Introduction A romantic comedy is a play that integrates romantic elements as well as humour. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. What if there were a law saying, for example, that white men were allowed to own black men? These themes, although were evident in the time of Shakespeare, are just as significant and universal today. A Jew, he reasons, is equipped with the same faculties as a Christian, and is therefore subject to feeling the same pains and comforts and emotions. To inflict hurt or harm for an injury or wrong done to oneself What made Shylock want to seek revenge? He is only shown to be the antagonist of the story because of all the hatred he gains from Christians. The issue of appearance versus reality is demonstrated in varied ways, mainly by the use of real-life situations.
Portia's Mercy Speech We see mercy, justice and revenge collide in the courtroom scene. Still, Jews were a popular target of hatred in Shakespeare's England in large part due the trial of Queen Elizabeth's personal physician, Rodrigo Lopez, a converted Portuguese Jew. He is very much in control of the image he sends out to others. A sealed bag, two sealed bags of ducats, Of double ducats, stol'n from me by my daughter! It's going to be a bumpy history lesson. Merchant of Venice: Injustice and Revenge A Serving of Injustice with a Side of Revenge: The Merchant of Venice During the Venetian era in which The Merchant of Venice takes place, the law is heavily depended on among society. Because he tried to kill Antonio, Shylock had to give up his religion and his wealth. In such instances, revenge can be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way.
The emendation where for here seems unnecessary. He was spat on, insulted, and treated like a dog. We are not meant to sympathize entirely with Shylock: he may have been wronged, but he lacks both mercy and a sense of proportion. Antonio is often sad and depressed; the cause of the sadness is not known but it is often said it is because he the two so their contrasts become highlighted. He wishes to kill Antonio by binding him to a bond of 3,000 ducats and if it is not paid then a pound of flesh be given. Cunning, vengeful and cruel are words you may use to describe this malicious character, but does he really deserve this reputation? Since Venice is full of Christians, they are viewed totally opposite.
If you poison us do we not die? The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly. Shylock replies that Antonio will soon be bankrupt and swears to collect his bond. Rather than a one-dimensional villain viewed through the eyes of the Elizabethan era when the play was written, Shylock can also be seen as both an Elizabethan stereotype and a fully drawn human being when the play is viewed through. Her point: Mercy is greater than revenge. The two women that are in this play take on the role of the saviors of the men who seem helpless and hopeless compared to them.
Because that never leads to bad stuff ahem the Crusades ahem. Elizabethans believed that a platonic noble friendship could exist between two men. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. Shakespeare, with his pulse on the popular interest, presented The Merchant of Venice around 1597, hot on the heels of the Lopez trial. However this can be compared to Belmont, which is very much the upper-class city. The genre of romantic comedy depicts societies that cannot accommodate the independent woman, often indicated by the hiding of her true identity in order to be able to function in society. I also intend to consider the different.
I have spoke thus much To mitigate the justice of thy plea, Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there. The play is magnificently thrilling even for those who have not yet read the play. If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. Yet, when they do, Shylock himself asks to be killed. Go with me to a notary, seal me there Your single bond; and, in a merry sport, If you repay me not on such a day, In such a place, such sum or sums as are Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit Be nominated for an equal pound Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken In what part of your body pleaseth me. As well as the conflict between justice and mercy there is the juxtaposition of the two main settings in the play, Venice and Belmont. However, during these Venetian times, asserting justice within the law is a very important factor when being practiced for the greater good of society and that is not ideally expressed here.
The question of who is or is not merciful, therefore remains open. Even though it was written in the late 1500s these themes still have significance today. 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. The discrimination that occurred among all. Work Cited Page Goddard, Harold C. It's payback for the way he is treated in Venice because he is a Jew, it's revenge for his daughter's running away with a Christian. Besides, evil is also brought to light, exhibiting enlightenment and reformation.
Then somebody in Florida sells his soul to the devil and, before you know it, your little brother is facing a pretty lively light socket. Another type explored is the love shared between father and child. However, he puts the picture of Portia in the least expected casket; this would be the lead casket. He will no stop till his bond is fulfilled. This illustrates the change that has occurred in society on their views of a noble friendship. Shylock explicitly refuses to show mercy, while the Christians, in sparing Shylock's life in the end, claim that they have.
Within this play lies a court case between two parties, Antonio and Shylock, where justice must be served to abide by the laws and to the contracted agreement made between them. This argosy is mentioned above, i. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? This personal retribution that Shylock has for Antonio carries over once the court case occurs in Act 4. He uses techniques, dramatic techniques and context to showcase these ideas which form the plot, climax and conclusion of this remarkable play. I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! Antonio, Comedy, Discrimination 961 Words 3 Pages Themes in The Merchant of Venice This resource is designed as a reference guide for teachers. Shakespeare wants his book to be anti-Semitic. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Many factors of this play are derived from the current voice of situation.