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The play "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare is a tradgi-comedy in that the "Merchant of Venice" concentrates on the happier aspects of life such as love, friendship, marriage as well as the harsher side of life such as death and fatal flaws.

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The Merchant of Venice The play "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare is a tradgi-comedy in that the "Merchant of Venice" concentrates on the happier aspects of life such as love, friendship, marriage as well as the harsher side of life such as death and fatal flaws. I found it interesting to focus on the character of shylock as his weaknesses affect all the other characters in the play. Shylock's flaws greatly affect the other characters in the play and shylock's main weakness is his greed for money and jewels. He shows this in the play when he loses his daughter. ...read more.

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The greed Shylock has for money affects his daughter when she runs away with his money, Shylock ostracises her and wishes she were dead saying in an angry tone. "I would my daughter was dead at my foot" Shylocks second weakness is his lack of mercy for his fellow man. He believes he is on the side of the law but discovers that mercy can help you instead of making things worse. Shylock discovered this in the court of Venice where he refuses to give mercy to Antonio and is punished for it. "How shall thou hope for mercy rendering none" The character greatly affected by this weakness is again Antonio. ...read more.

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(Bassanio) "Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly" (Shylock) "To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt there" This intimidation enrages the characters around Shylock especially Bassanio and Gratiano and causes them to explode with outrage. "O, thou be damn'd inexecrabable dog!" To me shylock's need for revenge is understandable as he is a Jew in a Christian city and because of this he is persecuted. He is spat upon in the street, mocked in public and disgraced because of his business. Shylock believes that he is being treated as his "tribe" have been throughout time. These actions have built up inside Shylock and because of this he seeks revenge against the Christian Antonio. "I hate him for he is a Christian" "If I catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him." ...read more.

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