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Act 4, Scene 1 - Merchant of Venice Review

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Evaluation of the Dramatic Impact in Act 4, Scene 3... Shakespeare has purposely filled this scene with dramatic impact and has fantastically released in using the characters present in this scene. It is quite difficult to tell who uses more of a dramatic impact in this scene, you will notice that Shylock builds up all the tension as well as Portia however Portia and her loyal serving girl Nerissa, use a great amount of dramatic irony. Even though the audience knows that both these characters are actually Balthazaar and his apprentice, Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock don't. This creates a brilliant effect and also helps to build up tension. Portia may be worried that somebody may see through her disguise and she could suffer a terrible punishment. Shylock is a fantastic character to build up the impact for many reasons. He is hated. The only character to not have any friends and what seems like he will not have any, I suppose his only friend is Tubal, but there is no evidence to show that he (Tubal) ...read more.


A typical Shakespearian play would involve a young romantic relationship with many family complications, maybe separation and unification between family or lovers, characters impersonating or mistaking identity, a clever servant - for example, in The Merchant of Venice, Nerissa, heightened tension, multiple plotlines and an occasional use of puns. I am not saying that these are not all portrayed in a Modern play, but they are used a lot less. Portia is trying to convince Bassanio to give her a reward to keep as payment for saving his dear friend Antonio, his gloves and the ring that Portia has given him to prove that he is loyal and devoted to staying married towards Portia. Bassanio refuses to give his ring to Portia in disguise, and she takes his gloves and leaves. Nerissa also gave Gratiano a ring to prove his love for her too; Nerissa manages to get hold of the ring. Antonio tells Bassanio that he is most thankful to the doctor and that he should give her the ring, eventually he does and because he does it manages to generate some friction at the ...read more.


She then stops him quickly and explains to the court that the bond doesn't state that dropping any blood from the pound of flesh delivery is explained, she tells him that he absolutely cannot let any droplet of blood fall when cutting his flesh. Portia can easily be considered a heroine in this story, contrary to popular belief, a heroine can only be considered a heroine if she has slain something evil or saved some bodies life, such as Superman. In this case, Portia is not a heroine, but the fake doctor Balthazaar is, and that is all they shall ever know. When returning the rings, Nerissa and Portia argue with their husbands and they make the two swear once more that they will not remove that ring from their finger. " You swore to me when I did give it you. That you would wear it till your hour of death, and that it should lie with you in your grave. Though not for me, yet for your vehement oaths you should have been respective and have kept it. Gave it a judge's clerk! No, God's my judge the clerk will ne'er wear hair on's face that had it " ...read more.

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