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The play was written during and Shylock and Portia are the best known characters in the play.
William Shakespeare is an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is a pre-eminent dramatist and one of the greatest writers in the English language. The Merchant of Venice discusses the ethical and moral issues prevailing in the traditional religious society.
The play captures the tensions of the Jewish and Christian society. It also mentions the prevailing religious differences and subsequent inhumane, revengeful acts within the society.
The story of Merchant of Venice is based on the trading conflict between Shylock, a Jewish merchant, and Antonio, a Christian merchant.
Antonio is in need of money to finance his friend Bassanio for his trip to Belmont. With no money left at his hand, he puts himself under the power of Shylock. The Jewish moneylender uses the situation for his advantage. He decides to revenge on Antonio if he defaults the loan.
Antonio had been previously disgraceful to Shylock since he was a Jew. This was the reason for Shylock to be furious enough to avenge Antonio. At the same time, Bassanio travels to Belmont to woo Portia for marriage.
They immediately get back to Venice. Portia, disguised as a man, comes to Venice to save Antonia. Even after constant talks, Shylock refuses to free Antonio, demanding for a pound of flash.
The duke of Venice takes the trial with disguised Portia defending Antonio in the court. When Shylock remains inflexible to the legal binding, Portia cleverly tackle him by saying he can take the flesh but not the blood.
Aware that he has been trapped, he accepts the double payment, but the duke and Portia refuse it. They condemn him for conspiring against Antonio. Found to be guilty, Shylock is cornered by Portia to give half of his properties to the state and remaining half to Antonio for disgracing him.
Visited 16 times, 1 visits today.The Merchant of Venice, Act IV, Scene I [The quality of mercy is not strained] William Shakespeare, - The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath.
Shakespeare lived during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I () and King James I (), who commissioned the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible, published in William was born to John and Mary Arden Shakespeare, the .
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a classic play that has also brought about some issues revolving around the antagonist of the story Shylock.
The purpose of this essay is to discuss the character of Shylock in the play and also introduce the uses of that name throughout history down to .
Literary Analysis of The merchant of Venice From Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice by Margaret Hill McCarter. Topeka: Crane & Co. "To live for a universal end is not merely desirable, but necessary, and forms the basis of moral action.".
Summary of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Shylock demands a pound of flesh that Bassanio agreed to; Portia saves the day as a cross-dressing lawyer.
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