Role of women in The Merchant of Venice Women during 16th century had no individual freedom. Despite the fact that a single woman ruled England at the time of Shakespeare, the Elizabethan society was patriarchal. Women were considered the weaker gender and always in need of being protected. Wealthy woman were highly educated but they had no right to have professions while poor women sometimes would turn to prostitution or become servants to survive. The book The Merchant of Venice was settled in Venice because Shakespeare wanted to show that even in the foundation place of Renaissance were prejudicial ideas and woman was considered as a weak character.
Some merchants crossed foreign boundaries when trading and paid taxes or offered gifts to the local rulers. They were also not liked by the clergy, so the clergy convinced the community that these activities were evil and against God’s will. As such, people would blame the merchants for natural catastrophes including disease, floods or famine as a punishment to the community from God. There were different kinds of merchants such as a wholesale merchant who operates in the chain between produce and retail merchant, typically dealing in large quantities of goods. There were merchants who, in the eyes of the nobility, were perceived as misers and weren’t liked by the clergy.
Nerissa only married Nerissa in order to mirror Bassanio’s actions, which is shown ``You saw…, I beheld...You loved…, I loved`` (III.II.2) indicating that the marriage was out of convenience rather than love. So in the Merchant of Venice we can see that the relationship between characters can mean something very different. The different thoughts that each character carries is an important part in the play, we can see how religion can be affect one’s quality of life and how marriage is more of a tool for wealth rather than love. Mercy also becomes a silver lining when it was used in order to turn the trial onto Shylock, resulting him converting to Christianity. So we can see how religion and ethics become part of a large story in the Merchant of
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.
However, unlike England in the late 1200’s, Venice partially accepted the Jews, even if it was by ghettoizing them (Worrall). This made them less anti-semitic than other countries at the time, even if they still treated Jews poorly. In is unknown whether Shakespeare visited Venice or the Ghetto before he wrote and published The Merchant of Venice, but he must have heard of it (Worrall). The relationship between Shylock and the other characters could be based on an understanding of the new social system created by the
This especially happened concerning the way they thought about their God. When the Jews were faced with the horrible occurrences from the Holocaust, their thoughts about God changed. This insinuates one thing. People’s thoughts concerning religion change with faced with difficult circumstances. The Jews started out being completely devoted to God.
In the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare there are several characters who display their confidence. One character who shows the most courage is Benvolio. While some may say otherwise, it is clear that he displays courage in several different ways. Benvolio’s choice of occupation is an act of courage in itself. Because he is a peacemaker, Benvolio must come in between quarrels, which is very bold.
In Merchant of Venice, a romantic comedy written by Shakespeare, Shylock, a man of Jewish faith, is portrayed as the villain and obstacle of the tale. Many have argued that the play was written as an anti-Semitic piece of work because of the portrayal of Shylock. Anti-Semitism is the hatred, prejudice or discrimination of Jews in all aspects of their lives, and this treatment is clearly seen being thrown onto Shylock by one of the main protagonists, Antonio. One must ask the question now, if the role of Shylock is simply to be the villain. I say this because there is a reason as to why Shylock is a villain in the first place; the treatment of Shylock by our good hearted Christian, Antonio.
In the story, “The Merchant of Venice,” there is a character named Shylock. Shylock is a Jewish citizen who lives in Venice, a place where Jewish people are one of the lowest class of citizens. This piece by Shakespeare creates this controversial character that can be viewed as a villain or victim. In this play, through the archetypal lense, we can see that Shylock is a villain because of his hatred and his desire for revenge. Some people may see Shylock as a victim because during the time period in which the story is wrote, jewish people were treated like animals and given nearly no rights or role in society.
ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT. “Frailty, the name is Women “– William Shakespeare Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare is a bitter comedy about a Jewish moneylender Shylock who seeks revenge from a wealthy merchant Antonio. The play highlights many important themes such as mercy, prejudice, the law, justice. The setting of the play is in Venice and in Belmont. While the Jews had been banned from England since 1290 , Venice had laws to protect non venetians traders who contributed in the economic welfare .Shakespeare’s setting is full of religious strife between the Christians and the Jews .Belmont is presented as a contrast to Venice .