What to learn in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE?
 

Asked by sanu123736 | 7th Jun, 2015, 03:26: PM

Expert Answer:

The Merchant of Venice is play written by Shakespeare, set in 16th century Venice. The following points will help you read and understand the play. 
 
  • Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, and Portia are the main characters in the play.
  • The various themes that revolve around the play are mercy, prejudice, and idealism.
  • The play shows a strong bond of friendship between Antonio and Bassanio.
  • Portia is shown as a symbol of mercy by Shakespeare in the play. 
  • it shows the English society during the Elizabethan era as the one that didn't favour Jews. 
  • Shylock's trial at the end of the play is somewhat a mockery of justice. 
  • Portia's speech in the courtroom: The quality of mercy is not strained...
 
When you read the play, try to understand the main characters but not ignore the others. Also remember to explore the major themes of the play. Some of the lines of the play have become famous over the centuries and have gained place in literary appreciation. Therefore, when you are given assignments on analysing the characters of the play, writing about the themes and symbolism depicted in the drama, attempt at reading the play and preparing these answers. The completed assignments will help you to fare well in the Paper 2 for English. 
The Merchant of Venice is play written by Shakespeare set in 16th century Venice. Antonio, Bassanio, Shylock, and Portia are the main characters in the play. The various themes that revolve around the play are mercy, prejudice, idealism, etc. When you read the play, try to understand the main characters but not ignore the others. Also remember to explore the major themes of the play. Some of the lines of the play have become famous over the centuries and have gained place in literary appreciation. Therefore, when you are given assignments on analysing the characters of the play, writing about the themes and symbolism depicted in the drama, attempt at reading the play and preparing these answers. The completed assignments will help you to fare well in the Paper 2 for English. 

Answered by Snehal Naik | 8th Jun, 2015, 06:15: PM

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