonio and Bassanio causes them to reap the benefits or misfortunes of their behavior....   [tags: essays research papers] 770 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Plot Structure - Show how the plot of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured. “The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock’s bond and the Lord of Belmont’s will than in Jack and the Beanstalk.” H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. This is one way of looking at the play, reading it or enjoying the performance. But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ might appear to be a romantic tale without much logic but that would be a superficial interpretation....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1628 words
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The Use of Mirroring in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - ... Bassanio needs to impress a rich heiress from Belmont, but unfortunately, he does not have the money to win a lady from a rich family as a wife, “O my Antonio, had I but the means to hold a rival place with one of them” (1.1.176-177). He does have a good friend Antonio, who is an international businessman and who is willing to borrow money for him to conquer a woman Bassanio compares to the Golden Fleece and notes that “many Jasons come in quest for her” (1.1.175). We can see that Bassanio is aiming at two birds with just one stone; he wants to solve all his financial problems by winning a rich woman at expense of his best friend....   [tags: wealth, borrowing, love]
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Othello and The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare - Tension is defined as “the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups, or countries that do not agree about something and may attack each other” (Macmillian Dictionary). Shakespeare seamlessly conveys tensions between different cultures in multiple plays through his expert use of language and ethnic knowledge. These tensions may result from the hatred between two races, two religions or two ideologies. Racial tensions are most pronounced in Shakespeare’s Othello and religious tensions are most prominent in The Merchant of Venice....   [tags: Racial & Religious Tension]
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Sexuality in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare - “...So long as men can breathe or eyes can see/So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.” So ends the famous Sonnet 18, possibly Shakespeare’s best-loved sonnet of all. Shakespeare’s fame today comes almost exclusively for his writing that deals with feelings of love. Sonnet 18. Romeo and Juliet. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hamlet and Ophelia and Antipholus and Luciana and Beatrice and Benedick and Antony and Cleopatra. All these examples of the guy falling in love with the girl and skipping off into the sunset with her....   [tags: hamlet, ophelia, viola]
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Comparison/Contrast: The Merchant of Venice and Richard III - In William Shakespeare’s tale of The Merchant of Venice and Richard III both plays show similar qualities as well as differences between the two plays. The Merchant of Venice and Richard III are similar in that both plays have women that are independent. These women are not afraid to speak up and lash out with hard words towards who they do not prefer. In the Merchant of Venice, Portia never gives up. She is a very strong character and goes as far as to dress as a man and pretends to be a lawyer in order to save Antonio....   [tags: powerful women, death, friendship]
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Shakespeare and Racism - William Shakespeare is the greatest playwright in the era of Renaissance of England. He was born in Stratford-on-Avon in 1564. Shakespeare spent his childhood in a rather affluent bourgeoisie. The boy went to the grammar school at Stratford and later he became an illustrious dramatist and poet in London. Shakespeare altogether creates 37 plays, two narrative poems and 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Shakespeare also is the remarkable humanist. He lived in a transition period that the feudalism started to disintegrate and the emerging bourgeoisie began its early rising....   [tags: European Literature] 1194 words
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The Nature of Contracts in The Merchant of Venice - The Nature of Contracts in The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice there are two major contract’s made, a contract is any promise or set of promises made by one party to another for the breach of which the law provides a remedy. The promise or promises may be express (either written or oral) or may be implied from circumstances. The first contract in the play that I discovered is one between Portia and her father. Nerissa telling Portia : “Your father was ever virtuous; and holy men at their death have good inspirations: therefore the lottery, that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver and lead, whereof who chooses his...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 511 words
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Essay on Justice vs. Morality in Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice - Justice vs. Morality in Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice   There are many similarities shared between Shakespeare's plays, "Measure for Measure", and "The Merchant of Venice".  The underlying theme of each work is well defined by the phrase "Justice without the temperance of mercy, is power misused".  I will support this claim by drawing upon some of the characters and situations that are consistent in each story. In each story a man's life depends on the interpretation, and sanctioning of justice.  In the, "Merchant of Venice", Antonio (who I believe represents mercy), had sealed a bond with Shylock offering a pound of his flesh for the loan of three thousand ducats.  Unfortuna...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Poetic Verse and Rhyme in The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is a comedy play about the love exploits of several Italian characters, told in an objective third-person point of view. The play is set in Venice, Italy during the Renaissance. The protagonist, Antonio, is a merchant of Venice who is affluent, well-respected, and sociable. The title supports the supposition that Antonio is the protagonist because it is termed The Merchant of Venice, indicating the story of the merchant. Antonio's best friend, Bassanio, is an impecunious romantic who borrows money on Antonio's credit to court the woman he loves....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 1822 words
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Shakespeare’s Presentation of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare’s Presentation of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s portrayal of Antonio in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is decidedly open to interpretation, as his melancholic nature is revealed at the start of the play and foreshadows his later bad luck, but a specific reasoning behind it is never given. For an Elizabethan audience, Antonio provides the perfect Christian protagonist to Shylock’s evil Jewish antagonist, although our modern reception of him is much more diverse and as such provides the audience with a greater sense of suspense concerning his fate, and enigma surrounding his personality....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1281 words
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Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice - Contemporary Issues in The Merchant of Venice     Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is still relevant today because it deals with issues which still affect us. Throughout the play a distinction is made between how things appear and how they are in reality.  The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations.  The first representation of this is Shylock's generosity with his money and eagerness to make friends with Antonio when he says, "I say, to buy his favour, I extend this friendship," when all he wants is to take a pound of Antonio's flesh and end his life, "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice - Anti-Semitism in"The Merchant of Venice" Anti-Semitism in "The Merchant of Venice" Throughout the play, "The Merchant of Venice" William Shakespeare portrays anti-Semitism through many of his characters. Audiences today may interpret the play to be offensive, where as people of Shakespeare’s time would have accepted the play as part of everyday life. The majority of London’s population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore it is an anti- Semitic play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 544 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: Universal Elements - The Universal Elements of Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice contains many themes and elements that are considered timeless or universal. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defines a timeless or universal element as a “representation of men in all ages and all times.” A universal element is relevant to the life of every human being – it is universal. The first major theme that plays an important role in the play is the Christians’ prejudice against the Jews. A second important theme is the attitude toward money....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 868 words
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soliloquies in the merchant of venice - “The Merchant of Venice” is a play that relies on soliloquies to advance the plot, create mood and atmosphere, and to develop character among all the actors. I am here to prove how this happens in two different soliloquies and show you why Shakespeare put them into the play. My first soliloquy is from Lancelot Gobbo and it is taken from Act 2 Scene 2.I know that Lancelot is a secondary character, but this speech is really important in the outcome of this scene. He is talking about if he should run away from his master, who just happens to be Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 726 words
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Antisemitism in the Middle Ages - In the year of 1492, most people instantly think of the Columbus’ discovery of the New World. But in the joy of the discovery of the New World also comes the tragedy of the Old World. The Spanish Inquisition was one of the darkest periods of time in Jewish history. Christianity’s view of other religions as inferior is portrayed in many well-known pieces of literature, including one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays, The Merchant of Venice. Towering over Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Merchant of Venice is the tragic figure of Shylock, a man who represents the treatment of the Jewish people in his time period....   [tags: Spanish Inquisition]
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The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice - The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice In 'The Merchant of Venice,' Shakespeare explores two different yet similar worlds. The world of Venice and the world of Belmont. These two worlds have many differences and some similarities. For example, Venice is a completely different setting compared with Belmont. Also, the characters in Venice are different but also similar to the ones in Belmont. Furthermore, the society in Veniceis different compared with the society in Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 864 words
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The Merchant of Venice - The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice was written in 1598 by William Shakespeare. The story is set in Elizabethan times, which was the sixteenth century. People back then were quite prejudiced towards any race that was not Christian. They would have hated Jews. When Shylock would come onto the stage, the audience would have just booed him back off. The Christians had their reasons for hating the Jews. The fact that they supposedly killed “Jesus” still angers many people today. Christians were resentful of their wealth....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2435 words
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Response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by a Modern Audience - Response to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by a Modern Audience Since the time of Shakespeare, The play “Merchant of Venice” has had a dramatic effect on the modern audience today. In the 16th century, Jews were completely disliked, & Jews were not allowed to live in England unless they had converted to Christianity. ====================================================================== Jews who practised their own religion were banned from England. To modern audiences, this is “Anti-Semitic”, so this play completely shows the worse part of Christians, from beginning to end....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1112 words
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Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice - Christians and Jews In The Merchant of Venice In the play 'The Merchant of Venice', which was originally entitled 'The Jew of Venice' when it was written in 1598, I very much believe that the relationship between Christians and Jews is a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other. This means that there is no one good party within the play and no evil party within the play. Both religious groups are as good or as bad as each at some part in the play. The play may have been written to portray the Christians as the good party in the play as at the time it was written England was very Anti-Semitic....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1709 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: Anti-Semitism - Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice Though many view Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice as anti-Semitic, careful examination shows that the playwright actually develops the opposing point of view. These views can be easily established through a careful reading of the plays dialogue, character comparisons, and more subtly through indirect thematic developments by the playwright showing that on both simple and complex levels, Shakespeare attacks the anti-Semitic attitude that has been prevalent in society for centuries....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 519 words
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Merchant of Venice: Comparison of the Marriage Plot and the Trial Plot - It is worthwhile to take a close look at the marriage and trial plots in The Merchant of Venice. The antagonists of the respective plots have similar goals; they seek access to power and privilege. However, the types of power they seek is very different. The methods they use of gaining power are also differ. Bassanio succeeds with his intent, but Shylock fails. Focusing on the before mentioned plots, one may draw some conclusions concerning the reasons of success and failure in this play. Let us look at the marriage plot....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 865 words
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Head v. Heart in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Head v. Heart in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The first problem posed in The Merchant of Venice is that of Antonio who is wondering the reasons for his feeling weary and down. Like a typical, well-respected Renaissance gentleman, Antonio goes about his predicament in an intelligent manner. He looks within himself, down to his centre of being to try and discover the rational meaning of his emotions - he searches to the very core of his soul. With clear objectives, Antonio uses his head and thinks philosophically....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1187 words
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Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Love Plot in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a play of both love and hate. The love plot begins to develop in Acts 1 and 2, as we are introduced to the leading characters of the play. Bassanio is a friend of Antonio, who is the merchant of the play’s title. Bassanio is a young man, and in the beginning of the play we are introduced his infantile character. We learn that he has spent all of his own money and aspires to regain his fortune by marrying the heiress, Portia....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 900 words
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Essay on Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice - The Character of Antonio in The Merchant Of Venice Antonio is a wealthy merchant in the city of Venice. Although central to the play, Antonio is portrayed by Shakespeare as an 'outcast'. It seems that Antonio is chronically depressed and is not involved in the social atmosphere that is thriving in Venice. "In sooth, I know not why I am so sad: It wearies me; you say it wearies you; But how I caught it. Found it, or came by it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn:"1 Along with Shylock, both men seem bitter and have difficulty in expressing their emotions....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 1085 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Depression of Antonio - The Depression of Antonio in Merchant of Venice   In the Merchant of Venice, we see a truly anti-Semitic play by Shakespeare.  However, we also see a tale of money (greed and generosity), love (heterosexual and homosexual), and emotion (joy and sadness).  The play revolves around Bassanio's love for Portia.  Bassanio needs money to play the suitor to Portia in "style".  His friend who loves him, Antonio, agrees to give him the money, but, because all of his money is invested in his merchant ships he must take a loan from the greedy Jew Shylock.  Shylock loans him the money in exchange for a pound of his flesh if he does not pay the loan back on time.  Bassanio wins Portia's hand, but,...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Responsibilities in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice The small and seemingly insignificant details in a story often hold together an entire theme of the work. This phenomenon is recognizable in the plays of William Shakespeare, as a speech or incident with a minor character can point the audience to a much larger truth about the work as a whole. The Merchant of Venice contains such a minor character, Lancelot, whose story gives a clue to the reader about the roles of the other characters in the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Merchant Venice essays] 1213 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is the story of a man who wishes to wed a woman, in order o do so he needs to borrow money from his good friend. The play is that of an anti-semitic one. The play is an anti-semitic one because the Jews are looked upon as evil and untrustworthy. For the entire play the Jew is never meant to look as a good person, and he is abused by almost everyone in the play. When the Jew does have his sympathetic lines, they were actually meant to be comedic....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 678 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice “The Merchant of Venice” is a Shakespeare play about Bassanio, an ambitious young man of Venice, asking his friend Antonio, a merchant of Venice, for a loan in order to enable him to woo Portia, a rich heiress in style. Antonio approach Shylock, a Jewish money-lender, who agrees to the loan only if Antonio undertakes to give him a pound of his flesh if he is unable to repay the money. Each character plays an important role in bringing out the various themes of the play....   [tags: Papers] 1172 words
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merchant of venice - The Merchant of Venice The play, ¡°The Merchant of Venice¡± by William Shakespeare has two main settings. One setting is Venice, a city where many businessmen live, a place, full of unhappy and unkind people. It a world of commercial and law. Shakespeare has portrayed Venice as the ¡°real¡± world. The other setting is Belmont, a city which houses a rich, happy society of beautiful people. Belmont is a fairy-tale world of music and love. In this play, it is evident that, good things happen in Belmont and not so pleasant events happen in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1384 words
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The Dramatic Contribution of Portia to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Dramatic Contribution of Portia to Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Works Cited Missing Portia's appearance in play, scenes: * Act 1 Scene 2 - Portia complains that her dead father's will prevents her from choosing her own husband. Nerissa recaps the will: potential husbands (suitors) must choose between 3 caskets of gold, silver and lead....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1053 words
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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Importance of the Law - The Importance of the Law in The Merchant of Venice        The link between Shakespeare and the law is not new; scholars have long realized that the legal discourse can lead to a better understanding of Shakespeare's works.  Yet, that the converse is also true: the study of Shakespeare can lead to a deeper understanding of the fundamental nature of law.  A play like The Merchant of Venice has a great deal to offer in the course of such a reading.  The action of the play is concerned with contract law, but issues of standing, moiety, precedent, and conveyance are also raised.  At the most fundamental level, though, the trial scene in Act IV illustrates the conflict between equity and the s...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice - Contemporary Themes of The Merchant of Venice One of the many elements that make up a classic, is that the book, novel or play can be read in any generation, decade, century or in any part of the globe at any time and have relevance to the reader. The themes of the work should be universal, so that the reader can take something and create a parallel to an event or situation in his or her own life. The Merchant of Venice has elements that make it a classic. The Merchant of Venice has many contemporary themes in it....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1000 words
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The Atypical Gender Roles in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - ... When Portia and Nerissa disguised themselves and men to save Antonio’s lives. They earned the respect of many important peers such as Shylock, Gratiano, Antonio, Salerio, the Duke, and their own husbands. This type of respect and honor is different and it would not have been given if they were women. The act of crossdressing defies the traditional roles of women in the Renaissance period and proves that women can also be resourceful and intelligent while being elegant and witty. In the same way, Portia’s transformation from a dutiful woman to a strong one opposes the portrait that society painted for her....   [tags: cross-dressing, transformation, power] 727 words
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Conflict and Painful Emotions - Conflict and painful emotion are required to categorize a work as a Drama. Oedipus Rex, Medea, Othello, and The Merchant of Venice, all emulate conflict and painful emotion. While all are categorized as drama, each has its own preoccupation and sensibility of time which it was produced. Oedipus Rex's conflict centers around the murder of Laius and the search for his murderer. After Laius's murder Oedipus took his place and began the hunt for the killer. A boy leads Oedipus to the blind prophet Tiresias who when asked by Oedipus who is the killer, responds "I say that you are Laius' murderer..." (Sophocles 13)....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 799 words
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Essay on Romantics and Merchants in The Merchant of Venice - Romantics and Merchants in The Merchant of Venice   Shakespeare's comedies usually follow a clearly defined pattern. He presents a conflict, and the characters eventually resolve the conflict in a relatively happy ending, which involves marrying off the hero and his entourage to the heroine and her companions, leaving the villain outside the "magic circle" of protagonists. In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is presented as the hero, and Shylock the villain, but neither is within the circle of marriages at the end of Act V....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Essay on the Vengeful and the Virtuous in William Shakespeare - The Vengeful and the Virtuous in Shakespeare Whether you hate your King, your Christian rival or a neighboring foe, if you're in a Shakespeare play then you will be punished.  In the first act of each play Shakespeare shows a conflict between two groups of people, one is vengeful the other virtuous.  After the conflict is introduced, the malignant characters have important parts of their lives taken away and in the end the ultimate penalties of each are inflicted.  All of the antagonists are left desolate in the end of the plays by either lost fortunes or their lives.  Shakespeare takes good care to give the protagonists of the plays much reward for being on the right side of the spectrum...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1227 words
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Homosexuality in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Homosexuality in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice With every great story line comes a theme. William Shakespeare created an art of intertwining often unrecognizable themes within his plays. In Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, one hidden theme is the idea of homosexuality. This theme might not have even been noticed until modern Shakespeare fans discovered them. According to Alan Bray’s book, Homosexuality in Renaissance England, “the modern image of ‘the homosexual’ cannot be applied to the early modern period, when homosexual behavior was viewed in terms of the sexual act and not an individual's broader identity.” (Columbia University Press)....   [tags: William Shakespeare Merchant Venice Essays]
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Background and Influence: Merchant of Venice - In England, during the lifetime of William Shakespeare, oppression was occurring against people of different races, ethnicities, and even genders. The religious conflicts stemmed from the differing translations of G-d's word. This created conflicts and segregation by religion, turning some people into aliens in their own country. The battles existed between Catholics, Jews, and Protestants although, for the majority of the time, the Protestants pitted the Jews and Catholics on the same side, against themselves....   [tags: World Literature] 1462 words
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The Importance of the Letter in Merchant of Venice - One of the most interesting passages in The Merchant of Venice is Antonio's letter to Bassanio (III.iii.314-320). A letter is such an awkward feature to represent on the stage, that the fact of a letter being read aloud in the course of a play is significant. And indeed, this letter captures many of the main features of the play's conflicts. Antonio does not waste any time in communicating bad news, "my ships have all miscarried"(314) he writes, meaning he is broke, but he does not want to press this point too forcibly, as he probably fears that his wealth is the only cause of Bassanio's friendship....   [tags: free essay writer] 676 words
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Stereotyping of Jews - In life, there is a common ground on which most every person can relate. At one time or another, we have all been promoters of or victims of the unremitting nature of stereotypes. According to the Webster’s dictionary, a stereotype is defined as “a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group.” Most stereotypes take on a negative form and are based on characteristics such as age, gender, race, status, and personal beliefs....   [tags: religion, discrimination]
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Biography of William Shakespeare and Review of The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare has influenced many individuals in extraordinary ways, and he will continue to do so as life prospers. The many plays created by him have taught the readers new morals towards life itself. Shakespeare’s literature ranges from poetry to plays that countless people have had the luxury of reading and enjoying. His plays show the viewpoints of most of his characters, such as the play The Merchant of Venice does. The thoughts that could have gone through his head are unimaginable, and make us think of how blessed he was to have such an astonishing gift....   [tags: literature, plays, critics, Shakespeare]
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Male Friendship in William Shakespeare´s The Merchant of Venice - ... The first scene where we are introduced to Antonio, he is speaking to his friends Salarino and Gratiano. He is a melancholy, distressed character who proclaims “I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano,—a stage where every man must play a part, and mine a sad one.” (Act 1, Scene 1, Page 4). This line becomes more important when Bassanio enters, and Gratiano and Salarino rush themselves away, knowing that Antonio would prefer to be with Bassanio alone. After they leave, Antonio presses Bassanio about the girl he is interested in....   [tags: Love, Relationship, Men] 570 words
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The Merchant of Venice by Williams Shakespeare - The real villain in The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is not a person, however an entire religion. In the city of Venice, Christianity was the dominant, main religion. Despite being a Christian, the people were corrupt, greedy, and selfish, where the needs of themselves were much more important than the needs of another human being, such as the Jews. Prejudice against Jews existed greatly in the society of Venice, however it existed way before the time period also. The Merchant of Venice was written within a time period (Around 1597) and culture in which prejudice against the Jews were common and pervasive....   [tags: christianity, villain, blood of jesus]
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Methods of Overcoming Prejudice in Society - Prejudice can be seen from an individual having biased opinions about a certain group, with very little knowledge. Prejudice can be defined in many ways, such as an attitude of how people think about others or people judging ignorantly. But to Gordon Allport, “Prejudice is a thinking ill of others without a sufficient warrant.". This is how prejudice is defined to an individual who is still witnessing this crisis. This person discovered that apart from the race, color, national origin or gender, people in today’s world, share an universally existing problem: “PREJUDICE”....   [tags: racism, prejudice, racial profiling] 1118 words
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Critique Of The Constancy Upon Women At The Time in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Critique Of The Constancy Upon Women At The Time in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the merchant of Venice Shakespeare has presented three main women characters. These three characters are, Portia, Jessica and Nerissa. Each of these characters come with a different area of society. Women in the time this was set, were not aloud to do anything. They were treated badly, and couldn't chose there own decisions. Shakespeare has made this play to show people in those days what it would be like if women had control of themselves....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 882 words
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Free Essays - The Merchant of Venice is Far from Perfect - Auden's Dystopia The Merchant of Venice is Far from Perfect In a perfect world, hatred would be without justice; love would be totally innocent. However, utopias like that are nonexistent; thus, one can easily look around, like Auden, and exclaim, "No hatred is totally without justification, no love is totally innocent." In The Merchant of Venice, there is an imperfect world, as well as a perfect world. The flawed world is the materialistic and bustling city of Venice. The impeccable world is the fairy-tale city of Belmont....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1394 words
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