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The "Merchant Of Venice" is a poem I have studied recently and will be going on to describe it's four themes - Love/Hate/Friendship and Money. I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem.

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Merchant Of Venice The "Merchant Of Venice" is a poem I have studied recently and will be going on to describe it's four themes - Love/Hate/Friendship and Money. I will go on to describe contrasting characters in the poem. The theme Love is mostly shown through Portia & Bassanio, because all she wanted was to have a choice in the man she married and the reason she could not do this was because her fathers will had forbidde. When Portia & Bassanio meet they really feel they want to be with each other but she does not want Bassanio to chose casket straight away because if he picks the wrong casket he must not see Portia again. ...read more.

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As Shylock is Jewish he doesn't feel like he should be 1 of the crowd, he feels above the crowd. He lends money and makes money on the interest. Antonio lends money to people with out using interest so that Shylock will lose money. Antonio feels that Jewish are low and shouldn't be allowed were Christians go, Antonio will spit & kick Shylock as he passes as if it were a petty playground fight. In the end after Shylocks hard as nails look he turns out to have feelings like any other person.Although Antonio may seem mysterious, isolated and weary-dissilusional he cares a lot for his friendship with Bassanio and is willing to bite his tongue and ask the man he hates most for money all because of friendship. ...read more.

Conclusion

The way he accomplished mixing very different characters with four very different themes was actually quite astonishing. I think the four main characters in the play are Antonio & Shylock; Bassanio & Portia are used most used to bring out the themes more broadly to increase the impact of themes like the hatred between Antonio & Shylock or love through Portia & Bassanio. Although these are the main characters used for this you get the feeling of it between other characters with out knowing it. I found the poem really exciting and I was on the edge of my seat all the way through it and feel that the poem was a positive point to my English year and I would like to read more Sir William Shakespeare. ...read more.

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