Venice Essays

  • Venice American Masks

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    Venice is a city steeped in history with a rich and fascinating culture. As such, there are many interesting aspects about the city which could be the topic of further investigation, such as famous Venetians, the history of the city, or Venetian architecture. One event associated with Venetian culture that is particularly interesting and worthy of further exploration is the Carnival of Venice. Specifically, the masks worn during the Carnival – which are synonymous with Venetian culture today – symbolize

  • The Last Duchess Of Venice Analysis

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    1. Introduction In Italy, the Renaissance took place in larger cities such as Florence, Rome or Venice. By looking for links between the state of economy and the state of the culture, more particularly the material culture, we can see that art was of great importance and that paintings followed the trade routes. Italian countries exported art and artists to Central Europe, for example Leonardo and Rosso went to France and their paintings travelled both directions. Pictures from Florence were shipped

  • 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

  • Merchant Of Venice Choice Analysis

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    2014080254 金秀珍 Sue Kim Professor Ivy 英语戏剧选读 22 June, 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Essay On Da Messina

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    traveled to quite a few places such as Rome, Naples, Milan, and Venice to study the nature of art and to actually paint his artworks. Additionally, when he was traveling to other places, he would oftentimes return back to Messina to work on more paintings. He would usually paint portraits and landscapes,

  • Palladian Architecture

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    Palladian Architecture Andrea Palladio, who was originally named Andrea di Pietro della Gondola is considered to be the greatest architect of northern Italy during the 16th-century. Palladio was born November 30, 1508 in Padua, Republic of Venice and passed away August of 1580 in Vicenza. During his time, this Italian architect was influenced greatly by Roman and Greek architecture which led him to design both palaces and villas, the most notable villa being Villa Rotonda. Palladio’s architecture

  • Doge's Influence On American Architecture

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    Mark’s Square. This palace had predominantly Byzantine-Venetian architectural inspirations. Political changes and expansion in 1297 also led to the major modifications of the Doge Palace that we see in Venice today, except the Piazzeta’s façade that was completed with the construction of the Porta della Carta by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon. In 1483 Antonio Rizzo was commissioned to repair the damages caused by a violent fire that broke out on the canal-side

  • Revenge And Hatred In Othello

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    William Shakespeare is a well renowned author who is known for showing all human aspects. In the tale of Othello, Shakespeare displays the two most destructive human emotions: vengeance and hatred. In the tale, the two characters, Iago and Othello provide the basis for unfolding tales of lies, deception, intrigue, hate and envy. Iago’s character uses manipulation of multiple people to enact his vengeance against Othello who he believes committed adultery with Iago’s wife Emilia. To plot his revenge

  • J. M. W. Turner Analysis

    943 Words  | 4 Pages

    understanding of the effects of light and color. Giovanni Antonio Canal an 18th century Italian artist better known as Canaletto gives us the other cityscape. Canaletto’s oil painting of the Rialto Bridge and the hustle and bustle of the people of Venice was created in 1730 during the Italian transition from Rococo to Neoclassicism. Rococo was primarily in Northern Europe: France and Germany, however Canaletto was painting in Southern Europe, Italy. Most people believe this work reflects the Rococo

  • Character Essay: Othello As A Tragic Hero

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    has all the characteristics of an tragic hero, he has a lack of self esteem, he has also a noble heart another quality of an tragic hero, he is also a jealous person. Othello, who is a moor, is the general in command of the troops of the Republic of Venice, who secretly married Desdemona, daughter of senator Brabantio. A Venetian nobleman who loves Desdemona, Roderigo, is however aware of the marriage of the woman from Iago, a soldier who resents Othello because he preferred to promote his friend Cassio

  • Marriage In Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew

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    In a place where equality doesn’t exist, women become objects that men trade around for their own benefit. Women are valued according to the wealth they inherit from their “ previous owners,” their fathers. They are disrespected and treated mercilessly, with their beauty and their personality simply being the auxiliaries that profit their owners. In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, marriages are arranged like trading possessions, where women are married off with no rights and are supposed to remain

  • Don Pedro Character Analysis

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    Not only does Don Pedro seem to be the mastermind in my specific performance scene, but he seems to be the mastermind throughout the entire play as a whole from the start till the end where everything is revealed. Don Pedro functions more as a relatively strong mastermind because of his strong ability to have his peers around him follow his instructions, even when it was all a trick. Don Pedro, who was called “Prince” sometimes, is definitely the most socially powerful character in the play. He is