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Merchant of Venice
Transcript of Merchant of Venice
Act 1 Scene One Scene Two Scene Three THEMES AND CONFLICT THEMES CONFLICT &
LITERARY DEVICES CHARACTERIZATION AND LITERARY DEVICES MODERN DAY CONNECTIONS 'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio,
How much I have disabled mine estate,
…. To you, Antonio,
I owe the most, in money and in love,
And from your love I have a warranty
To unburden all my plots and purposes
How to get clear of all the debts I owe"(I.i.124-125...133-136). “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.
It wearies me; you say it wearies you;
But how I caught it, found it, or came by it,
What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born,
I am to learn;
And such a want-wit sadness makes of me
That I have much ado to know myself” (I.i.1-7). Your mind is tossing on the ocean,
There, where your argosies with portly sail,
Like signors and rich burghers on the flood—
Or, as it were, the pageants of the sea—
Do overpeer the petty traffickers
That curtsy to them, do them reverence
As they fly by them with their woven wings (I.i.8-14). Antonio and Bassanio both recognize the necessity of money, but neither of them consider money to be of any value in itself. Solario and Solarino are rich in their peace of mind. Several parallels can be seen between the relationship between Antonio and Bassanio and The European Union. The European Union is a collaboration of several countries in Europe which all share the same currency (the euro) When one country member is struggling economically, it is the duty of other European Union members to assist them even if it may weaken them financially. This unconditional reliance for financial aid is exhibited by Bassanio toward Antonio. CHARACTERS RELEVANCE Shylock Antonio "I am as likely to call thee so again,
To spet on thee, to spurn thee too."
(I, iii: 126 –127) Antonio Solanio and Solarino Bassanio “A goodly apple rotten at the heart.”
(I, iii: 97) “I would be friends with you and have your love,
Forget the shames you have stained me with...”
(I, iii: 134 – 135) THEME &
CHARACTERIZATION SYMBOLS RELEVANCE TO SOCIETY "He doth nothing but frown, as who should say ... He hears merry tales and smiles not. I fear he will prove the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. I had rather be married to a death’s-head with a bone in his mouth than to either of these. " (I, ii: 42 - 47) "Therefore the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silver, and lead, whereof who chooses his meaning chooses you, will no doubt never be chosen by any rightly but one who shall rightly love." (I, ii: 26 - 30) " If he should offer to choose, and choose the right casket, you should refuse to perform your father's will, if you should refuse to accept him." (I, ii: 81 - 83) "Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire" (II, vii: 6) "Who chooseth
me shall get as much as he deserves" (II, vii: 8) "Who chooseth me must give and hazard all he hath." (II, vii: 10) "I remember him well, and I remember him worthy of thy praise." (I, ii: 106 - 107) vs. PREJUDICE DECEIT RELIGION Following the tragic events of September 11th 2001, Muslims have been scrutinized and have been prejudiced against by the media and the majority of the global community. This pattern of unjustified prejudice is mirrored in the way Jewish people like Shylock are treated in the Merchant of Venice. Family restrictions can been seen in today's society between parents and their kids similar to The Merchant of Venice. These restrictions can be seen as a negative in the play by holding Portia back, yet these restrictions are set to ensure children success and safety. This can be seen in the play by Portia's father creating the casket plot, Portia is able to marry someone worthy over her love. "I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you." Shylock
(I, iii: 33 - 37) "The Devil can cite Scripture for his purpose"
(I, iii: 94) "I hate him for he is a Christian
...I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him."
(I, iii: 36, 41) "This was a venture, sir, that Jacob served for - A thing not in his power to bring to pass But swayed and fashioned by the hand of heaven."
(I, iii: 87 - 89) In this scene, the love story between Bassanio and Portia is introduced and the love between Bassanio and Antonio is clearly exhibited. In the play, Bassanio tries to impress Portia with the false persona of a wealthy man. The nervousness and persistence to impress a significant other is seen in nearly all relationships, however, this behaviour is seen most often in the teenage pursuance of love. “Be assured
my purse, my person, my extremest means,
lie unlocked to your occasions”( I.i.144-146). “And she is fair and- fairer than that word-
of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes
I did receive fair speechless messages.
Her name is Portia, nothing undervalued to Cato’s daughter, Brutus’ Portia” (I.i.162-166). “The Hebrew will turn Christian. He grows kind.”
(I, iii: 175) Thank you!