Merchant Of Venice Comedy Analysis

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Is The Merchant of Venice, comedy or tragedy? The Merchant of Venice is a very complicated piece of literature to classify into just one genre. It could perfectly be considered a comedy because of all the generic features present in that genre. On the other hand, it also contains gloomy elements. Some example of this is Shylock’s desire for the alternate mode of payment on the debt, the pound of flesh from Antonio. Because of this various elements, attempting to categorize The Merchant of Venice into just one genre can get a little confusing. First, what is comedy and what is tragedy. According to, “comedy is a type of drama that is intended to amuse, usually with a happy ending. The central character of a comedy is usually an ordinary character that faces conflicts that arise from misunderstandings or mistaken identities but overcomes them, and the play ends with a happy resolution.” (TutorVision) and tragedy is “a drama that ends in the downfall of its main character… The hero’s downfall is meant to inspire audiences to examine their own lives, to define their beliefs, and to cleanse their emotions of pity and terror through compassion for the character.” (TutorVista). The difference in the two genres is very evident, mainly because in a comedy the protagonists end with a happy ending, but in a tragedy the opposite. The first characteristic we can see that helps us identify The Merchant of Venice is that at the end, all the protagonists overcome
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