The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Essay examples

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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare was written between 1594-1596.It is classified as a comedy; it is also a work of good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are examined and some issues remain unresolved. In the play Shakespeare has woven together plots from different books. Shakespeare gets the bond story and the story of the ring from an Italian novella, LL Pecorone, in a collection put together by Sir Geovanni and published in 1558. The story of the bond occurs in several sources including the Gesta Romanorum. In the modern post-…show more content…
This quotation clearly expresses the bigoted view of all Christians in the past days. Shylock is the highlighted character here who is judged because he is a Jew. He is often addressed as "the Jew" or "Jew" by Belthazar (Portia in disguise). He is given many chances to withhold the bond but due to his blatant hatred for Antonio and Christians and the knowledge of the law, he refuses "I would have my bond". He is also a character, who shows love for his daughter Jessica, who then runs away with Lorenzo (a Christian) with the wealth that belongs to Shylock, so he disowns her. In the trial scene the Duke confronts him with the question " How shalt hope for mercy ren'ring none?" Shylock's answer to this is, how the Venetian seem to treat their slaves degradingly as if some piece of worthless property, so he has the right to his bond. His stubbornness due to the lack of mercy builds up the audience's hatred for him. Even when Portia gives him one more chance to give mercy, he refuses. Here " the quality of mercy" speech is said. Portia is not only beautiful as well as intelligent but she is also a clever conniving woman. She is the wife of Bassanio (Antonio's friend) who she dearly loves. She is disguised as a lawyer (Belthazar). In this lawyer role, Portia examines Shylock and Antonio .She too
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