Reaction Paper On The Merchant Of Venice

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The merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice is a 16th-century play by William Shakespeare who was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and world’s preeminent dramatist, is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. This play is believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespeare 's other romantic comedies, the play is perhaps most remembered for its dramatic scenes, and it is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia 's speech about "the quality of mercy". Critic Harold Bloom listed it among Shakespeare 's great comedies.
The merchant of Venice, Antonio, is a wealthy merchant, the opposite of the usurer of another Jew, Shylock. Bassanio, Antonio 's good friend, due to the eager of marrying a beautiful lady Portia who inherited a fortune, comes to Antonio for help; unfortunately, Antonio has no money left besides him. Therefore, Antonio has no choice but to borrow three thousand pieces of gold from Shylock. However, Shylock because of Antonio lending money to people without interest, which affects the usury, moreover, he once insulted himself; thus, hates Antonio and wants to take advantage of the loan agreement and set a trap to revenge.
Shylock 's hatred of Antonio 's former self is so great that he takes advantage of this opportunity to demand a
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