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The Merchant of Venice This coursework is about the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice. The plot of the story is that the merchant of Venice (Antonio) borrows money from a Jewish moneylender (Shylock) and Antonio has to pay the money back to shylock within three months otherwise Shylock can take a pound of flesh from Antonio's body. There is a daughter (Portia) with a rich father and when the father died he left all the money to the person that marries his daughter, but you can't marry his daughter just like that, you have to choose a chest out of the choice of three but you have to choose the right one. I am doing my coursework on Bassanio; He is a Best friend of Antonio and he goes to Belmont on the search for love and wealth and tries to choose the correct chest and marry Portia e.g. Portia says ' You must take your chance and attempt to choose at all, or swear before you choose, if you choose wrong, never to ...read more.


Portia says ' Therefore prepare thee cut off the flesh. Shed no blood, nor cut thou less, nor more, but just a pound of flesh.' When this is said Portia has come across a solution to stop Antonio from dying because you can't cut flesh without dripping blood. So shylock tries to take a pound of flesh but realises that he will not be able to do this so he decides to take the money afteral. Portia tells them that he has to take the pound of flesh because that is the bond, but shylock decides that he can't do it and has to leave and lose his money and not have his bond. Then Portia says that he must not leave because he has tried to kill someone so he has to give Antonio a third of his money for trying to kill him. After Shylock has left, Antonio and Bassanio praises Portia for saving Antonio and asks if there is anything that they can do. ...read more.


or scene he says 'You shall not seal such a bond for me: I'll rather dwell on my necessity' I think this is a really interesting play and an audience that like Shakespeare would like this play very much, but they may have many views to different characters such as Bassanio. I think that the producer would have made Bassanio act as if the audience thought he was a hero but the audience would know that he's really not. Where this play was written along time ago it probably does not have the impact to the audience now compared to how it did back then for example: the audience back then would know exactly how it is so they would like it better but in modern times the audience would first have to understand how life was back then before they could enjoy it like the people in the olden days. I enjoyed reading this play very much even though I hadn't heard of it before I started reading it. Sam Hall 20th November 2003 11Q4 ...read more.

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