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    earth, he inspired others to be great and gave us amazing plays as a result of his brilliance. However, Shakespeare did not always make art that was appreciated by all or understood by all. The Merchant of Venice is a prime example of this controversy, because of some of the interesting messages the play conveys, and the age old battle of whether or not it is a comedy or tragedy. There needs to be a clear understanding of the comedic component of the play in order to comprehend William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; this understanding can come from analysing the tone of the play, the political and social setting, and the characters that make this story whole. One…

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    Throughout history, humans are known to be one of the most selfish beings on the planet. There have been many points in time where humans refuse to drop their bigoted beliefs. Many times, humans have sacrificed others to maintain these egocentric beliefs and many authors have expressed this dark part of humanity. In the play Merchant Of Venice, the novel To Kill A Mockingbird and the short story The Lottery the authors are trying to tell us that human beings are willing to sacrifice others to…

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    neither a comedy, romance nor tragedy. Due to the nature of the play, it cannot be classified by any one genre. This play dates to somewhere between 1595 and 1600 (N.p., 2016), when William Shakespeare was producing some 12 plays including this play. “The Merchant of Venice” would be more properly referred to as a problem play, which means it raises far more questions than it answers. Having a total of three main plot lines; the Shylock-Antonio bond, the Portia-Bassanio romance, and the ring…

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    The play, The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, is set in the city of Venice. The main characters all struggle with the conflict of money. One of the main characters, Portia, is a wealthy Princess in Belmont. Her dead father, created a system in which Portia’s suitors must choose the correct chest in order to marry her; Bassanio choose the correct chest and wins Portia hand in marriage and her money. Bassanio is in debt and needs money in order to save the life of his friend Antonio.…

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    The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is a play with a young merchant, Antonio who would do anything for his friend Bassanio. Bassanio is in need of money to woo Lady Portia. Bassanio does not want to directly take money from Antonio; instead he goes to Shylock for loan and uses Antonio’s name as credit to borrow the loan. Shylock and Antonio have a feud; they hate each other since they work in the same business and have different religions. Also, Antonio has on numerous occasions…

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    It is clear to see the similarities between the plays The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. Marlowe is thought to have been a contemporary of Shakespeare and he would have looked towards Shakespeare and his famous comedy for inspiration for his own work. One of the most significant similarities between the two plays is their Jewish characters, Barabas from The Jew of Malta and Shylock from The Merchant of Venice. However, it is said that…

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    Donald Trump cheats his way into power and manipulates people into voting for him. Similar the this in the play, The Merchant Of Venice (M.O.V) written by William Shakespeare; Prince Morocco, Prince Arragon. and Bassanio are manipulated by Portia. In M.O.V Portia demonstrates that there can be justice without mercy through her actions and her manipulations with her suitors. Portia is as a teacher is with students. She can manipulate them into believing anything she has to say; whether or not…

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    Comedies and Tragedies William Shakespeare is known all over the world for his dramatic literature. His plays are most commonly known as comedies and tragedies. Originally The Merchant of Venice was placed with other comedies, but since then, critics have been speculating on whether or not it should be classified as a tragedy instead (Fendt). A comedic drama is defined as being humorous and generally having a happy ending, whereas a tragedy involves suffering of the main or several characters…

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    Dramatic Significance Exposed by Risk in The Merchant of Venice Risk is the exposure to danger. Taking risks are necessary because risk reveals experience to an individual. Hazard has both malevolent and benevolent outcomes, which can affect the overall atmosphere in a play. The content of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice includes many scenarios of risk-taking among the relationships between characters. The Merchant of Venice consists of four different plots: the bond plot, casket…

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    Many scholars have argued about the role of justice and mercy in The Merchant of Venice. One of the largest interpretations of the role of justice and mercy is that Portia represents mercy seen in Christianity while Shylock demonstrates the emphasis on justice seen in Judaism. Rather than emphasizing one religion over another, Shakespeare utilizes Portia and Shylock to demonstrate how both concepts of justice and mercy can be utilized for self-seeking purposes in The Merchant of Venice. The…

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