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Merchant of Venice - Say how the trial scene in

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Merchant of Venice Say how the trial scene in "The Merchant of Venice" was made dramatically effective. Written between 1596 and 1598 "The Merchant of Venice" is not one of the most performed plays written by William Shakespeare and most productions often use modern times and dress. A modern day audience would be less sympathetic than the audience of that period towards the Jew, Shylock. The play is one of the sixteen comedy plays. The issues being raised in the play would have been understood by the audience who were not very well educated "The Merchant of Venice" has two main characters, Shylock, a Jew and Antonio, who is an extremely wealthy merchant, an investor who gets wealth using venture capitalism. In Venice, your word was like having an agreement in writing. The breaking of this bond would result in a serious penalty, as it would in today's society but in a different nature. Shylock is a moneylender who lends sums of money to others at a fixed rate but charges vast amounts of interest. However, Antonio also lends amounts of money, but without the interest. This is "Gratis". This is one of the main reasons why Shylock hates Antonio because Antonio is meant to be making Shylock's profits to drop. They both are 'bigots' because they also hate each other for their religion. ...read more.

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" Hath a Jew not eyes... if you prick us do we not bleed" This speech is certainly a strong point for shylock and does make the scene dramatic because his power in this speech alters the Christians position in life with them being the dominant religion this is switched for the duration in this speech with shylock the Jew having power over the Christians. With very strong language, Shylock wishes that Jessica "Were dead at my foot". Shylock is made to be a complex character with his many twists and turns. This wish for his daughter's death does bring back a lot of the sympathy for shylock created by the strong and dominant speech from shylock previously. This makes the scene appear that shylock is willing to see his only daughter dead for the sake of a few ducats. As stated above, shylocks only concern was for the money and the constant repetition of his demands for his 3,000 ducats. This gives the viewer/reader a powerful impression of shylock as a character. Due to this powerful impression it is easy to see why Shylock is 'doomed' from the start of the trial even before it has begun. Portia, (Bathazar) disguised as the judge grills Shylock in the dukes court (the name of the court in which the trial is held). ...read more.

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For Shylock, this is the worst possible thing he could be made to do, as he is proud to be a Jew. Shylock is reduced to a far cry from his confident and vengeful image even further. When shylock was made to leave fellowship and peace is brought back to the play because the Christians are now dominating much like they are used to in everyday society of the period. Justice, sadness and comedy are successfully combined in "The merchant of Venice". The play is a comedy but to a first time reader or viewer the play would not seem so, the ending of the play is an integral part to the structure of the play in terms of its comedy value with its dramatic twists and turns. Many aspects of the plot such as the discrimination and hate of Jews are still in place in today's society. "The Merchant of Venice", although I recognise that the text is open to multiple interpretations is a strong dramatic play: some interpretations can even directly contradict one another. This scene is made dramatically effective by the many twists and turns that Shakespeare delivers to the reader/viewer. Strong emotive language helps to strengthen the effectiveness of the scene, a powerful scene that is an important part in the whole play. 1 Jon Wakefield 10U ...read more.

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