The Merchant of Venice Essay

932 Words Mar 15th, 2012 4 Pages
Love and Hate

The Merchant of Venice a play written by the famous poet and play writer, William Shakespeare, in the year 1596 - 1598. It is based on both love and hate. Shakespeare demonstrates the themes of love and hate clearly through various character. The friendship love is shown through Antonio towards Bassanio, romantic love is shown through Portia and Bassanio and self love is shown through shylock. However Shakespeare also illustrates hates during the play through the characters shylock and Antonio and shylock and his daughter Jessica.

The Merchant of Venice is a play about love, the play mainly revolve around the romantic love of these main characters Portia and Bassanio. As written in the play, Portia was a rich woman
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However this shows us that The Merchant of Venice is about love.

The play The Merchant of Venice is a play also about hate; this hatred is mostly evident through the characters Shylock and Antonio. After Antonio’s ships have been lost, he has no money to return to his owner Shylock. This brings him to the consequences that he personally agreed on. However after the big crisis of money that Shylock faced about his daughter’s theft, he wanted revenge. He refused to show mercy to his fellow enemy Antonio. Because of this great hate that shylock has towards Antonio, he chooses to cut out a pound of flesh from Antonio’s body over three thousand ducats, “You’re going to ask me why I’d rather have a pound of decaying flesh than three thousand ducats.” (4.1, 40-43) even though it is known that Shylock prefers money over than his daughter Jessica. The Merchant of Venice is about hate, this was clearly expressed by Shylock towards Antonio.

Other characters such as Jessica demonstrated a great role of hate in the play The Merchant of Venice. Jessica’s hate for her father was so great, that she was strongly willing to leave her dad and escape from his house, even convert religion to get away from her dad and his cruel control. this lead her to leave him and go after a Christian that she was in love with,

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