GCSE: The Merchant of Venice

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567 GCSE The Merchant of Venice essays

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  1. Marked by a teacher

    From the study of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is shylock presented as a villain or victim? To what extent will this view have changed from that of the original audience?

    5 star(s)

    A detailed description of the experiment with good use of specific and precise biological terminology throughout.…

    • Essay length: 1857 words
    • Submitted: 11/07/2002
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Adam Roberts 10/05/2013
  2. Peer reviewed

    Shylock - villian or victim?

    4 star(s)

    Unfortunately the candidates introductory paragraph is a little weak, the essay reads as if there were no introduction and the candidate has gone straight into the main body of the…

    • Essay length: 1539 words
    • Submitted: 15/02/2005
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 22/04/2012
  3. Peer reviewed

    Shylock- Villain or Victim?

    4 star(s)

    Though the candidates starts this essay well, their introduction is missing; an outline of what the candidate plans to discuss, a statement of any questions that the candidate intends to…

    • Essay length: 1063 words
    • Submitted: 01/11/2004
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 22/04/2012
  4. Peer reviewed

    To what extent do you think Shylock deserves the treatment given to him in the trial scene?

    3 star(s)

    The candidate does not begin this essay with a clear introduction, this lowers the tone of the essay before you’ve even read the first couple of paragraphs. You should use…

    • Essay length: 1683 words
    • Submitted: 05/02/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 16/04/2012
  5. Peer reviewed

    Write about the role and character of Portia in the play.

    3 star(s)

    I would suggest that in this case the introductory paragraph is used solely to introduce Portia as a character. It is not necessary to go into specific details from the…

    • Essay length: 1103 words
    • Submitted: 21/11/2011
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 25/03/2012
  6. Peer reviewed

    Did Shylock get the result he was hoping for when he took his case to court

    3 star(s)

    The candidate’s response to the question is reasonably extensive. They discuss the court scene in detail as well as mentioning Shylock’s desire to withhold the bond and his unhappiness when…

    • Essay length: 688 words
    • Submitted: 20/11/2011
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 25/03/2012
  7. Peer reviewed

    Is Shylock a villain or victim?

    3 star(s)

    The candidates brief introductory paragraph is well written and engaging, however it is missing some key points that make up a strong introduction. It is essential to state any questions…

    • Essay length: 883 words
    • Submitted: 28/09/2011
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 24/04/2012
  8. Peer reviewed

    How does Shakespeare present the character of Shylock in the play? Is it possible to sympathise with him?

    3 star(s)

    The candidate uses the introduction to discuss the scene in which Antonio talks to Shylock about loaning some money. The introductory paragraph of an essay should be used to introduce…

    • Essay length: 1292 words
    • Submitted: 09/03/2010
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 25/03/2012
  9. Peer reviewed

    Is Shylock a villain or victim?

    3 star(s)

    The candidates introduction is actually quite good, it introduces the play and the character Shylock and is interesting to read. However I feel it would have been more appropriate to…

    • Essay length: 1101 words
    • Submitted: 03/12/2007
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 17/04/2012
  10. Peer reviewed

    Shylock - Victim or Villain?

    3 star(s)

    The candidates introduction contains some interesting factual information clearly gained from independent research, this is interesting to read and shows the candidates interest in the play. However the candidates introductory…

    • Essay length: 1571 words
    • Submitted: 11/07/2002
    • Reviewed by: (?) PicturePerfect 24/04/2012

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • To what extent would an audience have sympathy for Shylock?

    "In my essay, I have summarised the key points regarding why or why not an audience would feel sympathetic towards Shylock. Many different people would have different opinions on whether they would agree or disagree with Shylocks views. In my opinion, I think that what Shylock was doing was wrong but his reasons for wanting to get revenge were, to a certain degree, justified. He was merely giving Antonio a taste of what it felt to be the subject of hatred and misery. However, the way that he channelled all this hatred for the Christians onto one man was wrong and he shouldn't have done it. There were other ways he could've sought justice, but not in the way he planned to. In conclusion, I feel that I have concluded the main areas of the play that were crucial to this essay and drawn up a good conclusion about whether and audience may or may not feel sympathetic for Shylock and why they would feel like this."

  • Compare and Contrast the two worlds of Venice and Belmont depicted in Shakespear's 'The Merchant of Venice'.

    "In conclusion, Venice and Belmont are two very different worlds with different societies and people. Overall, if you compare the characters of Belmont with the characters of Venice you will find that they are not very similar probably because they were brought up in different societies. Furthermore, the two central characters Antonio are both left unsatisfied. This is because in the end Antonio didn't find anyone to love and marry and Shylock didn't get his revenge on Antonio. The main reason why Antonio can't find love is probably because he is too busy in his trading and business. On the other hand Shylock can't be part of Venetian society because he is a Jew so they are both similar from this perspective."

  • To what extent does 'The Merchant of Venice' reflect the anti-Semite feelings of the period in which it was written?

    "Personally, I believe that Shakespeare wanted to show the harsh reality of anti-Semitism to his audience, and he thought that through the eyes of a Jew was the best way to do it. The play shows definite anti-Semitism in its characters, but in my opinion, 'The Merchant of Venice' is not anti-Semitic."

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