In Shakespeare’s edgy and suspenseful play, “The Merchant of Venice”, the character of Shylock may evoke complex feelings within the reader. Shylock is clearly a villain in the sense that he takes repeatedly takes advantage of people in vulnerable economic situations and makes a handsome living in this...
Reaction Paper of The Merchant of Venice
A Reaction Paper Presented to the English III teacher of the
In Partial Fulfilment Of the Course Requirement
In English III
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Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. Discuss Shylock’s dramatic function in The Merchant of Venice. What do critics mean when they suggest that Shylock is “too large” for the play? Does he fulfill or exceed his role?
Model Answer –
In order to ensure that we understand Shylock as...
ANTONIO IS NOT GAY
The merchant of Venice is not a prevalent character in Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Antonio has little to offer as an individual. He only exists as the center of the plot. Antonio serves as a device to introduce more important characters such as Bassanio, Portia...
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...
A Feminist Analysis of Gender Identity in Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare’s diverse female characters started to revolutionize views of gender in the Renaissance, though women were not treated as equals to men until modern times because of the patriarchal views that were instilled...
Discuss how Shakespeare provides many tests for his characters in which they encounter various themes of the play. Consider how the outcome of each test reflects the morals and values (lessons for humanity) of each person through their action and decisions.
<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."
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - An in-depth character analysis
Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice,
is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity, with a lust for Antonio's life. Through
a more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding
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Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
Act I, scenes i–ii
Summary: Act I, scene i
Antonio, a Venetian merchant, complains to his friends, Salerio and Solanio, that a sadness has overtaken him and dulled his faculties, although he is at a loss to explain why. Salerio and Solanio...
The Merchant of Venice is a play set in a very male and Christian dominated society where other religions and women rights weren’t very well accepted by the community. However Portia, a rich woman who had previously been controlled by men, triumphs as she manipulates tricks and saves the lives of the...
‘The Merchant of Venice’, there are several characters who behave in villainous ways but Shylock is the most villainous character out of all of them. Do you agree?
Throughout ‘The Merchant of Venice’ there are many examples of villainous acts performed by the characters. Although the character of Shylock...
The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
1. The Merchant of Venice: Introduction
2. The Merchant of Venice: William Shakespeare Biography
3. The Merchant of Venice: Summary
4. The Merchant of Venice: Reading Shakespeare
5. The Merchant of Venice: List of Characters
6. The Merchant...
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...
Relevance To Modern World
William Shakespeare born on 26 April...
five thousand years. In William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice”, we find that one of the characters is the subject and expression of anti-Semitic attitude that is persistent in Elizabethan society.
William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice” contains many examples that insult Jewish heritage...
Shylock as a plot device in The Merchant of Venice
It is evident that anti-Semitism is a theme in William Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice. However, the categorization of the play as a comedy has troubled people for some time. It is clear that if Shylock were removed from the play all of...
TOPIC: CHARACTERIZATION IN SHAKESPEARE’S PLAY “THE MERCHANT OF VENICE” AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE TO THE SPEECH 108 STUDENTS OF THE FIRST SEMESTER ACADEMIC YEAR 2009-2010
Character is an essential element in fiction and in plays. Characters are revealed through their actions and speech and even...
When the theme Friendship and Loyalty is mentioned in the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, people think of the strong relationship between two very important characters. In The Merchant of Venice, there are many characters that show friendship and loyalty, but the most commented on or...
- A Jewish moneylender in Venice. Angered by his mistreatment at the hands of Venice’s Christians, particularly Antonio, Shylock schemes to eke out his revenge by ruthlessly demanding as payment a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Although seen by the rest of the play’s characters as an inhuman monster, Shylock...
Good evening Ladies and Gentleman. I expect some of you will have recognised the quote I just presented as Shylock in Act 4 Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice. This, I’m sure you’ll agree, is one of the most powerful plays ever written. I am Liam Marshall and in my twenty years of experience acting...
The issue of Racism addressed written The Merchant of Venice 2
Understanding the characters in The Merchant of Venice 4
The character of Antonio; The Merchant 4
The charge of homosexuality within The Merchant of Venice 6
Characteristics of Shylock the Jew 6
Tragic Elements in M of V
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps...
assignment focuses on the Characters in Shakespeare’s play “Merchant of Venice”. It highlights the major characters in the play and their importance in the play. It describes in-depth features of the major characters. Hence there is a detail analysis on four major characters of the play: Shylock, Antonio...
Shylock of “Merchant of Venice”
I.1. Plot Overview “The Merchant of Venice”
II. Character Analysis
III. Shylock: Villain or Victim?
IV. Shylock is Shakespeare
V. Shakespeare and the Jews
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...
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 effect and also helps to build up tension...
The Merchants of Venice
How does Shakespeare’s writing causes you to both admire and despise Antonio?
Antonio, one of the prime characters in Shakespeare’s drama The
Merchants of Venice is a complex character. Shakespeare portrays him to
be generous and a wise successful...
his bloody revenge? The
powerful Duke of Venice has already tried and failed. The only
remaining hope lies in a beautiful heroine, who has no weapons to
draw upon except a quick wit and a courageous spirit.
This suspenseful scene from The Merchant of Venice by William
Shakespeare has been reenacted...