The Merchant of Venice Is a Tragicomedy....I Got 32/35 so Its a Good Essay

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A tragedy is a drama or literary work in which the protagonist is brought to ruin or suffers sorrow, especially as a consequence of tragic flaw or moral weakness. Where as, a comedy is a drama or literary work, that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and it usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict. Thus, a tragicomedy is a fictional work that blends aspects of the genres tragedy and comedy. In Shakespeare’s time a tragicomedy referred to a serious play with a happy ending or enough jokes throughout the play to lighten the mood. I consider the ‘Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare a tragicomedy as both tragedy and comedy can be seen throughout the play. There are many factors that give proof to this …show more content…
I will not hear thee speak,” Antonio has lost his arrogance and has become modest. He does not even look for revenge. He accepts his demise as he sees that he was in the wrong. This is seen when Antonio says, “I’ll follow him no more with bootless prayers. He seeks my life. His reason well I know,” Even when Antonio wins the case, he gives Shylock’s money to his daughter Jessica through her husband. This is seen when Antonio says, “The other half in use, tro render it upon his death unto the gentleman that lately stole his daughter,”
Furthermore, in the ‘The Merchant of Venice’ there are many factors which are seen in comic literary work such as the presence of a fool. In ‘The Merchant of Venice’ the fool is Launcelot Gobbo and he brings much humor and lightheartedness into the play. He is seen talking to his conscious about whether or not he should run from his master, Shylock and this is very hilarious and is seen when he says, “Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from this Jew my master. This fiend is at mine elbow and tempts me saying to me,’Gobbo, Launcelot Gobbo, good Launcelot,’ or ‘good Gobbo,’ or ‘good Launcelot Gobbo-use your legs, take start, run away’” Another time when Launcelot is funny is when he plays a trick on his blind dather. This is seen when he says, “O heavens, this is my true-begotten father who, being more than sand blind…knows me not. I will try to

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