`` The Merchant Of Venice `` By William Shakespeare

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Risk is a situation that involves the possibility of exposure to dangers. Risks exist everywhere, even the most minute of actions can place someone in jeopardy. It is an inescapable labyrinth that plagues the lives of all ever since humanity’s first existence. Yet it,s double-edged sword like characteristics of also providing opportunities and gains keeps many enthralled in it. In William Shakespeare 's’ The Merchant of Venice, Antonio, a protagonist, gives himself over to a life-threatening contract with the villain, Shylock the Jew, in order to provide the means for one of Antonio’s friend the opportunity to woo a lady. Over the course of the play, various risky opportunities and events also expose other relationships as means of satisfying their wants, although not all their outcomes are favourable. Risk is the root cause of rewards and punishments in The Merchant of Venice. This is seen between the play’s rivals, such as Antonio and Shylock. Also is seen between lovers, such as Bassanio and Portia. It is seen again between fathers and children, such as Shylock and Jessica.

The outcomes of the rivals plot, namely the struggles between Antonio and Shylock, were greatly influenced by the partaking of risks. One of the risks taken by the main pair of rivals is Shylock employing a malevolent bond purposed with ending the life of Antonio. Shylock demands that he will “have [his] bond; speak not against [his] bond:/ [he has] sworn an oath that [he] will have [his] bond.”…
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