After they are all reunited, Nerissa hands Lorenzo a deed of gift from Shylock, won in the trial, giving Jessica all of his wealth upon his death. Introduction William Shakespeare's satirical comedy, The Merchant of Venice, believed to have been written in 1596 was an examination of hatred and greed. Thou torturest me, Tubal: it was my? The idea here is that Jessica's marriage to a Christian man will automatically make her a Christian too. She admits that she is, in fact, like her father in blood but not in character. The genre of romantic comedy depicts societies that cannot accommodate the independent woman, often indicated by the hiding of her true identity in order to be able to function in society. Shakespeare qualifies her for consideration, though, by allowing her to live up to these standards of beauty placed upon her gender.
The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare. Shylock yearns for something to hold on to. Shylock has a deep hatred for Christians and he has many strengths and weaknesses. Antonio is surrounded by his friends and is quietly resigned to death. But Shakespeare leaves this idea of conversion open-ended. These ideas about the inner and outer self or the invisible and visible suggest that race can be manifest both internally and externally. He has been tormented and repressed mainly by the Christian population.
Alack, what heinous sin is it in me To be ashamed to be my father's child? But come at once; For the close night doth play the runaway, And we are stay'd for at Bassanio's feast. It is a measure of how Shylock loves her that not only does he not press for the truth, for clearly Lancelot spoke for longer and with more agitation than needed to bid goodbye. I shall grow jealous of you shortly, Launcelot, if you thus get my wife into corners. Shylock who has been mocked, insulted and more is suffering from the despises that he gain from just being a Jew. Was he meant to be a figure to be mocked and despised by Shakespeare's audience or did Shakespeare want a different reaction to him.
Their marriage is paralleled by several others: the elopement of Shylock's daughter, Jessica, with the Christian, Lorenzo; and the marriage of Portia's servant, Nerissa, to Bassanio's companion, Gratiano. Regardless of whether she is truly converted or not, she is welcomed to the other side in ways that her blood-line or her race simply cannot prevent. I am sorry thou wilt leave my father so: Our house is hell, and thou, a merry devil, Didst rob it of some taste of tediousness. Since they are not the same, it is shown that some people do not show any mercy because they have no room for mercy or has very little while others give mercy to many a lot. The Merchant of Venice is often categorized as a romantic comedy. In that male dominated world women were considered no better than cattle or land and to talk directly about their rights and needs was useless and even impossible. The fool hath planted in his memory An army of good words; and I do know A many fools, that stand in better place, Garnish'd like him, that for a tricksy word Defy the matter.
The women evil found in Lady Macbeth, beauty and wisdom found in Portia, daughterly love and sacrificing nature found in Cordelia and the weak nature and dependence on others found in Gertrude, each one of them has her own uniqueness. Act 5, Scene 1—the final scene of the play, and following on from the courtroom scene in Act 4—opens with Jessica and Lorenzo strolling in the gardens of Belmont. Quite without heart, on worse than an animal instinct—pilfering to be carnal—she betrays her father to be a light-of-lucre carefully weighted with her sire's ducats. Shakespeare allows Jessica to get around these confining gender roles by doing two things. Mahon and Ellen Macleod Mahon.
Body - Justice Point: In Venice, 1596, the economic stability was dependant on foreign businessmen like shylock. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? He then bids Gobbo precede him to let Antonio and Bassanio know he will attend their dinner. Can Jessica change her religion if religion is part of a racial identity that comes from within? Instead, Antonio becomes a symbol for the kind of family Shylock yearns for. Antonio agrees to give up his flesh only, which is his exterior and does not define him religiously, but the blood is important—the blood he will keep. However, in this story the Christian lover flees alone with the treasure.
Anti-Semitism is not so prevalent in this modern day in some countries, yet a violent religious jihad has been going on in Israel for over 50 years. The outer or visible aspect of race deals with, of course, physicality such as skin color—and we know that skin color cannot be washed away or otherwise converted. Tubal announces that he cannot find Jessica. Nay, you need not fear us, Lorenzo: Launcelot and I are out. Additionally, the depiction of the relationship between Jews and Christians, which has always been an ambivalent one, adds a very interesting albeit difficult dimension to this play.
In Venice, Shylock is no longer interested in the mere payment of the money due him. She ran with a Christian Lorenzo knowing that his father, Shylock hated the Christians. She highly respected her father, though he was dead. While we understand his motivation, we cannot excuse the endless perpetuation of such villainy. In the play's , Jessica is a minor but pivotal role. He was once a visitor at Belmont, and Portia was impressed with him. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1974.