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

The Merchant of Venice. The audience would have more sympathy for Shylock in the movie version by the 'humanising' sources that Michael Reford has added to the film.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Shylock is a tragic character as well as a villain in Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice. Excessively greedy villain, harsh in his business, strongly shows the stereotype of Jewish people around the time the story was written. His twofold characteristics are displayed different in the original play by Shakespeare and the film version which was made by Michael Redford in 2005. The movie version is portrayed with dramatic elements and almost no comedic elements. It shows different aspects, the flow of the scene is rather serious. In the story, Shylock is portrayed tragically by Shakespeare. He is a villain but at the same time, he suffers persecution by Christians. The tragedy of Shylock is not noticeably shown to the audience In the play version of The Merchant of Venice. However, many behind facts in Venice come to light through the film version, Shylock's tragedy is articulated and the modern audience would find out the different point of view. ...read more.

Middle

Shylock merely mutters, grimaces at him and seems less like a villain than in the play. Also, later in the scene, when he sobs and walks out in bare feet looking for his daughter, shows Shylock's emotion and is not in the play version. On the other hand, the play mainly uses Shylock to build up to a climax therefore he seems merely immoral. 'Mark what Jacob did: When Laban.." - he refers to the person who he follows, his ancestor Jacob and this shows that Shylock is a dishonest character alike his ancestor and is despicable. Shylock also compares himself to him, who Christians regard as a scheming character and had to be broken by God before he changed his dishonest ways. This foreshadows that Shylock will be broken by Christians too. Asides make Shylock seem two-faced - ''[Asides]How like a fawning publican he looks!' ...read more.

Conclusion

From this scene, the audience would feel pity to Shylock for losing his only blood relative. At the end of the trial at the court, Shylock is forced to be Christian and loses his Jewish identity. In the film, we do not see that Antonio receives the good news that his ships were not stranded and have returned safely after all at the end of the film, seems the director The modern audience's view is culturally open, which is more likely to be the movie version of The Merchant of Venice and has a different view of characters as well as the story, compared to the original view of the play. Pictures of racist preaching, the ghetto and all the background facts in the past are in the film, but not in the original play. The reinterpretation of the play has focused more on the fairness and culture of Venice by revealing the background facts in the past. The perspective is different too. The film version seems more serious than the play and the tragedy is emphasised. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Drama 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 International Baccalaureate Drama essays

  1. The Hunt For Red October

    Meanwhile, with help from Dallas, Red October makes evasive maneuvers, causing one of the Konovalov's own torpedoes to circle around and destroy it. The evacuated crew of Red October on board a U.S. Navy rescue ship witness this explosion and, not knowing that there is a second Soviet sub, assume it was Red October.

  2. In this portfolio I will take you on the journey which I myself have ...

    Music When devising our piece it was decided that our piece required two pieces of music. There was one necessary at the time of the movement scene where the Iranian couple are separated. We found a piece of music by 'Radio head' entitled 'Talk show host'.

  1. Free essay

    Short Story "A Decision"

    I, on the other hand, was wearing an old sweater and pants handed down from my brother. "Why do ya keep on wanting to talk to me?" I questioned, already knowing the answer. "You know why. I care about ya and want to see how you are doing."

  2. If we were to assume that Shakespeare's depiction of Gertrude and Ophelia represents Shakespeare's ...

    Gertrude is shown to be a cold mother at the beginning of Hamlet as she criticizes her son for still mourning his father's death. This harsh criticism could have been influenced by Claudius who continues to criticize Hamlet, though there is no textual evidence to support that claim.

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