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Essay on Variety in The Merchant's Tale

- Use of Variety in The Merchant's Tale   The Merchant's Tale tells the story of an old man searching for a wife and finding one, who is ultimately unfaithful to him. Chaucer uses a variety of elements in the poem to show his knowledge of contemporary interests and his story telling capacity through another figure. Irony flows through the poem, laced with allusions to the Bible. Chaucer's use of his astronomical knowledge not only allows modern day scholars to date events, but also adds another dimension of interest for the contemporary audience and of course, the pilgrims....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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The Wanton Cynic in The Merchant's Tale

- The Wanton Cynic in The Merchant's Tale The Merchant's Prologue and Tale presents the darkest side of Chaucer's discussion on marriage. Playing off both the satire of the moral philosopher, the Clerk, and the marital stage set by the Wyf of Bathe, the Merchant comes forth with his angry disgust about his own marital fate. Disillusioned and depraved, the Merchant crafts a tale with a main character who parallels his own prevarication and blind reductionism while he simultaneously tries to validate his own wanton life by selling his belief to the other pilgrims....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Merchant's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Merchant's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Prologue to the Merchant's Tale: The merchant claims that he knows nothing of long-suffering wives. Rather, if his wife were to marry the devil, she would overmatch even him. The Merchant claims that there is a great difference between Griselde's exceptional obedience and his wife's more common cruelty. The Merchant has been married two months and has loathed every minute of it. The Host asks the Merchant to tell a tale of his horrid wife....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - The Modern and Mediaeval Merchant's Tale

- The Modern and Mediaeval Merchant's Tale   "The Merchant's Prologue and Tale" is mainly concerned with the infidelity of May while she is married to Januarie. Infidelity is undoubtedly a popular topic for discussion in modern times and is often the subject of magazine or television stories. Despite the concern with marriage and the status of men and women within such a relationship keeping the story applicable to the audience even more than 600 years later, there are many elements of the Prologue and Tale which root them in a mediaeval context....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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Vision, Truth, and Genre in the Merchant's Tale

- Vision, Truth, and Genre in the Merchant's Tale     In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which gives them greater powers of perception but also causes their expulsion from Paradise. The story creates a link between clear vision and the ability to perceive the truth‹which, in this case, causes mankind to fall from a state of blissful ignorance to one of miserable knowledge. In the Merchant's Tale, vision and truth do not enjoy such an easy relationship....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Effective Use of Menace in The Merchant's Tale

- Effective Use of Menace in The Merchant's Tale Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Merchant's Tale" uses menace to reinforce many of the themes within the Tale and it is present in more areas than simply Januarie. There is menacing imagery adding tension to the Tale and the way in which the Tale is written often reiterates that. Menaces comes through more than plain threat, it is evident in such ideas as Januarie's inappropriate search for a wife. The way in which Januarie bases his search for a wife on concern for his own salvation and economic interests is menacing as it is a foreboding image for the rest of the marriage....   [tags: Merchant's Tale Essays]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Marriage as Portrayed in Merchant's Prologue and Tale

- Marriage as Portrayed in The Merchants Prologue and Tale   The story of Januarie's marriage to May and her subsequent infidelity with Damyan allows for not only Chaucer's view of marriage to come through, but also includes the opinions of contemporary writers. Chaucer allows his views to be made known as the narrator and his views could also be said to infiltrate the speeches of the Merchant. Justinus and Placebo's views are also accounted for as the fictional characters also air their opinions on the institution of marriage....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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A Comaprison of the Miller's Tale and Merchant's Tale

- Comparing Miller's Tale and Merchant's Tale Alison in the Miller's Tale and May of the Merchant's Tale are similar in several ways. Both are young women who have married men much older than themselves. They both become involved with young, manipulative men. They also conspire to and do cuckold their husbands. This is not what marriage is about and it is demonstrated in both tales. What makes the Miller's Tale bawdy comedy and the Merchant's tale bitter satire is in the characterization....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Women in the Merchant's Tale and the Manciple's Tale

- Women in the Merchant's Tale and the Manciple's Tale       The Wife of Bath's extraordinary prologue gives the reader a dose of what is sometimes missing in early male-written literature: glimpses of female subjectivity. Women in medieval literature are often silent and passive, to the extent that cuckolding is often seen as something one man (the adulterer) does to another (the husband). Eve Sedgwick argues in Between Men that in many literary representations, women are playing pieces or playing fields in struggles between male players....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Human Nature and Human Folly in the Merchant's Tale

- How effectively does Chaucer depict human nature and human folly in the Merchant's tale. "Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today" ============================================================== January our main character of this tale shows a resemblance to this quotation, particularly in how it effects his behavior. What the late James Dean is trying to tell us simply is that try and make each day count, and never waste a minute because you could drop down dead. Now for most this appears to be a little dramatic lets say, but for January who has already outlived his peers and now sits at a grand age then it all becomes relevant....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing Relationship between Teller and Tale in The Merchant’s Tale and The Wife of Bathe

- Relationship between Teller and Tale in The Merchant’s Tale and The Wife of Bathe A relationship is usually seen between the teller of a tale and the tale that he or she decides to share. Chaucer’s pilgrim, the Merchant, uses his feelings on marriage to teach a lesson in his tale. The Wife of Bathe also relies on her life experience to tell her tale. The two relationships in the tales can then be compared. In his prologue, the Merchant recounts how he despises being married. He has only been married for two months and he regrets the decision he made because his wife is the worst of all....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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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]

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Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

- Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Shylock is certainly an interesting character made even more intriguing by Shakespeare's portrayal of him. Much before the twentieth century, anti-Semitism was rife and The Merchant of Venice is a curious tale, as we are able to see how Jews were viewed in the late 1500s - especially as Shakespeare's depiction was at odds with the accepted anti-Jewish prejudiced views in that he considers both sides of the argument....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Power of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

- The Power of The Winter's Tale        Many of Shakespeare's later plays broke with customs of genre. The Merchant of Venice has all the elements of a comedy, but deals with very grave matters and ends ambiguously. Pericles foreshadows the novel in its romantic plot and use of narration. Such plays challenged prevalent Renaissance literary theory which demanded fairly strict adherence to classical values of realism and unity. The Winter's Tale is a self-conscious violation of these expectations, and a jibe at the assumptions behind them....   [tags: Shakespeare Winter's Tale Essays]

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Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale

- Summary and Analysis of The Squire's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Epilogue to the Merchant's Tale and Prologue to the Squire's Tale: The Host laments the Merchant's tale, praying that he would never find such a terrible wife. The Host admits that he also has a wife that he laments marrying. He advises the Squire to tell a tale next. The Squire's Tale is not complete, ending after only six hundred lines. The Squire's Tale: The Squire tells the tale of Cambyuskan, the king of Sarai in Tartary. With his wife Elpheta he had two sons, Algarsyf and Cambalo, and a daughter Canacee....   [tags: Canterbury Tales The Squire's Tale Essays]

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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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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]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman's Tale

- The Canterbury Tales, - Biblical Allusions in The Shipman’s Tale There is no doubting Chaucer’s mastery at paroemia; that his adaptations of his many and varied sources transcended their roots is attested by the fact that, unlike many of his contemporaries or authorities, his works have not “passen as dooth a shadwe upon the wal”[1]. Yet while his skill as a medieval author is undisputed, the extent of his subtlety is not always fully appreciated. In The Canterbury Tales, for instance, while some tales were rapid in drawing academic interest and scholarly interpretations, others were quickly dismissed as ribald tales, as simple fabliaux hardly worthy of more than a cursory examination....   [tags: Chaucer Shipman's Tale Essays]

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The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice

- The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Victim or villain. These two words are the total opposites of each other. A victim is someone that 'we' in general should, or may, feel sorry for and attempt to sympathise or empathise with. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. The best example of this I feel is pantomime. The victims or heroes are clear-cut and the audience willingly cheers them. But as soon as the villain walks on stage he is hissed and booed, unfortunately it is not as simple as this in 'The Merchant of Venice' and how the audience react to the characters is all important in making the distinction between victim or vill...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice, a tragic- comedy written in the late 16th century by the greatest known English author, William Shakespeare. This is a tale set in the heart of Venice, amongst the Venetian Christians and Jews. The history of the Jews is marked by terrible hardship and atrocities; Jewish people kept up their customs and religion formed tight knit communities and became known for their intelligent hard work and business expertise....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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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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Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

- Portia's Power in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice exemplifies a principle that is as unfortunately true in our time as it was in his - he who has money also has love, sex, and above all, power. In this case, the use of 'he' is deliberate; 'she,' in the Elizabethan era, rarely had either financial independence or much control over the course of her life. Portia, the deceitful heroine of the play, is a major exception. To put it bluntly, Portia is enormously rich....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Essay on Death and Love in The Merchant of Venice

- Death and Love in The Merchant of Venice        Everyone loves a martyr. He's that guy who not only suffered but died for his cause, his passion, his love. Bassanio may not be the most worthy cause to die for, but in Act IV of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is resigned to do so. In his final words before Shylock is set to extract his pound of flesh, Antonio has abandoned efforts to prevent his punishment and assures Bassanio that the deed must be done for the benefit of all. Despite the grisly and morbid nature of the procedure, Antonio has many reasons to die under such circumstances....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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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]

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The Complex Character of the Merchant in The Canterbury Tales

- Sometimes a character is not fully revealed right away in order to surprise and convey a specific purpose later on. Chaucer demonstrates this idea in The Canterbury Tales, specifically with the Merchant character. In the General Prologue, Chaucer portrays the Merchant as a respectable character; however, he hints aspects of the Merchants personality that question this respectable image. The Merchant’s entire personality is later revealed in his Prologue and Tale, as it is made evident of his cynical and pessimistic outlook, making him less respectful....   [tags: The Canterbury Tales]

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Geoffrey Chaucer's The Shipman's Tale

- ... In turn, the monk saw the wife’s condition and inquired as to whether or not she was ok. He asked her if she was kept up all night having sex with the merchant. In response, the wife admitted that she no longer had any lust for her husband. Wanting to know the whole story, John promised to keep it a secret and the wife then proceeded to tell him more. She said that her husband was the worst man to ever exist since the world began. She also admits that she owes a debt of 100 francs and asks the monk for the money instead of humiliatingly asking her husband....   [tags: story analysis, influential English works]

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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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Merchant & A Midsummer Nights

- Merchant & A Midsummer Nights A Product of Society. It is hard to determine whether or not Shakespearean comedy is clearly a product of Elizabethan courtly society. It can be said that the answer to that question is both yes and no. It is apparent in The Merchant of Venice that Shakespeare’s writing was strongly influenced by the society surrounding him while A Midsummer Nights Dream is much less realistic and so original that one might think he came from another time period all together. In The Merchant of Venice there are countless examples of how Shakespeare’s works were a product of society....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Marriage and Women in the Merchant's Prologue of Canterbury Tales

- Marriage and Women in the Merchant's Prologue of Canterbury Tales 'The Merchant's Tale' is part of the Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories loosely linked together. Through these poems Chaucer provides an insight into the attitudes, weaknesses, virtues and preoccupation of English men and women of the Fourteenth Century. Chaucer imagines a group of pilgrims, setting off from the Tabard Inn on a journey from London to the shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury. In order to pass time, the pilgrims tell each other stories; in this case we are told 'The Merchant's Tale'....   [tags: Papers]

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Mixed Feminine Message in Wife of Bath's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

- Mixed Feminine Message in Wife of Bath's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer In the Wife of Bath’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, various women, such as the Queen and the old hag, stake their claim to authority over men. Yet, they do so in a very covert manner. The knight has clearly abused his male power. He is a rapist. With the help of women, however, he is rehabilitated and seems to achieve the ultimate happiness. When these women support the feminist viewpoint that women should have mastery over their husbands, they are also echoing the sentiments the Wife of Bath presents in her prologue....   [tags: Wife Bath Tale Geoffrey Chaucer Essays]

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William Chaucer 's The Miller 's Tale

- During the 14th century an extreme change took place in society, and a middle class arose between the higher class of nobility and the working class of the commoners (Reid). This significant change caused a median between the two classes, whereas before the higher class and lower class were totally separated from each other. Before the middle class, the upper class looked down upon the commoners, but the establishment of the middle class formed a happy medium where the people could relate to both classes....   [tags: Middle class, Working class, Upper class]

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Summary and Analysis of The Shipman's Tale (The Canterbury Tales)

- Summary and Analysis of The Shipman's Tale (The Canterbury Tales) Introduction to the Shipman's Tale: The Host asks the priest to tell a tale, but the Shipman interrupts, insisting that he will tell the next tale. He says that he will not tell a tale of physics or law or philosophy, but rather a more modest story. The Shipman's Tale: A merchant at St. Denis foolishly took a desirable woman for a wife who drained his income by demanding clothes and other fine array to make her appear even more beautiful....   [tags: Canterbury Tales Analysis Essays]

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The Origin Tale Of The African American Population

- The origin tale of the African American population in the American soil reveals a narrative of a diasporic faction that endeavored brutal sufferings to attain fundamental human rights. Captured and forcefully transported in unbearable conditions over the Atlantic Ocean to the New World, a staggering number of Africans were destined to barbaric slavery as a result of the increasing demand of labor in Brazil and the Caribbean. African slaves endured abominable conditions, merged various cultures to construct a blended society that pillared them through the physical and psychological hardships, and hungered for their freedom and recognition....   [tags: Slavery, Atlantic slave trade]

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`` Lucky Accidents `` By The Grimm Brothers

- “And so the little tailor was and always remained king.” Such an ending, from “Brave Little Tailor”, a folktale collected by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, is the perfect ending for any heroic figure. This tale originates from oral tradition, existing from pre-16th century times (Ashliman), mainly in the Germanic and East European area (Heiner), and is considered to be the folktale narrative type 1640, “Lucky Accidents”, with traces of other narrative motifs. It has also been found in different areas around the world, mainly in the Europe, but also in the Americas and Asia....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Fairy tale]

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The Tell-Tale Heart by Edger Allen Poe

- Edger Allen Poe was born to traveling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809. Poe was the second of three children in his family. Three years of Poe’s birth both of his parents had died, and he was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia while Poe’s siblings went to live with other families (Life). He was a very talented writer at a young age. By the age of thirteen, Poe wrote enough poetry to publish a book, but his headmaster advised him against it (Life)....   [tags: gothic horror, biography, death]

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The Butcher’s Tale by Helmut Walser Smith

- Anti-Semitism is the hatred and discrimination of those with a Jewish heritage. It is generally connected to the Holocaust, but the book by Helmut Walser Smith, The Butcher’s Tale shows the rise of anti-Semitism from a grassroots effect. Smith uses newspapers, court orders, and written accounts to write the history and growth of anti-Semitism in a small German town. The book focuses on how anti-Semitism was spread by fear mongering, the conflict between classes, and also the role of the government....   [tags: Anti-semitism]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' Belmont '

- Placing a scene in Belmont against one in Venice shows a plethora of contrasts between the locations. For example, Venice is a city of hustle and bustle, while Belmont is more placid. Another difference between the cities is the main issue of importance. In Venice, money is clearly the concern, while Belmont revolves around love. Also, the language of Belmont between the two ladies is amicable, while it occasionally dissolves to disputatious between the men in Venice. Simple and macabre, the terms of Antonio’s loan are as Shylock states; “Three thousand ducats for three months, and Antonio bound” (I.iii.8-9)....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury]

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The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

- Geoffrey Chaucer is most infamous for his controversial poems known as, The Canterbury Tales, which were presumably written in the last 14 years of his life. Chaucer lived in around 1343 and later died in 1400 leaving a legacy that will forever be continued. He was the son of a wine merchant, and came across paths with many people that heavily influenced his writing. Chaucer’s first poem he composed of was, “The Book of the Duchess,” an elegy to the Duchess of Lancaster. “Chaucer spoke and wrote the English of the South East Midland region, the language of Gower and Wycliffe, the spoken language of London, and the branch of Middle English from which our own English most directly descends.” (...   [tags: The Canterbury Tales, The Reeve's Tale]

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Neifile’s Tale in Boccaccio’s Decameron

- Neifile’s Tale in Boccaccio’s Decameron The second story of Day 1 in Boccaccio’s Decameron is about a Jew named Abraham who becomes a Christian after his friend, Jehannot, convinces him to visit the court of Rome. At first glance, the storyteller, Neifile, presents it as a tale of a Jew’s conversion. On closer inspection, it becomes evident that the story focuses on language, labels, and popularity. In Neifile’s story, Boccaccio represents language as a way of labeling socially unpopular religious ideology (like Judaism) as more acceptable doctrine (like Christianity), a fact that Abraham takes advantage of to increase his popularity in order to conform to society....   [tags: Boccaccio Decameron Essays]

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Deus Vult: A Tale of an Armed Pilgrimage

- Introduction: What is a Crusade. How did a Crusader crusade. What caused him to seek “holy war?” Is a Crusade a Holy War or a Pilgrimage. Did a crusader only leave to find his own economic benefits. What caused the success of the first crusaders. These are some of the many questions that laid before me when I started my research. The crusading movements are such widely debated among the modern historian that they leave many readers confused about what actually caused the crusades, and what a crusade actually entails....   [tags: Holy War, the Crusades]

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Fairytales Folk Narrative Research And History

- Bottigheimer Ruth B. Fairytales Folk Narrative Research and History “Social History” JSTOR 14, 3 (1989). 343-357, Taylor & Francis, Ltd. This article, is arguing about the cultural history on how the poor and the lower class would tell stories. These stories still affect our society today. This article states that fairy tales at first were meant for adults because children could not read. An example is Brothers Grimm, where “Weber argues that fairy tales can tell us a great deal about the real conditions in the world of those who told and those who heard the tales” (344)....   [tags: Fairy tale, Brothers Grimm, Sleeping Beauty]

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Literary Response Paper : Edgar Allan Poe

- Nadia O 'Banion Professor Carlos ENGL 1302 28 April 2016 English 1302 literary response paper Edgar Allan Poe was one of America 's most celebrated storytellers and poets but his life was full of misfortune and disappointment and this may have been the reason he turned to alcohol and opium. Evidence of his mental anguish and addictions is reflected in his writings. Poe was born in Boston in 1809, he was the son of itinerant actors. His father, whose father was a famous Revolutionary War general, was a heavy drinker and deserted the family when Poe was 18 months old; he died a short time later of tuberculosis....   [tags: Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart]

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Tell-Tale Titles Of Margaret Laurence's A Bird In The House

- Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House is a collection of short stories that is rich in symbols and similes. Descriptions like "claw hand", "flyaway manner" and "hair bound grotesquely like white-fingered wings" are found abundantly in the writer's novel. The Oxford English Dictionary defines symbols as, "something that stands for, represents, or denotes something else (not by exact resemblance, but by vague suggestion, or by some accidental or conventional relation)" (reference). Yet, there is nothing coincidental about Margaret Laurence's diction and her usage of symbols in "A Bird in the House" and "The Mask of the Bear"....   [tags: Margaret Laurence]

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The Cause For Antonio 's Sadness, Salerio And Solanio

- Guessing the cause for Antonio’s sadness, Salerio and Solanio mention the wealthy man’s business ventures, and the possibility that Antonio is in love. However, Antonio denies both queries. In this incident, Antonio does not seem to perk up until his cousin, Bassanio, arrives. Therefore, according to the text, Antonio is melancholy due to the absence of his friend. Yet the older man maintains that he is ignorant of the causes of his depression. Perhaps Antonio does not know the cause of his sorrow because the man has not pursued enough avenues of thought....   [tags: Shylock, The Merchant of Venice]

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The Merchant of Venice

- William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is one of his most controversial plays for a variety of reasons. Written in sixteenth-century England, where anti-Semitism was common and the presence of Jews was not, the play poses many questions concerning racial, religious and human difference. The play is especially tricky to examine in today’s society, as its anti-Semitic themes and language can be uncomfortable to face in a world post-Holocaust. Additionally, the depiction of the relationship between Jews and Christians, which has always been an ambivalent one, adds a very interesting albeit difficult dimension to this play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant of Venice

- The Merchant of Venice is shows the dynamics of love and to what extent humans will go to show love, they will use their wealth and even be prepared to give up their life for the people they love. Both Antonio and Portia love Bassanio differently. Portia perceives Antonio’s phileo in competition with her eros, (both forms of love will be defined later) and throughout the play she is seen trying to defeat Antonio’s phileo and she does this by subjugating Antonio, firstly with her wealth, she offers to pay of his debt to Shylock three times more the amount he had bound himself, then she saves his life and finally teaching Bassanio that she can use her womanly powers to refuse him the consummat...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare printed the Merchant of Venice in 1590, it can be said to be one of his most contentious dramas ever written. The Merchant of Venice is an Elizabethan comedy play. The play was based in Venice, which is located in northern Italy. Venice in these days was known for its “wealth, political wisdom, impartial justice and liberalism (Halio, 2000,p.23). This essay will discuss the following themes Usury, Male Friendship, Marriage (in reference to the role of the woman), Mercy and Justice and Judaism....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Renaissance]

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Dispute Resolution in The Merchant of Venice

- Shakespearean literature has been long commended by scholars for its incorporation of legal discourse into its plot structures that further paves way for interdisciplinary study of law. Practically all of Shakespearean texts are known to have tangential relation and relevance to legal practice but plays like “Merchant of Venice” have scenes that do not only depict a courtroom trial but also shed light on some key aspects and methods of dispute resolution that are arbitration, conciliation, negotiations and mediation....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Tragedy in The Merchant of Venice

- According to dictionary.com, a tragedy is a form of art based on human suffering; furthermore, it is a dramatic composition, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. Tragedy elements are that in which a protagonist agonizes disconnection from society and also, he or she makes an error or shows awful decision making. There are typically deaths which arise at the end or near the end of the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Discrimination in The Merchant of Venice

- Discrimination is a resounding theme in The Merchant of Venice (Meyers). All of the characters are affected by inequality. This inequity is evidenced clearly in Shylock, the Jewish usurer. He is treated with scorn and derision by all the characters. Shylock’s misfortunes stem not from poor attributes or even a poor background; it stems from the fact he is Jewish, and what is more, he is impenitent of that distinction. If he had been more daunted by Christian influence, he might have been forgiven, as Jessica is subjectively exonerated....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Religion in The Merchant of Venice

- Religion was a major factor in a number of Shakespeare’s plays. Religion motivated action and reasoning. In Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” religion was more than a belief in a higher being; it reflected moral standards and ways of living. In the “Merchant of Venice,” “a Christian ethic of generosity, love, and risk-taking friendship is set in pointed contrast with a non-Christian ethic that is seen, from a Christian point of view, as grudging, resentful, and self-calculating.” (Bevington, pg....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Stereotypes and The Merchant of Venice

- Stereotypes are a fixed image of all members of a culture, group, or race usually based on limited and inaccurate information resulted from the minimal contact with this stereotyped groups. stereotypes have many forms; people are stereotyped according to their religion, race, ethnicity, age, gender, coulor, or national origins. This kind of intolerance is focused on the easily observable characteristics of groups of people. In general, stereotypes reduce individuals to a rigid and inflexible image that doesn't account for the multi-dimensional nature of human beings....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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Drama in Merchant of Venice

- The Merchant of Venice is a romantic and funny play that has a lot of characters. In Shakespear times people found different things funny like insulting foreigners. There is always some form of drama in plays this makes the audience more excited and more into the play.One of the most dramatic plots in the play was when a wealthy heiress named Portia had to find a husband. Portia was a wealthy woman that inherited all her fathers money and her father left three caskets if someone wanted to marry her they would have to pick a casket if they pick the wrong casket they are never allowed to marry again but if they pick the right casket all of Portia wealth goes to her husband....   [tags: Merchant of Venice, shakespeare, ]

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The Tale of the Heike

- The Tale of the Heike is a collection of tales that depict the livelihood of warriors during the Heian and Kamakura period. These tales illustrate that warriors during this period spent their existence dedicated to their duty to the Buddhist Law and that the growing contention arose from each warrior’s devotion and loyalty to the Buddhist Law. The tales communicate that a warrior’s duty was to protect the Buddhist Law which in turn meant to protect the imperial authority. Written letters between the Onjōji to the Kōfukuji Temples avow that the “great virtue of the Buddhist Law is that it guards the imperial authority; the imperial authority endures because of the Buddhist Law.” Furthermore...   [tags: The Tale of the Heike]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Women of the late 16th century were subjected to patriarchal ways and not granted the same rights and privileges as males. Yet, Shakespeare gives women in The Merchant of Venice significant roles in controlling the fates of all of the other characters. Portia and Nerissa cleverly disguise themselves as an esteemed lawyer and clerk, respectively, and interpret the law in such a way that Antonio and Bassanio are saved from Shylock’s bond, while Shylock is forced into a position of utter humiliation....   [tags: Feminism, Gender role, The Merchant of Venice]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Early modern English writers carefully introduced the growing influence of economic activities on society into their writings through the vehicle of romance. They utilized love stories as a mask to camouflage the underlying control wealth had on these relationships. Subsequently, this also showed how the social relations involved with these relationships were affected by monetary contracts. In The Merchant of Venice, the romantic activities surrounding Portia evidently show how Shakespeare uses love to introduce economic relations into the play....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Usury]

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The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Trust is used in “The Merchant of Venice” to make conflict more alive and the love that is in the story line more prevalent. Portia hooks in Bassanio with the gift she bestows upon him. For example, “In “The Merchant of Venice” spotlights shiny displays of sacrifice and gift giving. At the same time he (Shakespeare) lets the shadows of darker motives encroach on the glitter of those displays”(Berger 1). The darker motives show that Portia is a little bit conniving in her way the she bestows the ring onto Bassanio....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury, Portia]

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Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

- Merchants of Venice Diorama For my diorama, I chose the scene when Antonio goes to the court, and Shylock is preparing to cut the one pound of flesh out of Antonio, closest to his heart. I chose this scene because it was the climax in the play of Merchants of Venice, and that it holds most of the characters in the play in the same scene, all together. I also chose this scene because there were many details that I could add into my diorama that would make it more entertaining. The symbols I chose to add into my diorama were a treasure chest, a mirror, and red eyes....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Antonio]

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The Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim?

- In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “The Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- In life, there are various types of love. Two are shown in The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, written in 1589. He focuses on friendship and romance. The motif of friendship is evident with many characters throughout the play. Depending on the character, the idea of love over friendship is a controversial matter. In many instances, Bassanio and Antonio believe that friendship is more important than love. Therefore, the following theme is proven: friendship is a bond stronger than a vow of love....   [tags: Love, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Love is not black and white. Varied degrees and types exist throughout literature, media, and the real world. In fact, William Shakespeare covers several forms of love in his play The Merchant of Venice. Examples include the romantic love between Bassanio and Portia and the friendship between Bassanio and Antonio. While Shylock’s love of money is strong and steadfast, it cannot compete with the aforementioned types. Materialism is not true love. In one incident, even Shylock realizes this, bemoaning the loss of a ring that his late wife gave him, and insinuating that it was worth more than money....   [tags: Love, Marriage, The Merchant of Venice]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Describe at an exciting event that was important in the text(s). Explain how the event was exciting and important in the text(s). The play, “The Merchant of Venice,” written by William Shakespeare is set in Venice, Italy 1596. An exciting event that was important in the text was at court when Shylock went to claim his bond. This event is exciting and important as it was very dramatic and solves the issue of the agreement between Shylock and Antonio. It is also very important as it relays the ideas of mercy or justice and prejudice....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock]

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Shakespeare's Bias on Religon in The Merchant of Venice

- In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice there is a palpable hatred between the Jewish moneylender Shylock and the privileged prodigal Christians Bassanio, Lorenzo, Antonio, Gratiano and Portia. History shows that Jews have long been persecuted and despised for not accepting Christianity, Islam or other religions of the majority as their own. Yet choice of religion is not the cause for the two cultures abhorrence. Their detestation is much more deep-rooted; it stems from their antithetical cultural beliefs....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- William Shakespeare 's, The Merchant of Venice, acts contrary to the majority of Elizabethan literature, by exhibiting strong, witty, and independent women. William Shakespeare is well known for writing headstrong female characters such as Viola from Twelfth Night, or Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Therefore, it should be no surprise that three spirited young women are present in The Merchant of Venice. Portia, Nerissa, and Jessica all show an alternative side of women by acting on their own accord and taking control of their personal destinies....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The Case of Shylocks Appeal Classic literature, modern movies, the standardization of the English language, as well as the beautiful name Jessica are just a few things that result from the influences of William Shakespeare. Regarded as the greatest English writer of all time, the Bard has inspired much from his many playwrights. His success into breaking into our culture may be born from his singular ability to create settings in which his characters show off their complexity and become memorable....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The plot, characters, and relationships present in William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice all revolve around the concept of money; a theme that is strongly linked to the religious dichotomies explored throughout the comedy. At the beginning of the play, Antonio and Bassanio 's money-rooted relationship is introduced. Bassanio asks Antonio to lend him three thousand ducats. Antonio agrees to take out a loan for his friend, even though Bassanio had previously borrowed money and had not yet returned it....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- In many of Shakespeare’s plays, Shakespeare uses multiple settings to contrast opposing ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare uses the settings of Venice and Belmont to represent opposing ideas. The city of Venice is an international marketplace. Venice is diverse and full of people from many countries who practice their own religions. Venice is marked by its cultural melting pot and friction, along with its focus on business and greed. In contrast, Belmont is a city in which people flee to in order to get away from the realities of commerce....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Risk is the exposure to danger. Taking risks are necessary because risk reveals experience to an individual. Hazard has both malevolent and benevolent outcomes, which can affect the overall atmosphere in a play. The content of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice includes many scenarios of risk-taking among the relationships between characters. The Merchant of Venice consists of four different plots: the bond plot, casket plot, love plot, and ring plot; in which characters are exposed to danger....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Antonio]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The world of William Shakespeare was drastically different from what it is today in multiple aspects. The law, social order, how people carried themselves and helped others are just a few examples of how society in general has changed. Shakespeare shows this in The Merchant of Venice, by inserting the rule of law in society and how it affected certain groups in ways that contrast with how society is in modern times. According to Bruce Frohnen in Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law, the rule of law can defined as public order that is used to control the actions of others whether it be justified or not and enforced consistently....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Usury, Law]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- When most people think of justice, it commonly brings forward the words positivity, fairness, law, order, and other familiar words. However, in the Merchant of Venice, this is not the case. Justice is used negatively in a court case that reverses from putting Antonio, the convicted Christian merchant, on trial to Shylock, the Jewish money loaner asking for justice, to be put on trial. In the play, both mercy and justice are rejected because of the obvious influential bias that the character’s actions portray....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Law]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The Shakespeare play, “The Merchant of Venice” is reviewed and commonly discussed as a comedic tragedy that fits all of the features of being a comedy play. Due to elements within the play being dark in nature, many others find this to fit within a tragedy category rather than comedic. With the play being reviewed as both a comedy and tragedy, the dark elements within it that would make it a tragedy are possibly not fully understood as they are confusing to some. “The Merchant of Venice” begins around the merchant Antonio and how he is struggling to upkeep all of his overseas financial ventures that are taking a toll on his financial situation....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Drama]

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William Shakespeare 's ' The Merchant Of Venice '

- 1. In the text, Shakespeare places a scene in Belmont against one in Venice. As mentioned earlier Shakespeare constantly juxtaposes throughout The Merchant of Venice. Juxtaposition is a literary technique that creates comparisons between two dissimilar objects. One reason that Shakespeare constantly juxtaposes is for the reason that Shakespeare’s end goal is to evoke interest and surprise the readers throughout the story with dramatic changes. In the beginning of act one scenes one and two, Antonio and Portia, two different characters are introduced....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Judaism, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Bassanio is talking about his love, Portia. One reason that Bassanio uses such descriptive language is to better paint a picture in the mind of his friend Antonio. Because Bassanio adds a comment about Portia’s sunny, beautiful hair, the audience is able to imagine the pretty heiress in all her splendor. Descriptive language complements the mental idea forming in the audience’s head. Without it, Portia’s character would be nebulous and insubstantial as of this point. Jarringly, the racism of the time period pours out of Portia’s mouth in regard to her suitor, the Prince of Morocco....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, Portia, Mind]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Upon an initial examination of William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, a reader is provided with superficial details regarding the moral dilemmas embedded in the text. Further analysis allows a reader to recognize the multi-faceted issues each character faces as an individual in response to his or her surroundings and/or situations. Nevertheless, the subtle yet vital motif of music is ingrained in the play in order to offer a unique approach to understanding the plot and its relationship with the characters....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, Love]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the role of women is quite significant. Although there are only three women throughout the play, Jessica, Nerissa, and Portia, all play a role that affects the outcome of the play. Portia, Jessica, and Nerissa are all very significant characters from this time period. The three women display characteristics of bravery, independence, and intelligence. From the first time Portia is introduced, she is depicted as a very smart woman. In the beginning, she is searching for a husband that has more in his head than money and beauty....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Marriage]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Christine Luo Ichikawa Literary Styles, A° October 13, 2014 The Poison of Pride and Unforgiveness People who seek vengeance are often driven blindly by flaws within their character. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare illustrates this underlying attribute. A casual reading of this play may suggest that Shylock’s act of vengeance was what had led to his downfall, yet a closer reading indicates that it was because of his underlying characterial flaw of hubris and the lack of mercy that had led to his ultimate end....   [tags: Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Judaism, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- “Pride is the parent of destruction; pride eats the mind and the heart and the soul alive.” Anne Rice’s words are a perfect representation of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. In this comedy play Shakespeare exhibits how being a person consumed with pride and prejudice can destroy lives. Antonio and Shylock partake in an arrangement in which Antonio borrows Shylock’s money with no interest, but if Antonio does not repay all of the money then he must relinquish a pound of his flesh as capital....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Shylock, Judaism]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- Antonio’s Love William Shakespeare created strong characters in the “Merchant of Venice”. A man named Antonio is homosexual; he is in love with another man name Bassanio. Shakespeare’s play presents Antonio’s depressing, yearning, and self-sacrificing personal feelings towards Bassanio. “Homosexuality became a fairly accepted part of the general culture” (Modes). During the Renaissance, the phrase “masculine love” was the “language for a male homosexual orientation” (Modes). Antonio’s friend Salarino never did mind that he is deeply in love with Bassanio....   [tags: Love, The Merchant of Venice, Sacrifice, Portia]

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William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

- The ‘Merchant of Venice’ is a play, written in the renaissance era, about the default on a large loan provided by a Jewish lender. From Act 4 scene 1 it could be seen that Shakespeare was predominantly writing a story about women and how they should be viewed in the society using cross dressing and mistaken identity to prove his point. The Renaissance era is full of contradictions and was a male dominated society. In this era, women were under the rule of men and were perceived to be less rational and not as intelligent as men....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, The Merchant of Venice]

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The Merchant of Venice

- "The Merchant of Venice" by WIlliam Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice" is a play about revenge, justice, deseption and friendship. The story is about, Shylock a wealth Jew, lending one of his enemies, Antonoi, three thousand ducats. Although Antonio is a rich merchant all his resources are in his ships, trading too distant countries, but because he wants to help out his friend, Bassanio, he has no choice but to ask Shylock for a loan , not to know it could lead to his death. In this play there is a big difference between the Christian charaters and Shylock, the main difference being Shylock seems to be more interested in his money and business rather than human relationships, which the C...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays]

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