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    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

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    These are two of Shakespearean antagonists of all time. They are alike in more ways than one. Shylock in Merchant of Venice is a Jewish moneylender based in Venice. He has been tormented and repressed mainly by the Christian population. One finds it easy to sympathize with him mainly because he has his own reasons to be loathing, greedy, and miserly. This ends up making the entire ‘Merchant of Venice’ bittersweet. This was when Shylock was forced to give up all that he owned and further converted it

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    The Venice Times In Venicetoday, two men have made an unusual bond. The two men involved are Antonio, the wealthy well known merchant whose ships are all out at sea. Shylock who is Jewish is the other person involved in this strange agreement. Shylock makes a living by lending people money and then charging them interest on it. As we know Antonio and Shylock are not the best of friends, after all Antonio puts shylock out of business as he charges no interest on his loans therefore reduces

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    The Merchant of Venice

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    The Merchant of Venice is a romantic comedy which was written between 1596 and 1597. It opens on the streets of Venice and throughout the comedy, the setting shifts between Venice and Belmont. Bassanio (a business man) tells Antonio, (a Venetian merchant and dear friend) that he has fallen in love with Portia, (a wealthy heiress from Belmont) and plans to travel to Belmont to win her heart. Bassanio tells Antonio that he desperately needs money to court Portia; Antonio unfortunately has his

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    In the city of Venice, tension arises between a moneylender and a merchant. William Shakespeare conveys this tension through his play The Merchant of Venice. The play is about a merchant, Antonio, who wants to help his friend, Bassanio, regarding his financial problems. However, Antonio’s money is at sea, so Antonio is forced to borrow money from Shylock who is a Jewish moneylender in Venice. Antonio and Shylock despise each other. Shakespeare uses a variety of literary devices to show how the differing

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    The Merchant of Venice is set in a heavily male, and christian controlled society, where women and other religions, aren’t recognized, and thought of as less . During the play, Portia, an underestimated wealthy woman from Belmont, whose whole life had been controlled by different christian men, ultimately uses her unrealized wit, linguistic manipulation, and knowledge to surpass and save the men in her life. Portia’s father is an obvious example of men controlling her life, which she later overcomes

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    "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

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    Merchant of Venice

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    The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare takes place in Italy in the late 1500s. The play focuses on 4 main characters: Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock and Portia. Antonio is a Venetian merchant who is in love with his best friend. Bassanio is the best friend of Antonio and the husband of Portia. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender and is hated by the people of Venice due to his religion. Lastly, there is Portia, wealth woman from Belmont. She is forced, by her father’s will, to marry the suitor

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    Merchant of Venice

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    Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains of melancholy; his friend Bassanio asks for a loan to travel to Belmont to court the beautiful heiress, Portia. Antonio agrees, but says that he must borrow the money from one of the city's moneylenders because all of his ships are at sea. At Belmont, Portia is also melancholy because, according to the terms of her father's will, she must marry the man who chooses the casket (out of a choice of gold, silver or lead) containing her portrait. If he chooses wrongly

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    Merchant Of Venice

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    The Storytellers in The Merchant of Venice In this play two characters have a bigger role than one might imagine. Salerio and Solanio are the storytellers in The Merchant of Venice. They fill in important information that the audience needs to full understand the play. First, the two names differ by only a few letters, they are so close that one might confuse the two and think that they are the same person. I feel that this is Shakespeare's intention in this play. He makes the two similar so that

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