• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

(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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Merchant of Venice section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Merchant of Venice essays

  1. Background to the "Merchant of Venice."

    "Is justice going to be given and is mercy going to be shown?" the Elizabethans would have been supporting Antonio and waiting to see how he got on. Nowadays the audience would accept who comes out on top-Antonio or Shylock and probably wouldn't think twice about it.

  2. Friendship in The Merchant Of Venice

    Portia talks to Nerissa about what she thinks about the suitors. For example she says to Nerissa that the Neapolitan Prince is boring, talks about horses all the time, etc. In Act 1 Scene 3 we are introduced to Shylock.

  1. The play "The Merchant of Venice" is described as Romantic Comedy. One aspect of ...

    She disguises herself as a lawyer and defends Antonio's case skilfully and legally by producing statutes, which not only stops Shylock from proceeding with the case but also Shylock is defeated, he becomes vulnerable to death penalty for conspiring against Antonio's life.

  2. to what extent can the Merchant of Venice be seen as a fairytale

    why Shylock is continuously referred to as 'the devil' in the play. Throughout history Jews have been persecuted and as an audience today, we would feel great sorrow and sympathy for Shylock as we have lived after the Holocaust, but in the Elizabethan times many would have empathized with his

  1. Discuss the view that 'The Merchant of Venice' is a comedy with tragic possibilities.

    Launcelot would have been used to show that Shylock is a dull and unkind man as he leaves Shylock without a servant and becomes the servant of Bassanio who is portrayed as much kinder and interesting person. These comic characters would be used in a comedy.

  2. The Merchant of Venice is a racist play - Discuss

    I would define a "victim" as someone who is on the receiving end of abuse; this could be physical or verbal. The victim may or may not contribute to there victimisation for example someone could be victimised for their physical appearance which they have no control over and have not

  1. How does Shakespeare demonstrate that love and friendship can overcome greed in the Merchant ...

    Antonio feels inclined to loan Bassanio the money, but is not able to; 'Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea, Neither have I money nor commodity To raise a present sum, therefore go forth; Try what my credit can in Venice do, That shall be racked even to the uttermost To furnish thee to Belmont to fair Portia.

  2. What are the main themes in "The Merchant of Venice"?

    Also for the suitors to know if they have made the correct choice there will be a small portrait with a painting of Portia on it. The first suitor to make his preferred choice is The Prince of Morocco. His choice is the gold casket and inside is a skill

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work