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Unformatted text preview: Clare Sullivan Professor David The Merchant of Venice October 3, 2007 Humans live for happiness. Everything we do every day is in an attempt to become happy or experience joy. Even the things we do not like, such as a job or school, are means to become happy by earning money or getting an education in hopes of one day being in a career that brings us joy and money, which we tend to think brings us happiness. Happiness is the common factor that all people can agree is the most important thing in life. Why live if you are not happy? In The Merchant of Venice , Antonio and Portia are in a never ending quest to attain true happiness. The first time we meet them, they are both lamenting about why they are sad. They cannot describe what has caused them this pain, where it has originated, and how little they know on how to overcome it. Their friends and companions give a variety of reasons for their unhappiness in order to bring some closure to their anguish, but nothing can close the gap in their...
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- Spring '08
- The Merchant of Venice, Portia