the world of English literature with his plays. Some of these plays are clear-cut comedies and tragedies, while others are more ambiguous. The Merchant of Venice is a play that falls under the latter type, and it has been hotly contested whether this literary work should be classified a comedy or a tragedy...
modern day)Who were the main characters?Were they memorable and why?ESSAYShakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice' captures timeless theme's of society woven into the story of a wealthy merchant in Venice. The themes can be found throughout the entire play formed mostly between the diverse relationships...
December 28, 2014
The Comedy that is The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest writers of all time. He has written many plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. He has written all manner of plays from drama to tragedy...
Discuss the Tension and Opposition in "The Merchant of Venice"
In the Merchant of Venice there are many themes. The main theme within the play is the rivalry between Shylock, a Jewish loan shark, and Antonio, a Venetian merchant. Other themes that are present in the play are the mutual hatred shared...
A highly debated topic on ‘The Merchant of Venice’, a play written by William Shakespeare is what genre it belongs in. In the end, this play is truly just a comedy due to all of the protagonist receiving happy endings, and the amounts of jokes, puns, and sarcasm used. Comic relief scenes and mistaken...
A Not-Quite Happy Ending: Hazard and Love in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice
By Hubert Ahn
William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice begins on a note of melancholy. Antonio, the eponymous merchant, pronounces “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad” (1.1.1). His friends offer possible reasons...
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The Shadow Characters
In Michael Radford’s 2004 adaptation of Merchant of Venice, Gratiano and Nerissa are accurately depicted from Shakespeare’s original work; they are minor characters that serve as literal and metaphorical shadows to Bassanio and Portia that augment the suggestion that...
Original Sources of The Merchant of Venice
Though Shakespeare’s name is world renowned for its success as a playwright, most of his stories main ideas can be found elsewhere throughout the course of literary history. In II Pecorone by Giovanni Fiorentino, one can see that Shakespeare found his inspiration...
** Consider the play as a tragicomedy
Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' is a comedy with a difference. It was written almost certainly between 1596 & 1598. The play is classed as one of the 16 comedy plays but it is also a 'problem' play due to the tragic elements woven throughout the intricate...
ACT 3 SCENE 1 – THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
Prejudice – lack of tolerance
Contempt – hate / contemptuous = hateful /despicable
Shrewd businessman/moneylender – cruel/ruthless
Theme of loyalty predominates the scene
Feel a sense of sympathy for Shylock due to treatment...
In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare illustrates his feelings towards Jews in 17th century England through the use of a commonly known stereotype during the time, the racial tension between Jews and Christians. Shylock is the focal point of the play, and acts as the traditional stereotype of the Jew...
Shylock builds up all the tension as well as Portia however Portia and her loyal serving girl Nerissa, use a great amount of dramatic irony. Even though the audience knows that both these characters are actually Balthazaar and his apprentice, Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock don't. This creates a brilliant...
Title: The Merchant of Venice
Author of the Book: William Shakespeare
First published in year: 1597
Genre of the Book: Play
One of Shakespeare “short” and “easier to understand” plays. The language is comparatively easy than most of his plays. The play is basically put under the category...
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In the movie The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, an important idea is hypocrisy and duplicity. There was a lot of hypocrisy and duplicity in olden day Venice, which is where most of the film is set. The idea of hypocrisy and duplicity...
create dramatic interest for the audience in the trial scene, Act 4 scene 1 in The Merchant of Venice'?
In the trial scene (act 4 scene 1), Shakespeare uses many different dramatic techniques to make the tension in the court room rise and build. He also uses dramatic irony and many other techniques...
In The Merchant of Venice, Act 4 Scene 1 is the climax of the play and is one of longest dramatic scene to ever been written by Shakespeare; it is filled with tension, suspense, irony, sarcasm and power. Shakespeare achieves this by using different writing skills such as setting, location (the switch...
The Merchant of Venice is a play written in 1796 by William Shakespeare (!). Though it was included in the Comedies category of Shakespeare’s First Folio, there are some dramatic scenes that might make us doubt of this labelization. A cinematographic adaptation directed by Michael Radford was released...
4 April 2015
Venice and Belmont Contrast
Venice and Belmont in the play
Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare, show many
contrasting ideas, which can be found in many areas of the play. The places differed in how
Venice stood more for a greedy, power hungry area with with a lot of money and law...
and The Merchant of Venice feature dynamic characters, and insights into the chivalry and the xenophobic disposition of the English people at the time. Throughout these two stories, three primary female characters emerge, Desdemona from Othello, and Portia and Jessica from The Merchant of Venice. The...
In Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, the audience is challenged by the conflict of different religions and faiths, unfairness in the law and revenge towards other characters to explore relationships with fellow humans. The play’s essential focus around these themes allows the audience to explore...
human nature. Hatred fits in among one of the strongest human feelings; it is a seed that engenders vengeance. In the Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, these two inextricably bound terms are portrayed unequivocally. There are three main reasons why hatred was such a focal ingredient to the play:...
and the play “The Merchant of Venice” include two Jewish males, David and Shylock, who were hated and frowned upon because of their culture and religion. Although both were treated like garbage, one of them was treated worse than the other.
In the play “The Merchant of Venice” it was set in the...
<center><b>Show how the plot of The Merchant of Venice' is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured.</b></center>
<br>"The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock's bond and the Lord of Belmont's will than in Jack and the Beanstalk."
Merchant of Venice
_The Merchant of Venice_ was written between 1596 and1600. At this point Queen Elizabeth I is queen; the first real English queen to have stayed in power for a long time.
Shylock is a Jew. Jews have suffered horrible persecutions-starting in earnest...
significant theme in The Merchant of Venice. This is expresses at various occasions throughout the novel. One of the most significant examples of prejudice in this novel is the Anti-Semitic views of the Christian citizens in Venice. A second act of prejudice in The Merchant of Venice occurs when the Prince...
between 1596 and 1598, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is classified as an early Shakespearean comedy. It is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but some serious themes are examined and some issues remained unresolved. The usury theme in The Merchant of Venice can be traced to the historical...
he play opens in Venice, where the merchant Antonio tells his
friends, "I know not why I am so sad." His friends—Salerio and
Salanio, and then Lorenzo and Gratiano—try to cheer him up, but
with no success. Antonio’s close friend Bassanio informs him that
he intends to seek an heiress’s...
A Discussion Guide for Educators
A Publication of the Anti-Defamation League
Anti- Semitism and The Merchant of Venice: A Discussion Guide for Educators
Barbara Balser, National Chair
Abraham H. Foxman, National Director
Kenneth Jacobson, Deputy National Director
Caryl M. Stern, Senior Associate...
Are Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and Jonson’s Volpone devoted to ‘the performance of justice’?
Justice has intrinsic links with laws and rules – two motifs that are central to both Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and Jonson’s Volpone. These include laws of the Venetian state, the contracts...
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is a classic play, but has quite a few modern themes. This wasn’t uncommon of Shakespeare, in almost all of his literature we can relate it to things that are happening in our society today. In this particular...