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  • Shylocks Hatred Of Antonio And The Christians
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    The Merchant of Venice A View of Antonio The character of Antonio is very complex, and his attitudes to the people around him are greatly different. He varies from kind and forgiving to a mean and evil man. To his friends he is generous and loving but to his enemies he is vengeful and spiteful. The first spoken line in the play is "In sooth I know not why I am so sad". This sets the scene for him and his attitude for the most part of the play. This is because a lot of the bad luck in the play fa...
  • Venice As Far As Belmont The Play
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    The play, ^The Merchant of Venice^ by William Shakespeare has two main settings. One setting is Venice, a city where many businessmen live, a place full of unhappy and unkind people. It a world of commercial and law. Venice has been portrait ed by Shakespeare as the ^real^ world. The other setting is Belmont, a city which houses a rich, happy and sophisticated society of beautiful people. Belmont is a fairy-tale world of music and love. In this play it is evident that, good things occur in Belmo...
  • Portia Woos Bassanio
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    The Sly Side of Portia In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare presents the theme; looks can be deceiving. This is seen in the character of Portia. She portrays herself as a pleasant person when it comes to Bassanio, but is deceitful and mean when it comes to her suitors. She also disguises herself as Balthazar, a young doctor who is to judge in the courtroom of Shylock and Antonio. Once again, we see her cunning ways towards the end of the play when she taunts Bassanio about the ring that she ha...
  • Shylock And Antonio
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    In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is the merchant, and complains to his friends about how depressed he is and he cannot explain why. His friend Bassanio is in desperate need of money to court Portia, wealthy women of Belmont, so Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. However, Antonio cannot give Bassanio the loan because he has just invested all of his money into a number of ships that are still at sea. Antonio advises Bassanio to go and meet with Shylock, a Jew who is a moneylender. Bassanio takes ...
  • Relationship Between Antonio And Bassanio Antonio
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    The Merchant of Venice: The Relationship between Antonio and Bassanio Antonio, the protagonist of the story, is extremely good friends with Bassanio. I have come up on a hypothesis that Antonio is gay and Bassanio is a bisexual. Antonio seems to like Bassanio in a romantic way. Antonio is a male. Bassanio isa male. Bassanio likes Antonio in a romantic way and also loves Portia, a female. Also, there is another pair who I am suspicious about. They are Salanio and Salerio. The reason is that they ...
  • Antonio And Bassanio
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    People's rewards are determined based on their actions. The fact that Shylock is not merciful to Antonio and that he is hateful towards the Christians, has resulted in him losing his possessions. Bassanio not only helps Antonio, but is also wise and being wed to Portia is his reward. Antonio gives money to Bassanio and is willing to die for his friend and his reward is his life. The particular actions and decisions made by Shylock, Antonio and Bassanio causes them to reap the benefits or misfort...
  • Bassanio Deserves To Win The Casket Test
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    Why Bassanio Deserves to Win the Casket Test does he love her for herself or for the opportunity she offers him to renew his wasted estate The other main characters are tried by events; Bassanio only passes a multiple-choice test. Nerissa, making the best of Portia's predicament, observes that the right casket "will no doubt never be chosen by any rightly but one you shall rightly love". And as Bassanio hastens to his choice, Portia remarks, "If you do love me, you will find me out". We may assu...
  • Antonio's Love For Bassanio
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    A Dose of Drama: How Much Humor Can You Take Antonio is the namesake of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, but in addition to contributing to the title, his constant search for emotional martyrdom adds an air of depth and drama to an otherwise lighthearted and laughable play. Like many of Shakespeare's best characters, Antonio could easily be overlooked as a mere plot-device. However, upon further inspection, he's more than just two-dimensional; he has a history, a personality, and a raison d...
  • Bassanio's Friendship With Antonio
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    The Merchant of Venice I believe that S.T. Coleridge's phrase "representation of men in all ages and all times" applies to this play because I feel that the characters in this play, even the female ones, portray universal elements of the nature of man. One of these elements is honor, which Antonio displays bravely. A second element is the cockiness so often associated with men, this element got Antonio in a heap of trouble. Another element is a man's loyalty to his true friends is great; Bassani...
  • Antonio And Bassanio
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    What impression do you get of Bassanio as a friend, a lover and a husband-to-be in The Merchant of Venice? Our first proper introduction of Bassanio is when he is asking his great friend Antonio to lend him some more money (Act 1 Scene 1); he wants it in order to search for and woo Portia, an extremely wealthy woman about to inherit a huge fortune from her (now dead) father. Antonio, out of curiosity, asks, "Well, tell me now what lady is the same to whom you swore a secret pilgrimage that you t...
  • Attention To 3 Of Portia's Suitors
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    Shakespeare draws attention to 3 of Portia's suitors, the Prince of Morocco, the Prince of Arragon, and Bassanio. The Prince of Morocco is the first suitor of the 3 suitors. His first line is, 'Mislike me not for my complexion' (Act 2 Scene 1). However his character is proud. He says the lead casket is not worth hazarding everything and continues on to the sliver casket. He goes to the gold casket thinking that 'what many men desire' describes Portia. His choice can be explained by the fact that...
  • Bassanio And Portia
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    Portia is truly the heroine in The Merchant of Venice. She is a wealthy heiress from Belmont, and is both beautiful and witty. She seems to more intelligent than the men around her. She is also the one most in control, that is once she marries Bassanio. Portia, disguised as the young lawyer, single-handedly saved Antonio. Then in Act V she provided comic relief when questioning Bassanio about his ring. Though Portia was able to toy and trick Bassanio, the two really do deserve each other. Before...
  • Bassanio's Love For Antonio
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    Antonio is never with a woman in the play and the only time he talks about love it is about his love for Bassanio. In Act IV, scene 1, Antonio says" Commend me to your honourable wife. Tell her the process of Antonio's end. Say how I lov'd you, speak me fair in death and when the tale is told, bid her be judge. Whether Bassanio had not once a love". Antonio loves Bassanio so deeply he is willing to die, and before that he is willing to "give" him to Portia, because Bassanio has no idea how deep ...

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