Merchant Essays

  • The Merchant Of Venice Analysis

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    Shakespearean play it often incorporates a great conflict or debate between two characters. As such, we want to divulge into the meanings of these orations and the themes of free will connected in them. In one particular scene in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, we have two orations during the trial between Antonio and Shylock. These orations are the climax to the play, in which the final judgement is based upon who can better speak his case to the Duke, who is the one deciding final action in

  • Discrimination In Merchant Of Venice

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    In his comedic play, The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare introduces a negative treatment and attitude toward Jews in Venice. In the play, a young man named Bassanio asks his friend Antonio—a Venetian merchant—for a loan to court a wealthy heiress, Portia, in the city of Belmont. Antonio is unable to loan him money because he oversees ships that are overseas. Instead, they both seek a loan from a moneylender, Shylock, who is Jewish. Shylock is hesitant at first, but agrees to a bond. If the

  • Women In Merchant Of Venice

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    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

  • Shylock In The Merchant Of Venice

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    CHARACTERS Shylock Shylock is seen as The Merchant of Venice’s main figure, no consensus has been reached on whether to read him as a bloodthirsty man, Jewish stereotype, or a tragic figure who faces many trials. Certainly, Shylock is the play’s antagonist. Shylock is also created through the circumstances which he endured; in his pursuit of a pound of flesh, he frequently mentions the cruelty he has endured by Christian’s, which makes it difficult for us to call him a monster. Shylock’s cold

  • Theme Of Revenge In The Merchant Of Venice

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    When we were little we were taught the Merchant of Venice in school. What I could grasp from the Christian version imparted to us was ' a cruel Jew wanted to harm a Christian gentleman and his subjugation to justice by Portia 's wits. ' Thus for me justice was served. However now reading it again my previous presumptions have been replaced with questions. The 'Jew ' is the question; why did the Jew did what he did?, what made him the spited Jew, Shylock?. I plan to dive deeper into the making

  • Is Shylock A Villain In The Merchant Of Venice

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    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

  • Merchant Of Venice Choice Analysis

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    2016 The Problem of Choice in The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare is classified as a comedy. However, some people hold controversial issues about the genre of this play because there are various interpretations of the play by different point of views. The reason why this play has been a subject of controversy is because the play includes confliction between Jews and Christians, law and mercy, love and friendship, merchant and usurer and all of which contains

  • Merchant Of Venice Justice Analysis

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    justice in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is both controversial and complicated as far as whether justice is attributed or not. Justice of law and justice of morality are illustrated in the play, but in a closer examination hypocrisy and lawlessness are present as well. I will attempt to analyze the theme of justice taking into consideration issues of religion, racism and anti-Semitism in the Early Modern era. To be more specific, Shylock is a Jewish merchant whose legal rights have been

  • Antonio In The Merchant Of Venice Analysis

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    Should Shylock have forgiven his “arch enemy” Antonio in the play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare? The answer to this question may vary from reader to reader, depending on religious and cultural sensibility. The audience back in Shakespeare 's time, would most certainly interpret this play from a perspective influenced by the historical context. At the time, Christians controlled this society and Jews were many times ostracized and even despised, not only for their religious beliefs,

  • Justice In The Merchant Of Venice Analysis

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    of justice in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is both controversial and complicated towards the content of whether justice is served. Justice of law and justice of morality are illustrated in the play, but in a closer examination hypocrisy and lawlessness are present as well. I will be trying to analyze the theme of justice taking under consideration the themes of religion, racism and Anti-Semitism of that era. To be more specific, Shylock is a merchant whose legal rights have been violated

  • A Comparison Of The Merchant Of Venice And Barabas

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    ‘The Merchant of Venice’ written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616) and ‘The Jew of Malta’ written by Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) were both written during a period when anti-semitism was prevalent in England. Anti Semitism is the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people. The Jews were considered a despised race and were deeply resented by the Christians. They bore the plaque of disgrace and hostility. As a Jew, Shylock too faced such discrimination. Although the genre of both these

  • Merchant Of Venice Thrift Analysis

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    Thrift and Exposing Shylock By utilizing alternate definitions of thrift, beyond the common meaning of “frugality [or] saving[s]” (OED), a reader of The Merchant of Venice can examine the motivations and flaws of the infamous, enigmatic character Shylock. Two arcane definitions of thrift will guide our exploration: prosperity (OED); and, earning and acquired wealth (OED). The three occurrences of the word thrift in the play reveal different facets of Shylock; but when examined further, the use of

  • Prejudice And Discrimination In Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

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    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

  • The Cruelty Of Shylock In Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice

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    In Act I. iii of William Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merchant of Venice, the readers first encounter of our “villain”: Shylock. Shylock, a moneylender is asked by Bassiano to lend him money, he refuses Bassiano brings his fellow friend Antonio. Act I. iii focuses on the negotiation of “three thousand ducats” to be able to lend the money to Bassiano. One might imagine, Shylock feels disrespected by the mockery of Antonio’s “need for help” as just before he “spet upon” his “jewish gaberdine”(I. iii 122)

  • Essay On The Character Of Shylock In 'The Merchant Of Venice'

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    Act 3 Scene 1 This scene shows the many sides to Shylock’s character, and the many factors which contributed to shaping his character and personality. Shylock is portrayed in this scene as a very calculative person who is full of hatred. Shylock does not only feel hate towards Antonio and the Christians in his society in general, he also says that he values his money over his daughter. A brief mention of his ring given to him by his wife also shows a softer side of him. However, he might have turned

  • Essay On How Shylock Portrayed As A Villain In Merchant Of Venice

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    To what extent is Shylock portrayed as a villain in Act 1 Scene 3? In the play Merchant of Venice, Shylock in Elizabethan times portrayed as a stereotypical comical villain with a orange beard, wig and a Jewish man who is only worried about money. However over time, the word villain has a different meaning to the modern audience, and Shylock is portrayed in a more positive and sympathetic settings as the divide between the two religions: Christians and Jews, has become smaller. Act three Scene

  • Personal Legend In The Alchemist

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    Andalusia, Spain, along with his flock of sheep. He used an abandoned church by a sycamore tree, as shelter, where he had recurring dreams of treasure in the Egyptian Pyramids. He continues his journey to sell his flocks wool to a merchant, which excited him to see the merchant 's daughter who he said he was in love with. On his way he comes across a women who interprets his dream in return he was to give her, “one-tenth of the treasure,” so he agrees. Santiago then decides to take a break so he reads

  • Santiago's Personal Legend In The Alchemist

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    In the story the alchemist it is discovered that there are many different things in life to look forward to. There is also something in the story that is a moral or your life´s destiny called your personal legend. Your personal legend is one of those things in life that some people look up to in the future. Santiago travels the world to pursue his personal legend. Santiago strived to find his personal legend with the help of people he met on the way to find treasure that he is destined to find ,

  • Finding Enlightenment In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

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    Kamala, her future lover, and falls in love with her. He later hears of a wealthy merchant named Kamaswami and is taken in and given an occupation as a loyal merchant to him, he finds it fun and that later evolved into

  • Analysis Of The Midwife's Apprentice By Karen Cushman

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    “What a man can be, he must be,” is a quote by Dr. Abraham Maslow in the book Motivation and Personality, which talked about a hierarchical pyramid of human needs. It means, such as, if a girl wants to be a midwife, she must be a midwife, like in the book The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman. The main character, Alyce, wants to find a place in the world by becoming a midwife, and it is the most important thing to her. However, her age and gender affect the conflict. First, her gender affected