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  • Pound Of Flesh Plot Of The Play
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    Portia: The Best Female Shakespearean Part? Portia is one of Shakespeare's best parts for an actress as, apart from being one of the central characters within the main plot of the play; she displays great wit and intelligence. These are assets which none of Shakespeare's other female roles ever had as women who lived around the same time as Shakespeare, were not considered to have such honourable traits. Portia has many lengthy speeches, and in almost all of theses she displays her great intelli...
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  • Merchant A Midsummer Nights
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    A Product of Society? It is hard to determine whether or not Shakespearean comedy is clearly a product of Elizabethan courtly society. It can be said that the answer to that question is both yes and no. It is apparent in The Merchant of Venice that Shakespeare's writing was strongly influenced by the society surrounding him while A Midsummer Nights Dream is much less realistic and so original that one might think he came from another time period all together. In The Merchant of Venice there are ...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Fairy Tale
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    ter> Show how the plot of The Merchant of Venice is apparently fanciful but in reality exactingly structured. The Merchant of Venice is a fairy tale. There is no more reality in Shylock's bond and the Lord of Belmont's will than in Jack and the Beanstalk. H. Granville-Barker, in Prefaces to Shakespeare. This is one way of looking at the play, reading it or enjoying the performance. But it can be a contradiction to our actual feelings about this complex play. The Merchant of Venice migh...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Love And Friendship
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    We can trace the origin of Comedy to Dionysius- the Greek God of Wine who was hilarious, satirical and irreverent in spirit. Ben Jonson in Volpone (1605) that is considered to be the greatest comedy in English epitomized the classical spirit of comedy. Shakespeare was aware of the classical tradition by the chose to follow the Roman tradition of Petrarch and Boccacio. Shakespeare's early comedies were classical in spirit but the later ones were more emotional, fanciful and humorous. The Merchant...
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  • The Role Of Portia In Merchant Venice
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    Portia is one of the main character roles in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, and is often related to as the heroine of the play. Unlike the business city of Venice, her home is set in the contrasting city of Belmont, which represents love and harmony within the play. We are introduced to Portia in Act 1 Scene 1, when Bassanio describes her as a fair lady, richly left, but we do not see her until Act 1 Scene 2. We learn that she has a close relationship with her waiting-woman, Nerissa, and she ...
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  • Act 1 Scene 3 Hath Not A Jew
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    Shakespeare's portrayal of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice is more complex than is originally thought. He is not only seen by the audience as the traditional stock villain; I hate him-p 13, but he also evokes the audiences empathy such as in his famous speech: hath not a Jew eyes? -p 47. Shylock is caricature to fit the profile of a typically villainous character in the eyes of an Elizabethan audience; his career in usury, his Jewish religion, and his attitude towards money and the Christians ...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Anti Semitic
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    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice contains many examples that insult Jews because they were the minority in London in Shakespeare's time. Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times, Elizabethan audiences found them comical. The majority of London's population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore proves that Shakesp...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Pound Of Flesh
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    Prominent Themes in Western Civilization since the Renaissance. The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare and The Sorrows Of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Goethe are considered to be classics of the World Literature. Shakespeare and Goethe touched in their works the universal topics as Love, Religion, Nature and Man's relationships with God and his fellow men that remain relevant in the contemporary society. The Merchant of Venice and The Sorrows Of Young Werther were written in different li...
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  • Count Of Monte Cristo 14 Years
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    Well noticed in the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, as in The Merchant of Venice, The themes vengeance, conspiracy and love are clearly shown throughout the book. The protagonist in these stories share qualities as do the antagonist. Many times in each book things that show each of these qualities are clearly visible. The reader of these novels can easily see that throughout the story line of each book the protagonist are put through many trials and tribulations, amidst all their problems and a...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Twelfth Night
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    William Shakespeare was a jack of all trades. He could do it all histories, tragedies, comedies, romances. While some people may say that Shakespeare s tragedies are the most popular, his comedies are as popular as the tragedies, if not more. However, comedies of Shakespeare s time are not what people of the twentieth century perceive to be comedy. Some of the elements of Shakespearean comedy are similar to today s comedy, such as physical comedy. People of Shakespeare s time found the fall Kate...
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  • Midsummer Nights Dream Merchant Of Venice
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    William Shakespeare had a way of creating intelligent characters who made use of the art of deception for their own personal gains. Characters such as Lucentio and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew; Oberon and Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream; Portia in The Merchant of Venice; and Richard in Richard III, all wanted to further their own agenda and did so in very sneaky and deceitful ways. These characters smartly used trickery and deceit to achieve their goals, and succeeded. And let me be a s...
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  • Shylock And Portia Merchant Of Venice Motive
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    The Motive of Imposters William Shakespeare attained literary immortality through his exposition of the many qualities of human nature in his works. One such work, The Merchant of Venice, revolves around the very human trait of deception. Fakes and frauds have been persistent throughout history, even to this day. Evidence of deception is all around us, whether it is in the products we purchase or the sales clerks false smile as one debates the purchase of the illusory merchandise. We are engulfe...
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  • Love For Portia Merchant Of Venice Antonio
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    Christopher Shepard Women and Power in Shakespeare Prof. Garganigo 9 / 10 / 1999 Fate Guide as Scapegoat in The Merchant of Venice Self-determined decisions made by Shakespeare's characters not only mold the characters dispositions, but obviously reveal what course the remainder of the play will take. Self-determination remains a strong power for any character when compared with the alternative: fate dictating the characters entire destiny. Fate dictates that the characters do not have a choice ...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Jane Eyre
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    Feminism in Jane Eyre Jay Sheldon English 101 MWF 11: 00 12: 00 Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. With novels such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, or even William Shakespeare's Macbeth the fascination over this subject by authors is evident. In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the n...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Jane Eyre
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    Feminism in Jane Eyre Jay Sheldon Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. With novels such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, or even William Shakespeare's Macbeth the fascination over this subject by authors is evident. In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the notions of feminism often follo...
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  • Comedy And Tragedy Merchant Of Venice
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    Shakespeare? s The Merchant Of Venice combines three themes to form this successful play. It is actually a combination of romance, comedy and tragedy. A romance is a love story which ends with a happy note. Comedy involves an amusing play which also ends with a happy note. Tragedy differs from comedy and romance in that, it is a serious play and the central character exits the play in disaster. Comedy is one of the themes portrayed in this play. Examples of comedy are shown through dramatic iron...
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  • African American Review Returned To England
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    Ira Frederick Aldridge was born on July 24, 1807 in New York. However, his birthplace remained questionable until 40 or so years ago. It has also been listed as Senegal (Africa), and Maryland. However conclusive evidence was found in the 1950 s that he was born in New York. Included in this evidence are his British Naturalization papers and Death Certificate. His father was Reverend Daniel Aldridge, a straw vendor and preacher in " Old Zion" . His mother was Lurranah. Ira grew up in a ...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Love And Friendship
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    Merchant Of Venice-Portia &# 038; Bassanio's Indifference To Merchant Of Venice-Portia &# 038; Bassanio's Indifference To Wealth How little is the cost I have bestowed in purchasing the semblance of my soul, (3. 5. 19 - 20) is where the heart of this play is in my eyes. Portia doing what she can for her one true love, Bassanio. Money is of no importance to her especially when it comes to the happiness or unhappiness of Bassanio. There are many places in the Merchant of Venice that show Portia an...
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    Portia is Definitely a Man s Name Why must we label some women s jobs while men s aren t? A basketball team needs to be changed to the women s basketball team when women participate. Women operate as the other in society, many being unacknowledged and treated as such. Judging by some of Shakespeare s works, it seems this same social placement existed in his time. Through examination of Jessica s escape from her father and Portia s conceding to her royalty in Shakespeare s Merchant of Venice, soc...
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  • Merchant Of Venice Ability To Create
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    The author? s achievement is when he is able to leave an everlasting imprint on his Audience. William Shakespeare? s fictional characters, in The Merchant of Venice greatly influenced the way I view the world and myself. So, how is one of Shakespeare? s characters related to me? Through Shakespeare? s ability to create multidimensional characters possessing every human characteristic possible, I was not only able to sympathize, but was also able to relate to most of the personages. When reading ...
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