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The merchant of Venice

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Published by Blackie in London .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementedited by H.L. Withers
SeriesWarwick Shakespeare
ContributionsWithers, H. L. (Harry Livingston), 1864-1902
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPR2825 A2 W5
The Physical Object
Pagination142p.
Number of Pages142
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24605709M
OCLC/WorldCa38530575

Antonio is proud of the fact that he kicks and spits upon Shylock, while Portia is overjoyed when the black Prince of Morocco fails to choose the correct casket, saying, "Let all of his complexion choose me so" 2. The Christian ideals are not only undermined by this racism, this inherent distaste for anyone different from themselves, but also by their hypocrisy with respect to slavery. However, the main dilemma of the play is actually his fault. He had a hand in every aspect of it, from designing the building to choosing props. It is currently believed to have been written between and The group celebrates its good fortune.

This ambiguity and misinterpretation has not surprisingly led scholars to continue hotly debating whether Shakespeare meant to The merchant of Venice book anti-Semitic or critical of anti-Semitism. Gratiano worries that they are not prepared enough, but Lorenzo assures him that they have plenty of time. Solanio wonders if Antonio may be in love, but Antonio dismisses the idea. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? The first suitor, the Prince of Morocco, chooses the gold casket, interpreting its slogan, "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire", as referring to Portia. One interpretation of the play's structure is that Shakespeare meant to contrast the mercy of the main Christian characters with the Old Testament vengefulness of a Jew, who lacks the religious grace to comprehend mercy.

Salarino wonders what Shylock intends to do with a pound of flesh The merchant of Venice book Shylock replies that it will feed his revenge. Just as Shylock is about to cut into Antonio, Portia reminds him that he must take the flesh without producing any blood, as the bond does not allow him any. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. The celebration, however, is cut short by the news that Antonio has indeed lost his ships, and that he has forfeited his bond to Shylock. Shylock, broken and defeated, agrees to all these conditions and leaves the court. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example?


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The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Download PDF Ebook

Lorenzo jokes about being as good of a spouse as Portia while leading her to dinner. InCharles Macklin returned to the original text in The merchant of Venice book very successful production at Drury Lanepaving the way for Edmund Kean seventy years later see below.

O, my ducats! Bassanio offers Shylock twice the money due him, but Shylock insists on collecting the bond as it is written. There is not any other moral standard for the characters.

Thus, if Shylock were to shed any drop of Antonio's blood, his "lands and goods" would be forfeited under Venetian laws.

But this foregrounding of Shylock as the principal character of the play appears to have been there from the start. Relenting, Bassanio asks Gratiano to chase down the clerk and give over a ring.

Shylock obviously cannot do this and the day is saved. One chest is made of gold, one of silver and one of lead. I enjoyed that. In his plays and poetry Shakespeare often depicted strong male bonds of varying homosocialitywhich has led some critics to infer that Bassanio returns Antonio's affections despite his obligation to marry: [19] ANTONIO: Commend me to your honourable wife: Tell her the process of Antonio's end, Say how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death; And, when the tale is told, bid her be judge Whether Bassanio had not once a love.

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He finally agrees to lend the sum to Bassanio without interest upon one condition: if The merchant of Venice book is unable to repay it at the specified date, Shylock may take a pound of Antonio's flesh.

Gratiano informs her that Bassanio gave up his ring to the lawyer as well. In her survey, "In Defense of Jessica: The Runaway Daughter in The Merchant of Venice", Camille Slights calls out Arthur Quiller-Couch 's opinion in the The Cambridge Dover Wilson Shakespeare as an extreme but representative example: In the interim between the signing of the bond and its falling due this daughter, this Jessica, has wickedly and most unfilially betrayed him.

As the court grants Shylock his The merchant of Venice book and Antonio prepares for Shylock's knife, Portia deftly appropriates Shylock's argument for "specific performance".

This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. We generally do the meal in two or three courses, served serially and we visit. Antonio says that hatred comes naturally to Shylock. A date of —97 is considered consistent with the play's style. She took a substantial amount of Shylock's wealth with her, as well as a turquoise ring which Shylock had been given by his late wife, Leah.

Shylock has Antonio brought before court. Jessica argues that she has been saved by her husband who has converted her to Christianity, to which Gobbo replies that Bassanio of contributing to the raised price of pork by the conversion of Jews who may not eat pork to Christians who do.

Both he and Portia are overjoyed, and they make plans to be married at once, along with Nerissa and Gratiano, who have also fallen in love. Portia and Nerissa finally end the charade and show the rings, telling their husbands to be more careful with them.

If you tickle us, do we not laugh? Portia gives Bassanio a ring as a token of love, and makes him swear that under no circumstances will he part with it. Being blind, the man does not recognize his son and asks how to find Launcelot.

The Merchant of Venice

Perhaps the moment of strongest contrast between Shylock and the Christians' ideals concerns the contract of a pound of flesh. Six months later they became parents of their first daughter, Susanna. Here will we sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony.

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Gratiano tells her that he gave it to The merchant of Venice book lawyer as a fee. Bassanio is suspicious of the deal but the agreement is signed, and the money is given.

Auden describes Antonio as "a man whose emotional life, though his conduct may be chaste, is concentrated upon a member of his own sex.Synopsis Antonio, the merchant in The Merchant of Venice, secures a loan from Shylock for his friend Bassanio, who seeks to court Portia.

Jan The merchant of Venice book,  · "The Merchant of Venice" is the story of Antonio, the drama's title character, and his friend Bassanio. Bassanio is in need of money so that he may woo Portia, a wealthy heiress.

Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan and Antonio agrees to this loan, however all /5(20). Aug 25,  · Books Advanced Search Amazon Charts Best Sellers & more Top New Releases Deals in Books School Books Textbooks Books Outlet Children's Books Calendars & Diaries The Merchant of Venice [with Biographical Introduction] and over 8 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle/5(16).The Merchant of Venice is the story of a Jewish moneylender who demands that an antisemitic Pdf offer “a pound of flesh” as collateral against a loan.

First performed inShakespeare’s study of religious difference remains controversial. Read a character analysis of Shylock, plot summary and important quotes.“The Merchant of Venice” is a play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare.

It is currently believed to have been written between and The earliest recorded performance of the play took place at the court of King James in By: William Shakespeare () William Shakespeare's The Ebook of Venice was probably written between andand was printed with the comedies in the First Folio of Bassanio, an impoverished gentleman, uses the credit of his friend, the merchant Antonio, to borrow money from a wealthy Jew, Shylock.4/5(1).