William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay

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Within society, both past and present, we can discern a myriad of façades which present a deceptive outer appearance. William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita and D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover are works of literature which diversely consider a vast array of characters and situations which demonstrate such façades within society. These façades may be actively used by a character or be surrounding an abstract concept or institution, such as wealth or education. The authors use different methods to explore these façades as well as demonstrating their effects on characters as the works progress. Whilst façades may often be considered a negative concept, across the three texts we can see that it is sometimes necessary for characters to put on façades in order to conform to their respective societies standards and expectations. In Educating Rita, the form of a play enables Russell to use stage directions to dramatise Rita’s entrance; the door is described as ‘swing[ing] open revealing Rita’ and ‘burst[ing] open and Rita fl[ying] in’ which foreshadows the dramatic effect that Rita will have on Frank. The play being in the format of a two-handed allows us to focus upon the relationship between Frank and Rita; Russell employs the structure of the play and allocates more speech to Rita, which is unexpected as it could suggest that she holds the power in their relationship. Rita’s bold entrance and excessive speech could be interpreted as…

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