The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare Essay

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A Daughter have you Lost
The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare. It was written between 1596 and 1598. It takes place in Venice, at a time when Jews were discriminated. The antagonist of the play is a Jewish man named Shylock. He has one child in the play, a daughter named Jessica. Shylock comes into the story because of a loan, made by him, to a merchant named Antonio. Antonio and Shylock do not agree with each other, and Jessica helps develop tension between the two. Jessica shows how her father is hated, brings out his true concerns, and plays an important role in later events between Antonio and Shylock .
Jessica demonstrates her hate for Shylock to anyone who mentions him. In Act II , Scene
III , Shylock ’s servant, Launcelot, is changing employment. Jessica goes to see him off. During their conversation, Jessica states that she is sad Launcelot is leaving. “ Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, didst rob it of some taste of tediousness.” Jessica clearly does not like her home. She is sad that Launcelot, also known as “the clown”, will be leaving. He provided a distraction from her father. After Launcelot exits, Jessica goes on to reveal her plan to leave
Shylock. “O Lorenzo, if thou keep promise, I shall end this strife, become a Christian and thy loving wife.” Jessica is planning to elope with a man named Lorenzo, and, in the process, become a Christian. At this time there was much religious conflict. The Christians thought the
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