If this had a secondary title, delivered in the parlance of our times it would be THE POUND OF FLESH I liked this for many reasons but the element that stands out most is Shakespeare s focus Many of his plays have various, complex, and intertwined sub plots, some being interesting than the theme itself, TMOV is focused and almost relentless, we have one simple course of action that the story leads inevitably towards and which keeps the reader and the audience entranced, will Shylock really remain intent on claiming his bond Even the Duke seems ready to predict that Shylock will relent at the end and just take the money Other fascinating themes explored are the love of money and love itself, both in romantic terms and in friendship While Antonio and Portia present complex and thoroughly entertaining Shakespearean characterizati Maybe because I read this play with the famous controversy of its antisemitism on my mind, or because I expected a true hearted villain, Iago fashion , in the Jewish usurer Skylock, but I reached the last scene of the play with the extraordinary sensation that the Jew s failure to execute the bloodthirsty bond was of an anecdote than a climatic victory over evil.
Shakespeare s precise wordplay presents a flesh and bone figure in Shylock, a flawed human being, a man who has been mocked and persecuted by his Christian antagonists and who seeks disproportionate revenge out of hurt pride and blind rage He is not wicked by nature the Jew has a motive to retaliate, either with or without the weight of morality on his side, and that is precisely what makes him such a believable character.
And then, there is Portia Portia, Oh Portia To me, Po Book, The Merchant of Venice By William Shakespeare This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Merchant of Venice, Essay By William Shakespeare Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For Download Epub Format ✓ The Merchant of Venice PDF by À William Shakespeare You 3 1 2 stars.
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Well I certainly did not expect that ending I didn t imagine Portia to be one to give second chances, especially after seeing her scheming to discover who is important to Bassanio, herself or Antonio It bothered me to see her tricking Bassanio with no repent Incidentally, I feel sad for Antonio In my opinion, he did deserve to end up wealthy but not alone Same for Shylock, even though I can t ignore his showing cruelty instead of mercy Redemption was hardly an option he considered, but still, he was left with nothing They took away from him one of the things that was most important to him his religion He wasn t a monstrous villain to me, just a very vindictive and av The Merchant of Venice , William ShakespeareThe Merchant of Venice is a 16th century play written by William Shakespeare in which a merchant in Venice must default on a large loan provided by a Jewish moneylender It is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599 1999 1377 187 9644451597 9789644451591 1384 1387 1390 1393 17 1394 200 9786002531940 1378 The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare is the old classics selection for catching up on classics for September 2016 This comedy, first printed in 1609 five years prior to Shakespeare s death, offers many pressing issues of its day that are unfortunately still relevant today It is still widely studied in schools yet is banned in many places as well due to its anti Semitic portrayal of Jews and some lewdness It is in this light that I discuss the Bard s work Jews had been banned from England in 1290, so it is highly unlikely that Shakespeare came across many Jews during his lifetime His portrayal of Shylock as a greedy moneylender is considered stereotypical by many Other scholars, however, have created rumors that perhaps Shakespeare himself was Jewish and that his creation of Shylock was to bring awareness the po æ The Merchant of Venice ✓ The pretty islands of Venice, in the shallow lagoon, atop the blue, Adriatic Sea, as the blazing rays of the Sun, shine down, on the brilliant colors of the homes, the calm canals full of boats , with cargo, from faraway lands, a glorious past, but an uncertain future, the rise of Portugal, worries the people The city once powerful, a short distance from the Italian mainland, vastly wealthy, is in declineAntonio, the most successful merchant in Venice, and a gambler in commerce, his ships float in the unpredictable oceans waves, always bringing him back riches , to the lucky man His cousin, and best friend , Bassanio, not so much, he has a bad habit of spending not only all his money, but quite a lot not in his pockets a concept still popular in modern times As they say, a friend in need, is a friend indeed, Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan, but
Although the most famous speech from this piece is, deservedly and understandably, Shylock s prick us monologue, I think that the useful speech to talk about what I felt about the play is Portia s only slightly less famous quality of mercy speech in the court room scene The quality of mercy is not strain d,It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath it is twice blest It blesseth him that gives and him that takes Tis mightiest in the mightiest it becomesThe throned monarch better than his crown His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,The attribute to awe and majesty,Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings But mercy is above this sceptred sway It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,It is an attribute to God himself And earthly power doth then show likest God sWhen mercy seasons justice Therefore, Jew,Though justice be thy plea, consider this,That, in the 13.