Merchant Of Venice Character Analysis

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The play succeeds because of it’s raw realism. By making none of the characters admirable, it is actually a mirror of society itself. Usually people do have qualities that are not admirable and that it why the play succeeds, because it shows the true characteristics of humans in today’s society. It also shows human characteristics, of humans as a generalization. When evaluating the question of the plays merit, it can be tied back to the same idea. Therefore, the play succeeds in staying true to the nature of humankind itself and revealing the faults in society. The problematic and insignificant nature of society can be seen through the characters, particularly Portia, Shylock, Antonio and Bassanio. Each individual character has their own…show more content…
This allows the reader to understand the faults in the character of both Portia and Nerissa, because they do not feel secure in their relationships and feel the need to have justification for them. By the men giving them the rings they become aware of their relationships and are able to use that as a way to control their husbands thereafter, since they have that evidence of their betrayal. The court scene also shows the faults in the justice that is being served, because of the characters resentment towards Shylock. Shylock’s character is flawed because he is Jewish and wealthy. The characters find him flawed because they don’t agree with his beliefs. Shylock is also flawed, because of his wealth, which makes him a common enemy for those who borrow from him. From evaluating Shylock’s character as a whole we become aware of the idea that his bond becoming revenge was actually the result of him losing his daughter. Therefore, he becomes a much more relatable character, to the audience because his grief becoming revenge is common to seek relief or closure. Therefore, his fault is justified, because he seeks revenge for his daughter running away, but also for her running away with a man he disapproved of. Therefore, Shylock’s faults make him appeal to the audience, because it is most common that they would do the same if put in that situation. However, his idea of justice was not served because of the bias
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