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Cole 1 Paulette Cole Connie Porter ENG200 D007 October 23, 2016 The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice dates between 1596 to the 1600’s. In Shakespeare’s 1 st collection of works in 1623, The Merchant of Venice was classified as a comedy. It is considered by most as a comedy because of the happy ending. The themes of romance and love make it a comedy. Love overcoming the obstacles is another element that make it a comedy. There is however darkness that comes about that suggest it can be a tragedy. The Merchant of Venice should be considered as both comedy and tragedy or as some say “tragicomedy”. I think it, the merchant of Venice is more of a comedy than tragedy. Most of the plays structure is comedy with a few elements that show tragedy. According to Kanopy’s, The Great Courses there are tools that can help readers classify plays whether it is history or comedy or tragedy. One of the first tools that classifies The Merchant of Venice as a comedy is Block to Love. The Block of love means that if whatever it is that clocks love is overcome then it is comedy and if not then it is tragedy. A good example from the play, is Portia’s and Bassano’s
love. They love each other but their love is blocked because of Portia’s dead father’s will. Portia is not allowed to choose her own husband, and in her fathers will, she can only marry the man Cole 2 who solves the riddle. The riddle comes in forms of caskets, a gold one, a silver one and a lead one. Bassiano of course solves the riddle and the block to their love is overcome. This makes The

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