Do both men feel the same way about each other? Shylock is entitled to his pound of flesh. On the other hand though characters such as Bassanio and Antonio are portrayed with the themes of positivity. In the Merchant of Venice, this separation between those good and evil is existent in the Venetian community, especially for the character of Shylock. Bassanio asks Antonio to lend him three thousand ducats. In The Merchant of Venice hate, loyalty, pride and prejudice, love and friendship are just some of the themes investigated with in the play. We can trace this understanding of mercy, as narrated by Portia, as the manner in which the difference between the Old and New Testament was understood by the Christians of Elizabethan period.
This theme is however, somewhat contradictory to the question of perception and prejudice among the characters of the play. The play Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare has two major themes running through its story. The theme is accentuated through relationships and interaction between the characters in the play, mainly between the characters of Antonio, the Merchant, and Shylock, the Jewish money lender. He is being clever and taking the advantage of Antonio's current situation because the stability of Venice depends on the busin. In fact after Shylock speaks. Just as Shylock asked for justice, and in the end, justice was served. The Prince, having shallow reasoning only wanted to marry Portia because of her wealth.
Bassanio and Portia have already. There is even more tense and hatred relationships between Antonio and Shylock. He had to convert to Christianity after being tortured for years by Christians themselves. Portia was a wealthy woman that inherited all her fathers money and her father left three caskets if someone wanted to marry her they would have to pick a casket if they pick the wrong casket they are never allowed to marry again but if they pick the right casket all of Portia wealth goes to her husband. Nevertheless, the subtle yet vital motif of music is ingrained in the play in order to offer a unique approach to understanding the plot and its relationship with the characters. I will be going into depth in this critical response about what are the main themes which will include the conflict between justice and mercy and the contrast of love and hate. If he doesn't do this, he may cut one pound of his fair flesh.
Throughout The Merchant of Venice, the themes of mercy and justice are continuously contradicting when it comes to This meant that for the trial to be fair, the bond will need to be satisfied. Shylock is crucial because he is a crucial character to 2 plots including the main one. The prejudice runs deep and strong on both sides. Hence, the spirit of the law gets more precendence over the letter of the law. She tries to say that mercy is something that is effortless; it should come to you as natural as how the rain falls from heaven. He leaves, having promised, as all the suitors had, to remain celibate if he should pick the wrong casket.
Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a. Therefore, racism is a main theme in The Merchant Of Venice. Therefore, it should be no surprise that three spirited young women are present in The Merchant of Venice. Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? In the courtroom scene of Act 4, scene 1, both the Duke and Portia present mercy as a better alternative to the pursuit of either law or revenge. Bassanio and Antonio both speak politely to Shylock at the beginning for example 'If it please you to dine with us' but this is because they are asking for money and not because they are particularly sincere.
But when it came to comedies, Shakespeare created quite a few strong and witty characters for his heroines, in keeping with an age and country ruled by the extremely intelligent and powerful Queen Elizabeth. In most of Shakespeare's plays, the women have little power and intelligence. We learn about these themes mainly through Antonio, Bassanio and Shylock each representing their respective personalities. It is a play in which Shakespeare creates a range of emotions for his audience to experience, through one of the characters Shylock. Portia, who makes this long speech about mercy to make Shylock surrender in court, is now the merciless one in this situation. During that period the play was written and based the treatment of Jews was very different from today, the reason being society often refuses to except immigrants as actual people that believe still exists today, the treatment of Jews was very poor, Jewish people were not allowed to hold employment except for the job of money lender, this made the Jewish people even more despised by the Christians of the time. Shakespeare often incorporated the themes of love and hate in his plays, either as the main plot, or a sub plot as such in The Merchant of Venice.
According to Bruce Frohnen in Lawless America: What Happened to the Rule of Law, the rule of law can defined as public order that is used to control the actions of others whether it be justified or not and enforced consistently. Antonio, as well as the duke, effectively ends the conflict by starving it of the injustices it needs to continue. The first contract in the play that I discovered is one between Portia and her father. This potentially tragic play masks itself in comedy, giving its audience a glance at the inherent social prejudices of. He is saying here, because Antonio has done something wrong, Shylock has a right to take the pound of flesh and not show any mercy. Needless to say, those actions are the main reason for Shylocks hatred, so strong and unceasing, towards his offender. Love is portrayed in this play through Portia and Bassanio.
In contrast, Belmont is a city in which people flee to in order to get away from the realities of commerce. Some related scenes: Act 1 Scene 3: Bassanio. When he opens the casket, he is surprised to see a skull symbolising that he is cold hearted, selfish and that many men desire death. Mercy depicts a large part of this play, mercy is one of themes that ends it. Is any love held up as more valuable or enduring than another? Shylock is angry about many misfortunes in his life, which include the loss of his daughter to a Christian, this is a real embarrassment and a painful experience because of strong racial prejudice and hatred between the religious groups at the time.
Throughout the play he is subject to severe racial hatred from the Christian people of Venice, Venice was primarily a Christian state so being of a different religious background, being a Jew was frowned upon. This is whyThe Merchant of Venice? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? I had mixed feelings since I was scared that I would not be able to play the character well. In The Merchant of Venice, mercy and justice are the continuing predominant themes. I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem. They are alike in more ways than one.
Belmont is a fairy-tale world of music and love. The Christian characters certainly view the matter this way. To understand Shakespeare's treatment of the Jews in this play, we need to. The Renaissance ideal of noble friendship between men is less familiar than the ideal of marriage. It a world of commercial and law. Prejudice is also a large theme used, which is tied in with the theme of money. Venice is marked by its cultural melting pot and friction, along with its focus on business and greed.