A Summary Of The Merchant Of Venice
The Merchant of Venice is a play that was written by William Shakespeare between 1594 and 1597. It was one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies. The pay was first printed in 1600, and it is famous for Shakespeare's portray of Shylock, a greedy moneylender who is owed money by the title character, the Merchant of Venice. The title character of the Merchant of Venice is named Antonio. He decides to borrow money from Shylock, even though he is not accustomed to engaging in such activity. He believes that it will be easy for him to pay back his debts, so he agrees that if he is not able to pay off his debt, Shylock can take a pound of flesh from him instead of the money. After a series of unexpected events render Antonio unable to pay back the money in question, and Shylock must decide whether or not to claim his pound of flesh in exchange for his unpaid money. The story continues to wind through a path of interlocking events that deal with greed, honor and disgrace. There are many undertones in the play that led many to claim that Shakespeare had anti-Semitic tendencies. At one point in the play, Shylock's daughter runs away to convert to Christianity, and this event fills the moneylender with rage and prompts him to become determined to collect on the pound of flesh owed to him by Antonio, who is also a Christian, though not man his daughter plans to marry. Like in most Shakespearean plays, the action culminates with a dramatic scene involving most, if not all of the characters on stage at the same time. Though much controversy still surrounds the Merchant of Venice because of its anti-Semitic plot, it is still considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. The characters experience intense complex emotions for which the famous playwright was known, and these are brought to life in a tragic way on the Elizabethan stage.