The Merchant of Venice - Trial Scene Essay
“The Merchant of Venice”
Analyse how ONE main character’s attempts to solve a problem were important to the text as a whole.
In the text, “The Merchant of Venice,” written and performed by Shakespeare, Antonio, the merchant, borrows money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, to send his friend Bassanio overseas to woo and marry Portia. However, failing to pay back the money in time, Shylock takes Antonio to court demanding a pound of his flesh in payment. Portia, one of the main characters, disguised as a lawyer, attempts (and succeeds) to rescue Antonio using the law to her advantage. This scene is important to the text as a whole, as it brings into question and explains some of the main themes used in the …show more content…
The conflict of the Christian population of Venice against the Jewish beliefs of Shylock, introduces a religious aspect in this text, which climaxes in the scene where Portia saves Antonio in court. All along, Shylock mocks Christians with a bitter hatred and rage fueled by Antonio’s previous racist comments, and his daughter’s elopement