merchant of venice

merchant of venice - throughout the play Without the use of...

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Gregory Taylor English 1213 William Ferleman Merchant of Venice The article “Textual encodings in The Merchant of Venice ” by Geraldo Sousa explained the origins of the play’s blatant put-down of Jews and aliens. He argued that it comes from such sources as the Bible, the story of the Golden Fleece , and the Tempest . Such disregard for Jews and aliens was evident in Shylock’s battle with Antonio and also shown in Morocco’s quest for Portia’s hand in marriage. As Sousa explained, both Shylock and Morocco are rejected by those of European origin and tradition. Because of this they were both considered outsiders no matter what. Throughout the play, as described by Sousa, there are multiple occurrences in which Shylock and Morocco are rejected by European society purely based on their differences from those of European origin. Because of this, it can be considered a main topic of the play as it is displayed regularly
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Unformatted text preview: throughout the play. Without the use of prejudice the play would end up completely different were it not present. For example, Morocco may have had a better chance with Portia and Shylock may have had a pound of Antonio’s flesh. With that in mind, Shakespeare has brought to the forefront the topic of prejudice as a means to propel the plot. Such prejudice, Sousa argued, had its origins in such stories as the Golden Fleece , the Tempest , and the Bible. The Bible, out of the three texts, seemed to be the biggest influence in the play as many of its characters and ideals were used. Did Shakespeare believe in those prejudices? Did he mean to portray prejudice throughout the play? What did Jews and aliens first think of the play when it was produced in England?...
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