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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

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Mike Wissa

on 25 March 2011

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Transcript of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice by Mike Wissa, Drew Torgeson, Christian Roy happily ever after Summary Bassanio needs money to marry Portia in Venice, Italy... Bassanio borrows money from his friend, Antonio, who borrows it from a Jew, Shylock. Shylock tells Antonio that if he doesn't pay the full loan back in 3 months, he gets to take a pound of flesh from him. Bassanio goes to Portia to see if he can marry her. Bassanio marries Portia. But..... Antonio can't pay Shylock back, because his ships wrecked and he lost his money. Antonio and Shylock are sent before the Duke to be judged. Bassanio comes to help, and Portia follows, disguised as a lawyer. in the court room... Antonio pleads for mercy
Bassanio offers double the money
Shylock doesn't take the offer, he wants take the pound of flesh out of Antonio's chest, which would kill him.
Portia comes in as a Lawyer. No one recognizes her.
She cites law that says Shylock can take the flesh, but he can't draw any blood.
He can't figure out how to do it, so he gives up.
Shylock is arrested because he made an attempt on Antonio's life.
Portia takes half of his money and gives to the city of Venice, and half to Antonio.
Antonio gives half of his half back to Shylock because of mercy.
Shylock converts from Judaism to Christianity. and they all lived....... major themes love justice mercy One of the themes in The Merchant of Venice is love, because of Bassanio and Portia. Portia loves him, but her father wants her to marry a rich prince from somewhere that is lucky enough to pick her picture out of the correct casket. Bassanio loves Portia, but is not rich enough to be one of the men who takes the chance with the caskets. When Bassanio gets the loan from Antonio, he is able to do this. The other rich princes who come to the caskets pick the wrong ones, because of greed. When Bassanio chooses the casket he picks the right one, and him and Portia are very happy. Mercy is one of the themes in this play because of the way that Shylock doesn't have mercy on Antonio. Antonio isn't able to pay back his loan, and Bassanio even offers him double the money back, but Shylock sticks to the contract because Antonio is a Christian. At the end of the play, Shylock is finally stopped and Antonio uses mercy in the way that he gives him some of his money back. When Antonio can't pay back his loan, Shylock demands justice instead of mercy and demands that the contract be carried out. The contract said that if Antonio can't pay back his loan in three months, Shylock can take a pound of flesh. Three months comes and Antonio doesn't have the money. And even though he is offered double the amount, Shylock still demands that he recieves justice by doing his side of the contract. In the end, when Portia tells him of the law that he cannot spill any blood, Shylock isn't able to carry out his side of the bond without breaking the law, so justice comes back to him and Shylock now is the one who wants mercy. gold silver lead Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire Who chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath lines from the play "I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands,
organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same
food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases,
heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter
and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If
you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?
And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the
rest, we will resemble you in that." Two Christians are mocking Shylock and asking him if he truly plans to take a pound of flesh if Antonio doesn't keep his side of the bargain. Shylock basically says "of course" and says this quote. He means that Jews are people just like Christians, and are not any less human than them. He explains that if Jews are like Christians in all these ways, then they can have revenge too. Characters Bassanio Portia Antonio Shylock "The quality of mercy is not strained,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's,
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy." This is one of the more famous speeches from the play, said by Portia. It explains the importance and power of mercy. She says this to Shylock, trying to convince him enough that he will have mercy on Antonio. - a normal guy from Venice - a merchant - a very wealthy lady from Venice - a Jew the end
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