William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

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William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

In many ways, shylock is a more difficult character for a modern audience than for an Elizabethan audience. With close reference to Act 1 scene 3, Act 3 scene 1 and Act 4 scene 1 show how an actor might reveal the human being behind the stereotype.

The merchant of Venice is a play written in Elizabethan times by William Shakespeare. The play is set in Elizabethan Venice. The play starts with Antonio, a rich merchant, who is depressed without any obvious reason. He denies that he is worried about his merchant ships or that he is in love.

Antonio has lent money to his friend Bassanio in the past, but this time Bassanio wants to borrow some money so
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Portia quickly arranges a speedy wedding and then sends the two husbands back to Venice with an offer of several times the Original loan.

Lorenzo and Jessica are left to look after the house as Portia and Nerissa pretend to go to a religious retreat to pray for the success of their husbands. In reality, they are going to Venice, with Lawyers robes and Legal advice from one of Portia's cousins, Bellario.

Antonio has been allowed to visit Shylock from gaol to try and persuade him to be lenient. Shylock, however, is having none of it as he is bent on having his revenge.

In court, Antonio casts a sorry figure, he makes it clear that there is no way that Shylock will change his mind and has psychologically resigned himself to his fate. He knows that the law cannot be altered for one man's convenience.

After appealing in vain to Shylock, Portia confirms the law.

Shylock has all of his apparatus with him and ready prepared. At the last moment just before he is about to kill Antonio, Portia points out that he is not to spill any blood, and that he must take only a pound of flesh, no more, no less. If he breaks this rule then Shylock must die. Also, he has tried to kill a Venetian citizen, so half of his goods must go to his intended victim and the other half of his goods to the state. The Duke now has control over whether Shylock lives or
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