Situations occur, that doing the just act does not seem to be correct or the right thing to do. Because of this, many christians pushed him around. Shylock declines the offer and demands his rights. In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock reveals to us Shakespeare's attitude towards the Jewish people and anti-Semitism. The Merchant of Venice is often categorized as a romantic comedy. Bassanio is constantly honest with Portia throughout the play.
In The Merchant of Venice hate, loyalty, pride and prejudice, love and friendship are just some of the themes investigated with in the play. Also, Antonio spits on Shylock and kicks him, whenever he sees him. Bassanio takes control of all her wealth. Shakespeare has portrayed Venice as the ¡°real¡± world. When they come head to head, it gets very tense as Shylock still seeks revenge. Before she even sees him, she dismisses even wanting to marry him due to where he is from and to his colour.
I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem. William Shakespeare, the master of dramatics in the English literary tradition, has incorporated certain unique themes in the play Merchant of Venice. With these words, he apparently values his money at least as much as his daughter, suggesting that his greed outweighs his love. But Antonio has one more condition. Shylock cannot understand the hatred of the Jewish people on Antonio and the rest of the Christians part. Love always seems to triumph over adversity in his romantic comedies.
Throughout the play Shakespeare satirizes Jewish stereotypes and depicts acts of extreme bigotry, this has lead to a significant amount of debate as to whether or not Shakespeare was antiemetic. The character is seen as the antagonist of the play. This point is shown on line 21. Some human relationships do indeed matter to Shylock more than money. In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare reveals the idea of mercy through the different scenes in a exciting and interesting way for the readers to keep reading on. However mercy is contradicted in this play, it is rather ironic.
Or that Belmont has a reputation for intolerance and rejection of suitors who are dark skinned. Also for the suitors to know if they have made the correct choice there will be a small portrait with a painting of Portia on it. It is his prevailing hyperbolic terms, which convey his arrogance. William Shakespeare created an art of intertwining often unrecognizable themes within his plays. Between religious intolerance and personal revenge, the play seems devoid of a merciful being.
Antonio has no hope, even the Duke of Venice cannot save him, because the law must be followed if Venice were to maintain the trust of foreign traders. The play contains a great variety of characters. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. Elizabethan audiences find this amusing and enjoy laughing at stereotypes; in act 1 scene 2 the audience was given some comedy through the stereotypes of the foreign suitors. Self-Interest versus Love On the surface, the main difference between the Christian characters and Shylock appears to be that the Christian characters value human relationships over business ones, whereas Shylock is only interested in money.
A sixteenth-century audience would not expect Shylock to exercise mercy—therefore, it is up to the Christians to do so. Antonio has an enemy in the play, this is Shylock. He says that even Jews, if treated poorly will seek revenge- just like any other. He focuses on friendship and romance. However, when we inspect closely, this difference between the two opposite characters breaks down. A promise made by word of mouth was the same as having an agreement in writing; they had to keep their word or pay the consequences.
The other setting is Belmont, a city which houses a rich, happy society of beautiful people. In fact after Shylock speaks. These traits are essential in the plot development of the play. Shylock has become a victim of an extreme form of racism. 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 with his friend, Bassanio.
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. These concepts include an exploration of Revenge and the importance of mercy combined with justice and what makes a loyal and faithful love. History shows that Jews have long been persecuted and despised for not accepting Christianity, Islam or other religions of the majority as their own. I researched for evidence to the theory that Portia was not her own, her fortune was not her own, and she was bound financially to her husband after marriage. In the Merchant of Venice, this separation between those good and evil is existent in the Venetian community, especially for the character of Shylock.
The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. It is of most relevance to highlight the fact that Antonio was entirely aware of the penalty that would arise from the bond forfeiting. However Shakespeare also illustrates hates during the play through the characters shylock. Shakespeare also deals with the act of seeking justice as a major theme throughout The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is portrayed to only care about money and profits, while the Christians are shown as people who value human relationships more.