Portia Essays

  • Discrimination In Merchant Of Venice

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    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 loan isn’t paid back, Shylock may take a pound of Antonio’s flesh for his loss. Bassanio proves that he’s worthy to Portia, but finds out that Antonio’s ships were lost, therefore, Antonio forfeit his bond to Shylock. During the trial, Portia and

  • Merchant Of Venice Choice Analysis

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    self and others of Portia and the choice of self-sacrifice of Antonio. The first choice appear in The Merchant of Venice is in the character Shylock. In the society of Venice, Shylock is completely isolated and left out in the society because he is a Jew and usurer. He can be described as a 'Jew', 'heretic' and 'evil'. However, the opportunity comes to him which is the bond. The purpose of the bond is to take Antonio's flesh if Antonio cannot repay the

  • Merchant Of Venice Thrift Analysis

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    upon in hindsight, reveal to the audience Shylock’s future curse. A shaded beginning to this could be when Antonio’s boats are lost and the interest is due. The inability of Shylock to collect that interest, thanks to the artful legal maneuvering of Portia, exposes him to an ultimate curse--the loss of reputation and wealth. However, the likely commencement of this prophecy is the loss of the blessing which Shylock is so proud of, he blames the Christians, since his converted daughter is the one who

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

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    Furthermore, there is the important question of when and how much mercy should be shown. In this scene, Shylock is asked to give mercy when he has to reason to. However, the duke claims that he is merciful to Shylock, even though he is not obliged to. Portia, who advocates mercy, grants a lot of mercy to Shylock by not taking his life but taking his religion and livelihood instead. To the Christians in the play, this is showing a lot of mercy, but to Shylock, this is hardly mercy, because Shylock claims

  • Is Shylock A Villain Or A Victim Essay

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    Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? In the Merchant of Venice Shylock is a Jewish man that has constantly been teased and discarded because of his religion by the christian men around him. He has been looked at as an underclass man because of his religion. In the Merchant of Venice Antonio, a highly respected christian businessman has made a deal with Shylock and Shylock has taken the opportunity of Antonio being in his need of a loan to use it to his advantage. Shylock made a deal to where if the

  • Examples Of Anti-Semitism In Shakespeare's Plays

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    In looking at Shakespeare plays as a whole, it is fair to say that religion has seemingly always been a point of controversy. With this being said, none of his plays have generated more religious controversy than The Merchant of Venice. While this play seemed to hold more moving and emotional passages than any of the others we have read so far, I found Shakespeare to be extremely blunt about the insertion of anti-semitism into the play. While some try to argue that Shakespeare is able to save himself

  • 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

  • Demonic Imagery In Shakespeare's Othello

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    Imagery is one of the most provocative and pervasive forms of literary techniques available and is often used to develop themes and characters. As such, it is no surprise that it is prevalent throughout Shakespeare's plays and regularly employed to develop overarching themes. In his tragic play Othello, Shakespeare uses demonic imagery as a point of contrast between a character’s true nature and the impressions held by others in order to develop the theme of how people’s impressions of others can

  • Media And Stereotypes

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    Representation and stereotypes Stereotypes is a big issue within the media industry. Representation within the media is show someone or something, using a process of depicting, descripting and symbolization. Stereotypes as described by Stuart Hall as “Representation is the production of the meaning of the concepts in our minds through language which enables us to refer to either the ‘real’ world of objects people or events, or indeed to imaginary worlds of fictional objects, people and events” In

  • An Analysis Of Martin Luther King's A Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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    In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “A Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” he provides answers to fundamental metaphysical questions regarding the nature of the human soul. Though his letter is addressed to a group of eight clergymen criticizing his direct action campaign in Birmingham, his ultimate aim is the uplifting of human personhood. Underlying King’s letter is a philosophical, hylemorphic anthropology which puts an anchor deep into a certain conception of personhood, and binds all people who are to

  • Speech About Friendship

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    How To Spot Fake Friendships Mark Twain, the renowned humorist, once said,” Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life”. And only a nincompoop would disagree to the same. Through the centuries, the mankind has evolved, yet the definition of friendship hasn’t changed. Allegiance ,candor ,love; friendships still work on these conditions. Melodramatic motion pictures, Pop songs, Prominent personalities, everyone have had their fair share of opinion on friendship. What

  • 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)

  • Anti-Semitism In Remember The Titans

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    About a year and a half ago, my brother and I were at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summer. I was talking with one of my buddies in the camp about the religion I practice, when suddenly a camp counselor tapped me on my shoulder. I turned around and he had the most utterly confused look on his face I’d ever seen. He actually asked me without a doubt in his mind, “Wait? If you’re Jewish then where's your horns?” When other kids heard him ask me they wondered as well and for some reason started

  • Role Of Katherine In Taming Of The Shrew

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    The Taming of the Shrew is a well-known play by the famous William Shakespeare in which he created Katherine who is one of the main characters In the play to take on the role of a head strong and misunderstood women. Some of her qualities caused some readers to misdiagnose her with the qualities of being a shrew. The play showcases Katherine as the opposite of what a gentle lady was which was the ideal woman during their time period. Katherine married another lead character by the name Petruchio

  • Violence In The Tempest

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    1. ‘I’ll wrack thee with old cramps, / Fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar, / That beasts shall tremble at thy din.’ (1.2.372-74) Interrogate the representation of violence in The Tempest. In the Shakespearean comedy The Tempest, we are presented with the psychological violence associated with the abuse of power and continuous theme of colonialism explored throughout the play. In early works of Shakespeare it is evident that the violence interrogated in his plays consists of bloodshed and

  • The Theme Of Love In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms

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    Love is the one thing that can bring people together. All around the world, people find love in other people, material objects, or religion. In A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, two Americans stationed in France, Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley, find love in eachother during World War 1. Their relationship is tested time and time again by the war, but their love for eachother is what motivates them to survive. At first, Frederic and Catherine’s relationship is based on physical attraction

  • 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

  • Morality In Les Miserables

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    Les Miserables: Morality and the Human Experience Les Miserables by Victor Hugo focuses on the interactions between people and society, as well as how the actions of a few can affect the whole. Jean Valjean, Javert, and Thenardier were catalysts for this novel, each in their own ways. By studying how their Hedonistic, Utilitarian, and Kant’s Categorical viewpoints evolved throughout the story, one can better understand the message that Hugo is conveying to the reader: that although love can completely

  • Sophocles Antigone-Creon As A Tragic Hero

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    Creon as a Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a character whose actions result in personal downfall. This demise could be seen in isolation, unhappiness, and many times death. In the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles, two main characters, Creon and Antigone, can be seen as tragic heroes. Each character’s demise is a consequence of Creon’s orders to prohibit the proper burial of Antigone’s brother, Polynices, as he was considered a traitor to the kingdom of Thebes. Creon in the Greek tragedy Antigone

  • Brief Summary Of David Pelzer's The Lost Boy

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    Summary of The Lost Boy David Pelzer, author of The Lost Boy, shares his struggles of dealing with an abusive mother that lead to his life in foster care in his memoir. He details the beginning of his story by revealing the abuse of his mother who referred to David as “the boy” and even calls him “it”. While he has three older brothers the Mother chose David to take out her anger on and the family even referred to the abuse as “the family secret”. Forced to live in the basement, David tells how he