Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

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Portia of William Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare in which is a drama, it shows us mercy, love and forgiveness. In this essay I’m going to write about Portia in comparison to the other male characters in the play. Shakespeare has created some very interesting characters in Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock. Bassanio and Antonio are good friends and they like most characters in the play, dislike Shylock the Jew. They have a good reason for disliking Shylock as he paints a very negative image of the Elizabethans Jews. He is very selfish and greedy and his love of money is stronger then his love for his daughter, Jessica. For Example, when Jessica runs off to Genoa with Gratiano Shylock is more concerned with the money she is spending then her well being. He says to his friend, tubal that he, “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!” This perhaps is why he has such a bad reputation in Venice. Later in the play, we see another side to his character. In his dealings with Antonio and Bassanio, he proves to be very stubborn and determined in receiving his bond. He will not accept any money, as he will, “have my bond.” It seems that he wants revenge for the way he has been treated all his life, and by getting his, “pound of flesh,” at any cost will even kill a Christian to satisfy his revenge. Antonio is a more friendly, happy and kind type of character. He is a older then most of the characters in the play but is good friends with Bassanio. He is rich, generous and honorable, as he will offer to ... ... middle of paper ... ...re!” she proves to be the wisest of all those present by insisting shylock has a pound of flesh, but makes this impossible by stating: “If thou dost shed one drop of Christian blood, thy lands and goods are by the laws of Venice confiscate unto the state of Venice.” Shakespeare is very clever here as in this male dominated world, he gives the female the most power and control. This creates effective dramatic impact and establishes Portia as the heroin. In conclusion, Bassanio is a worthy husband for Portia simply because as she proves she is very competent at solving the problems of the city then surly she can select a man to be her husband. She has confidence in Bassanio and wants happiness in her life and the fact Bassanio declares his love and chooses the right caskets suggests he will make a worthy husband.
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