Friday, March 8, 2019

Analysis on “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare Essay

In life, things ar not invariably what they seem. People may appear to be one way and turn let on to be an entirely different. The romantic-comedy, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, shows the count use of finesse by the characters. Deception is a tool that is apply for umteen purposes. The purposes can be harmful, protective or for personal gain. In The Merchant of Venice, Portia, Jessica, and Shylock are all characters who use misrepresentation to break away out their own motives.Shylock, the hated Jew, makes his living through the practice of usury and uses antic when Antonio asks to borrow money from him. Shylock agrees to lend Antonio three degree Celsius ducats if Antonio is willing to sign a bond that would allow Shylock to nonplus an equal pound of his fair flesh(I, iii, 145-146). He expresses the bond in a merry sport(I, iii, 141) and uses this bond to too show that he would be friends with Antonio, and have his love(I, iii, 134).Though Shylocks de scription of the conditions in the bond makes it seem as if Shylock does not mean harm, his intentions are to harm and humiliate Antonio. Antonio says that he neither lends nor borrows by talking nor by tolerant of excess(I, iii, 57-58) and is willing to do that for his dearest friend, Bassanio. At first, Antonio is not blind Shylocks friendly pretence, aware that Shylock is like a villain with a smiling represent and a goodly orchard apple tree rotten at the heart(I, iii, 96-97). However, in the end Antonio accepts the terms of the bond. The merciless use of magic from Shylock is to help fulfill his intention of revenge against Antonio.The deliberate use of cruelness in turnedhood is also shown in Shylocks own daughter, Jessica. Jessica runs off with her Christian lover, Lorenzo. Jessica is ashamd to be her fathers child(II, iii, 17) and describes that her house is hell(II, iii, 2). Jessica lies to her father when he asks her what his servant, Launcelot, said to her as he le ft the house. Launcelot actually told Jessica to watch out for Lorenzo who would be coming by the house later, but she tells her father that Launcelot meet said farewell to her. Shylock, of course, trusts his daughter and does not know that she is deceiving him. Another thaumaturgy by Jessica is when at the night of her elopement, she is coverd as a rapscallion boy. She must do this for womenare not allowed to be out in the streets at night du wall the Elizabethan times. While leaving, she steals and gives Lorenzo some of her fathers valuable possessions. Later on with the jewels she stole from her father, her mothers ring is among them and uses it to purchase frivolous things like a monkey. Jessicas use of deception causes much grief for Shylock not only because of the stolen jewels and ducats but also the loss of his daughter.Portia is another woman who is involved many deceptive plots many which occur during the lottery of the caskets. The choosing of the caskets is bestowed u pon her from her father who past away. The lottery involves suitors taking the luck of Portias hand in marriage. A particular suitor, the Prince of Morocco arrives to take this risk. In this scene, Morocco pleads Portia to mislike him not for his complexion(II, i, 1). Portia tells Morocco that she does not mind the complexion of his skin and that he is then stood as fair as any corner she has encounterd on yet for her affection(II, i, 20). Once he leaves, however, Portia says, allow all of his complexion choose me so(II, vii, 78-79). Portia sets an innocent and admirable face when Morocco or any other suitor is choosing the casket, but the minute he leaves, she mocks them all except Bassanio.Although this scene shows a cruel deception by Portia, she did it to be polite as was expected of her. Portia uses this deliberate deception elevate in the play but in a more dignified way. In Act 4 scene 1, Portia dresses as a potent lawyer in order to deceive the court and save her maint ains friend, Antonio. She must disguise herself because in Elizabethan times, women were not allowed to get in in law or any other profession. This time, Portias deception is not harmful, but is a far more selfless act. Portia sees that disguise is the only method to save Antonios life that is very dear to her husband, Bassanio. Dressed as a young lawyer, Portia manipulates the law with her intellect and saves Antonios life from certain death by of Shylock.Shakespeare made use of deception and false face in The Merchant of Venice because it is part of our everyday lives. either three characters deliberately use deception in order to discover their goal. There are many different motivations for the use of a false face and these are shown in The Merchantof Venice. Whether it is Shylock using it for revenge, Jessica to face for a happier life or Portia to encourage peace, Shakespeares use of deception is for the audience to realize that for our own expediency, society takes advanta ge of the false face.

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