Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice - others. Today, this is an important...

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Gregory Taylor English 1213 Act I of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice most importantly describes a trade agreement between Antonio and Shylock. In addition to this we are introduced to Portia and her problem of finding a suitor. From her conversation with her servant it seems that it is likely that Portia may be interested in Bassanio. From Act I it can be derived that Shakespeare is preaching the importance of freewill (Portia resisting her father's wishes) and the negative implications of antisemitism (Shylock's feud with Antonio). The topics described in Act I still hold some truth even today as much as they back when the play was written. Personal freewill (as demonstrated by Portia wanting to choose her own suitor) is a very important subject. It is a demonstration of one's ability to make their own decisions without the aid of
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Unformatted text preview: others. Today, this is an important topic because many parents do want their children to succeed on their own and not be dependent. In addition to this are the negative implications of antisemitism (brought on through Antonio towards Shylock). As Antonio berrated Shylock with antisemitism, Shylock retorted with a deal in which Antonio had to give up a pound of flesh were the trade between them not fulfilled. From this we can derive that Shakespeare preached the negative effects of antisemitism; just as today it is also very much looked down upon. Are the topics described in Act I somehow related to something that Shakespeare encountered during his lifetime? Will Antonio willingly give up a pound of his flesh if he does not fulfill his end of the bargain? Does Portia have a grudge against her father?...
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ENGL 1213 taught by Professor Allen during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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