Essay on William Shakespeare 's A Merchant Of Venice

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When interpreting literature, especially that of William Shakespeare, it can be very difficult to decipher the true meaning behind the words. Symbolism, similes, metaphors and the likes are common in many poems and plays where the meaning(s) of the piece may be clear, vague, and or open for reader interpretation. Another important consideration when analyzing play or drama lies within the classification of the piece of work in terms of comedy or tragedy. As with poems and other forms of literature, the classification may be clearly known or it can be a topic of question, requiring additional analysis and justification in order to pinpoint the author’s direction and or intentions. William Shakespeare’s “A Merchant in Venice” includes a myriad of characters, dialogue, situations, and moods that make classifying this piece of literature somewhat difficult. However, this play should ultimately be viewed as a romantic comedy due to the nature, context, and message of the storyline. In order to support this classification, we must first understand the definitions of comedy and tragedy, consider reader interpretation, and examine the comedic evidence that exists within Shakespeare’s play itself. The classification of comedy can be misconstrued simply due to the word itself. Schnell acknowledges the desire to associate laughter with the term comedy but notes that a comedy can simply result in following a theme from distress to happiness (Comedy – An introduction, n.d.) Likewise,…

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