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Cultural References and Allusions to Merchant of Venice

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Pranav Jayaraman

on 9 November 2012

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Cultural References and Allusions to Merchant of Venice Background Information Roman and Greek Mythology Cultural theme Allusion - an implied or indirect reference
Cultural Reference - something or someone that refers to a specific time period or culture. Act I, Scene I - Bassanio tells Antonio about Portia. He compares her hair to the Golden Fleece that Jason sought, and adds, "...Many Jasons come in quest of her."
Act V (lines 1-18) - Began with Lorenzo and Jessica holding a conversation comprised of various romantic stories, overflowing with references to particular mythological figures. "... In such a night," Lorenzo begins, "Trolius, methinks, mounted the Trojan walls, And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents, Where Cressida lay that night." As the prince of Troy, Trolius fell in love with Cressida, a Greek prisoner of war who pledged her love to him.
Jessica continues the conversation by mentioning Thisbe, a young lover who's parents disapproved of her marriage to Pyramus-Much like Shylock disapproved of Jessica's marriage to Lorenzo. The main cultural topic involved with MOV deals with anti-Semitic behavior. The idea has been used countless times in many types of productions, in fact, even the movie Aladdin portrays anti-Semitic behavior due to the offensive representation of Jafar. By: Pranav Jayaraman Shylock: Jews vs. Christians Shylock's portrayal is a representation of the evil Jew. The Merchant of Venice greatly enticed this perspective of Jews and culturally influenced the degrading role Jews across the world. Shakespeare's literary works were highly renowned, and therefore the obvious anti-Semitic idea became widely accepted. This also led to popular culture now to have stereotypical and offensive jokes towards Jews based on the history of their treatment and way of life.
The conflict during the time regarding the final establishment of the Anglican Church was the overriding political issue at the period of MOV, and was a major contribution to the plot line and the characteristics of each role. Allusions to the Merchant of Venice "All that glitters is not gold" Referral to the 3 caskets
Means that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so "A pound of flesh" Work Cited "AllusionAbout Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2012. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allusion>.
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"The Merchant of Venice: Mythological References." Yahoo! Contributor Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2012. <http://voices.yahoo.com/the-merchant-venice-mythological-references-156943.html>.
"Protestant Reformation in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice." Protestant Reformation in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2012. <http://phoenixandturtle.net/excerptmill/stetner5.html>. A phrase commonly used to ensure the equal and fair payback of a loan or other gesture or else... "If you wrong us, shall we not revenge" The conceptual and philosophical proposal of equality that mitigates wrong-doings by acting upon vengeance.
Commonly applied mental state for practical daily life and professional business although, it can be perceived as morally wrong rather than violence for justice.
Basically the ethical point that allows Shylock to ask for his flesh The costume portrayal of Jews having to wear red hats, is similar to the symbolization Jews wore during the time of Nazis did. It was a dignifying symbol to prevent inter-religious marriage between Christians and Jews.
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