The Two Worlds of Venice and Belmont Depicted in Shakespear's The Merchant of Venice

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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. First of all Venice is an entirely different setting when compared with Belmont. Venice is a city which is located on the sea coast in the north of Italy. Its main streets are actually canals and the only vehicles available are boats. In the sixteenth century, Venice was the centre for international trade. It exported and imported goods from all around the world and mainly by sea. However, this was perilous as an unexpected storm could easily wreck a ship and drown the cargo. Antonio encountered this problem in the play which leads to him almost losing his life. 'Antonio hath a ship of rich lading wrecked on the Narrow Seas' (Act 3 Scene 1 Line 2-3). Belmont on the other hand is a place of romance and music and is a good setting for the casket story. Compared with Venice Belmont is very peaceful probably because there isn't trading from abroad. 'Moonlight and music emphasize the tranquillity of Belmont,' Secondly, the Merchant of Venice consists of two different stories. The bond story and the casket story. The bond story is a dramatic story about hatred and prejudice and features intense hatred between Christia... ... middle of paper ... ...ch means that Shylock must have loved someone. Therefore, Antonio is the only character left that is isolated. In conclusion, Venice and Belmont are two very different worlds with different societies and people. Overall, if you compare the characters of Belmont with the characters of Venice you will find that they are not very similar probably because they were brought up in different societies. Furthermore, the two central characters Antonio are both left unsatisfied. This is because in the end Antonio didn't find anyone to love and marry and Shylock didn't get his revenge on Antonio. The main reason why Antonio can't find love is probably because he is too busy in his trading and business. On the other hand Shylock can't be part of Venetian society because he is a Jew so they are both similar from this perspective.

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