However, Shylock is also portrayed as compassionate in order to challenge the Jewish stereotypes throughout the play. In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare makes it apparent
In Act 4 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ the emphasis on the conflicts between justice and mercy help build tension throughout the scene. As the penultimate scene of the play, it was an expression of all Shakespeare’s ideas to the audience. The Dukes derogatory language towards Shylock and pitiful concern for Antonio’s well-being has revealed an unreasonable form of justice which portrays dramatic irony on the Christian’s belief in equal and unprejudiced laws. The hidden intelligence of Portia and Nerissa demonstrates to the Elizabethan audience that women shouldn’t be categorized as inferior to men. The Venetian’s hateful attitude against Jews is further amplified in this scene as they continue to further alienate Shylock and call him insulting names.
Clearly the idea of identity in Romeo and Juliet contributes to a great conflict within the famous play. Each family were in a different social class and Juliet's gender played a major role in the idea of Independence and privacy against her her own family! Juliet only being 13 or 14 was a major contributing factor to the theme of identity as a young female in the Middle Ages such a play would have been absolutely shocking during shakespeare's era because of her outright disownment of her wealthy family for a lover of a lower social class. We see this in other literature and movies such as mixed races where individuals have fallen in love with each other families disown each other because of societal pressure and societal norms of racism and discrimination. This play, Romeo and Juliet touches upon those societal problems that are timeless especially with individuals wanting to fall in love with a lower social class or an individual that is from a different wealth class.
Shakespeare’s language and choice of words portrays one of the most vital characters of the play, Portia, as a powerless woman to a large extent… but only in a certain way. Being ‘powerful’ has three meanings, one is “having great strength”, two is “having control over people and events”, and lastly three is “having a strong effect on people’s thoughts and feelings”. The two latter definitions are similar yet very different in this context. Making it possible for Portia to seem like a powerless woman, but surprisingly remain one of the most important characters. The reader’s first impression of Portia is through Bassanio’s description during his conversation with Antonio.
Deception, defiance and double meanings are what make Shakespeare’s plays the great wonder that they are today. Shakespearian is known as the most poetic, romantic and comic form of play writing, however each play has strong morals and meanings in them. One of Shakespeare’s plays, the Merchant of Venice, focuses of the acts of deception. Some say that none of the characters in the play are seen as ‘kind’ by the end of it, stating that: “Grace, nobility and generosity of spirit are submerged by greed, distrust and ugly prejudice.” This play enlightens true meanings of deception on nearly every level; from Jessica deceiving her father, Shylock being deceived by the court and the deceitful tale of ‘the rings’, that is seen throughout the Merchant of Venice. Jessica is the beautiful daughter of Shylock the Jew, who she despises greatly.
In the play Romeo and Juliet hate is a major role in the story/play. The hate revolves around the hatred between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s. Hatred is shown throughout Romeo and Juliet as shown by peoples’ acts of violence. The story does not reveal why the hatred began, only that it was an ongoing conflict between the two families. The people who live in Verona are well aware of the continual conflict between the Montague’s and the Capulet’s.
Jarrod Zammit William Shakespeare’s tragicomedy The Merchant of Venice highlights the flaws in and destructive potential of religious discrimination. It emphasises to its audience how religious prejudice can initiate, heighten and justify discrimination through the Christian attitude towards Jews, and shows the erroneous discriminatory stereotyping being perpetuated by powerful individuals such as the Duke. The harm of religious discrimination is conveyed through Shylock’s protestations to segregation and eventual revenge. These themes teach powerful lessons regarding religious hatred which can be applied to the prevalent modern dilemma of Muslim stereotypes. The Christian and Jewish conflict in the play demonstrates the harmful and fallacious
In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, there are an ample exhibit of puissance dynamics between the characters occurring throughout the play. The majority of this ascendancy is customarily kept within men of high division, with low reputation females receiving the least amount of potency; this can be discerned through the the interactions of characters in the play. Nonetheless, Shakespeare alters this power dynamic through the utilization of puns. These puns can have an concealed connotation that some characters don’t recognize, which can give the utilizer a sense of potency over others. Over the course of the play, certain characters maintain high power, this sense of power is often perceived through characters’ actions and conversations.
Demons play a large part in this religious concept, as demons are believed to be the punishers of evil and can create evil in the world. Demons also represent the overall evil in the world and the evil that is inside people. Demons are overall a symbol of evil and sin in Judaism. Lilith, an important demon in Judaism is one of these demons that creates evil. Lilith typically appears as a demon of the night, as suggested by her Hebrew name, she is also usually depicted as a attractive woman (Hirsch, Emil, et al.).
Shylock is indeed a villain, yet he is a villain because of these “courtesies” (I. iii 138) from Antonio and Christians in general, Shylock’s insecurities have turned around to become selfish and immoral desires. Conclusively showing that Shylock humanizes himself because of his insecurities and the endless abuses he has