Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay

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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 the dawn of humanity. Yet its 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 friends to woo a lady. Over the course of the play, various risky opportunities and events also expose other relationships as a means of satisfying wants and outcomes, although not all 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; seen between lovers, such as Bassanio and Portia; and between fathers and children, such as Shylock and Jessica. The outcomes between rivals, namely the struggles between Antonio and Shylock, are the outcome of partaking in risks. One of the risks taken by the main pair of rivals is Shylock, who employs a malevolent bond with the purpose of ending the life of Antonio. Shylock demands that he must “have [his] bond; speak not against [his] bond:/ [he has] sworn an oath that [he] will have [his] bond.” (3.3.4-5) and furthers the same desire in a Christian…

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