First came the prince of Morocco, he choose the Gold casket which was incorrect, then came the prince of Aragon, he choose the Silver casket which too was incorrect then finally came Bassanio he choose the casket that was made from lead and that was correct. It was also said that some of their feature were to resemble that of the devil because of this an original audience would have seen the play as a comedy. There is much debate on weather William Shakespere's plays were antisemetic, if that's what you mean. Both chose the wrong casket and are unsuccessful. Venice is a city which is the centre of trade in Italy. After they leave, Portia tells Nerissa that they will go to Venice disguised as men. Still he offers Bassanio the loan.
There are typically deaths which arise at the end or near the end of the play. You may notice in Merchant of Venice how Shakespeare shows Venice as a state divided against itself - for example Christians resent the practice of usury, despite the fact that it is essential to their booming economy. Well, Bassanio admits that Antonio is his number one priority when he rushes from Portia's house to Antonio's trial. Bassanio offers Shylock twice the money due him, but Shylock insists on collecting the bond as it is written. Shylock holds a grudge against Antonio for his lending practices and apparent antisemitism.
Shakespeare uses these two settings to emphasise the themes of love and hate. There does seem to be some real affection between the two when they're hanging out in Belmont. If he chooses the incorrect casket, he must leave and never seek another woman in marriage. Shylock and Antonio and their bond of a pound of flesh. It is a place of romance and festivity to which the victorious Christians retire at the end of the play. However, he puts the picture of Portia in the least expected casket; this would be the lead casket.
Also the end scene shows that mostly everyone lives happily ever after and all is well. This is where the serious side of the play takes place. This makes the bond a murderous one especially between Shylock and Antonio. Antonio expects to be able to pay, so he agrees, but he is wrong and is taken to court by Shylock, who expects to get the pound of flesh he bargained for, and kill his enemy Antonio in the process. Also, the characters in Venice are different but also similar to the ones in Belmont. In the court scenes, Portia finds a technicality in the bond, thereby outwitting and saving Antonio's life when everyone else including Antonio fails.
One of the biggest differences between these two locations is crash of money and love. Collectively, they help us to understand in detai. History suggests that the Merchant of Venice was set in Venice probably because Venice was a very popular city at the time the play was made. These are two of Shakespearean antagonists of all time. Shylock ecstatically praises her wisdom, but as he is on the verge of collecting his due, Portia reminds him that he must do so without causing Antonio to bleed, as the contract does not entitle him to any blood. A contemporary audience would have watched the play in a more serious state of mind this I because we live in a time were.
Instead of charging interest, seemingly as a kind of joke, he asks for a pound of Antonio's flesh if the loan isn't repaid within three months. He is often generous to his friends, especially Bassanio when he helps him out with a loan of ducats. Also there is the romantic love explored by Shakespeare. The play contains a great variety of characters. Shylock agrees and takes his leave.
When they come head to head, it gets very tense as Shylock still seeks revenge. Royal Shakespeare Company, 2008 For threatening the life of a Venetian, Shylock forfeits his goods to Antonio and Bassanio. Venice is the centre of International trade making it a wealthy city. Venice may also have been used as it has an element of mystery about it - bear in mind that few had been to exotic places such as Venice at the time, so it would've added an additional layer of mystery to the play. A modern reader will be engaged by Shakespeare's portrait of the Jewish merchant, Shylock, and the overtones of anti-semitism in the play whether these attitudes were Shakespeare's or those of some of the characters in the play. He, too, studies the caskets carefully, but he picks the silver one, which is also incorrect. Later in the play, she disguises herself as a man, then assumes the role of a lawyer's apprentice named Balthazar whereby she saves the life of Bassanio's friend, , in court.
Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders. As his colleagues offer comfort, his young friends—Bassanio, Graziano, and Lorenzo—arrive. It follows… 939 Words 4 Pages looks into the lives of Shylock and Antonio. Introduction William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed. The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly… 1394 Words 6 Pages The Merchant of Venice The play, ¡°The Merchant of Venice¡± by William Shakespeare has two main settings. Jessica becomes one of the gang the moment she changes her religion. But that does not really matter as the play or rather this particular plotline is about how prejudice can bring out the desire for revenge in its victims.
Antonio's death is only prevented as Balthazar explains the bond is for flesh but not for a single drop of blood. Society in Venice is a predominantly male world, where the single female, Jessica, is locked up in her house, and can only escape in disguise as a male. The second plot arises because Bassanio is too poor to go courting Portia. In return Bassanio would do the same and would even give up his wife for Antonio. Portia asks Shylock to show mercy, but he remains inflexible and insists the pound of flesh is rightfully his.
He first begins with the mention of how he owes Antonio money, stating that if Antonio lends him money in order for him to go to see Portia, his is sure that he will be able to win her and pay off all debts to him, as she is. When Antonio could not repay the money as agreed, Shylock insisted on taking his pound of flesh. Hidden allusions in Shakespeare's plays: a study of the early court revels and personalities of the times. His choice is the gold casket and inside is a skill and a scroll with writing on it, results in him choosing the wrong casket and must never return to Portia and cannot tell anyone the casket in which he had chosen. Later in the play, she disguises herself as a man, then assumes the role of a lawyer's apprentice named Balthazar whereby she saves the life of Bassanio's friend, , in court. Also, Belmont is full of peace and harmony compared to the tense business world of Venice. She favours Bassanio, a young Venetian noble, but is not allowed to give him any clues to assist in his choice.