Research paper topics, free example research papers

Free research papers and essays on topics related to: shylock

  • 31 results found, view research papers on page:
  • 1
  • 2
  • Merchant Of Venice Shylock Victim Or Villian - 1,420 words
    Merchant Of Venice Shylock Victim Or Villian To what extent do you feel sympathy for Shylock? In the 16th century Jews were discriminated against especially in England and Venice. Christians believed that the Jewish race was inferior to them and that Jews should not be accepted into their society. There were very few Jews in England in this period this was mainly due to the fact that Edward had been lent money by several Jewish money lenders, he became unable to repay the money he owed them, and as a result sent them into exile. The remaining Jewish population were hated even more. In Venice, Jews were not given equal opportunities. They were unable to own land or work in the country as anyt ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, shylock, the merchant of venice, venice
  • Merchant Of Venice: Shylock The Antagonist - 973 words
    Merchant Of Venice: Shylock the Antagonist? In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock. He is a Jew, that much we are told in the cast list. But, as the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villian. He is protrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil. But is he? Is Shylock really the antagonist in this play or can he also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge only after he has been pushed too far. To fully understand the character of Shylock we must first look at Elizabeathen attitudes towards Jews. In the sixteenth century Jews were rarely if ever seen in England. In the Middle Ages Jews had fled to England to escape persecution in France u ...
    Related: antagonist, merchant, merchant of venice, shylock, the merchant of venice
  • The Secular And Religious Views Of Both, Antonio And Shylock, Were Portrayed Very Bluntly The Religious Opinions Of Both Char - 639 words
    The secular and religious views of both, Antonio and Shylock, were portrayed very bluntly. The religious opinions of both characters were that their religion was superior to infidels and also very stereotypical. In the business world, Antonio owned ships with valuable goods and was extremely generous. He always relied on their return to shore and expressed his faith in this book. On the other hand, Shylock was a greedy man and used the Bible for sources of interest to collect more money. Relating to religious views Antonio and Shylock were very parallel, but in means of business the two were reverses. "I[Shylock] hate [Antonio] for he is a Christian. . . [Antonio] hates our sacred nation." T ...
    Related: antonio, char, religious views, secular, first impressions
  • William Shakespeares The Merchant Of Venice Shylock - 1,678 words
    William ShakespeareS The Merchant Of Venice - Shylock Throughout the course of history, Jews have been relentlessly persecuted. The English are not an exception, since their history shows that the general English attitude towards Jews during the Elizabethan Era is anti-Semitic. This negative bias towards Jews is apparently clear in Elizabethan literature, including William Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice. Shylock, the Jewish antagonist in Shakespeares play, is stereotypically portrayed as a villain in accordance to popular prejudice. Thus, Shylock is labeled as a villain because he is a Jew. This misconception of Jews as being villainous in nature persisted well into the 20th century unt ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, shylock, the merchant of venice, venice
  • Banning Books - 1,257 words
    Banning Books Banning Books Our freedom is under attack! Censorship is clearly an attack on our freedom. There are a number of books that are banned or challenged that are great books, such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. These books are classics. Banning these books robs students of great literature. Censorship of books in secondary schools should not be allowed. The list of books that have been banned completely in many schools across the nation is expansive, and so are the reasons that parents and schoolboards give for banning these books. Advocates of literary censorship say that it's best for the students. Opponents say that ...
    Related: banned books, banning, great books, small group, main argument
  • Merchant - 1,007 words
    Merchant Of Venice Stereotypes in "The Merchant of Venice" "Dumb jocks! ", "Women don't belong there, doing that!", "He must be a criminal, just look at his clothes." How often have we heard somebody mention these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? Our society is based on face values where we categorize people because of a few actions. All of the above statements are prejudicial notions used to define members of a social or an ethnic group, and are called stereotypes. Stereotypes are explored greatly in the Shakespeare play "The Merchant Of Venice", as most of the main characters are looked upon with a stereotypical point of view. However Not all of the main characters ar ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, main character, the courtroom
  • Merchant - 1,007 words
    Merchant Of Venice Stereotypes in "The Merchant of Venice" "Dumb jocks! ", "Women don't belong there, doing that!", "He must be a criminal, just look at his clothes." How often have we heard somebody mention these things, yet, how often have we said something similar? Our society is based on face values where we categorize people because of a few actions. All of the above statements are prejudicial notions used to define members of a social or an ethnic group, and are called stereotypes. Stereotypes are explored greatly in the Shakespeare play "The Merchant Of Venice", as most of the main characters are looked upon with a stereotypical point of view. However Not all of the main characters ar ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, different perspective, play fair
  • Merchant Of Venice - 1,304 words
    Merchant Of Venice "How little is the cost I have bestowed in purchasing the semblance of my soul,"(3.5.19-20) is where the heart of this play is in my eyes. Portia doing what she can for her one true love, Bassanio. Money is of no importance to her especially when it comes to the happiness or unhappiness of Bassanio. There are many places in the Merchant of Venice that show Portia and Bassanios indifference, and what seems to be apathy toward wealth. Many are hidden and many are as clear as day to the reader. I found that reading into The Merchant of Venice was a fun and interesting experience. The way Shakespeare wrote his plays makes people really think about what they are reading; it rem ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, venice, doing good
  • Merchant Of Venice - 598 words
    Merchant Of Venice In this play two characters have a bigger role than one might imagine. Salerio and Solanio are the storytellers in The Merchant of Venice. They fill in important information that the audience needs to full understand the play. First, the two names differ by only a few letters, they are so close that one might confuse the two and think that they are the same person. I feel that this is Shakespeare's intention in this play. He makes the two similar so that they are not very important to the plot of the play. At the same time they are two different people, not just a narrator. I feel that Shakespeare does this so that he can have the two characters speaking to each other. It ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, venice, english channel
  • Merchant Of Venice And Shylockes - 712 words
    Merchant Of Venice And Shylockes In the play the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, the character Shylockеs portrayal changes a great deal. This manеs image goes from that of a cruel and evil murder to a pitiful and helpless beggar of mercy. These circumstances raise the question of what kind of man Shylock truly is, and whether or not the reader should feel pity for him. There is no doubt that Shylock is a man with faults, but there is evidence to suggest that his intentions though cruel and heartless are the result of years of unjust provocation on the part of Antonio. Shylock reveals a very dark side of himself once he has Antonio at his mercy. Out of context, Shylock& ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, venice, dark side
  • Merchant Of Venice By Shakespeare - 1,192 words
    Merchant Of Venice By Shakespeare In this world, there are many aspects of blindness whether it is mentally or physically. Either way, each blindness brings out the disability in each person. Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare presents more than one form of blindness, which complicates the social order of the society, and I feel that the blindness, being their imperfection, creates tension between characters, which is weakened by blindness. When the characters are being blind, they are corrupted by their actions and somehow they do not care who they are hurting as long as they know they are getting the best out of something. Whether it being valu ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, shakespeare, the merchant of venice, venice
  • Merchant Of Venice By Shakespeare - 1,236 words
    ... a male lawyer and a male clerk to take part in the trial. The reason why they will "speak between the change of man and boy with a reed voice, and turn two mincing steps, into a manly stride" (Pg. 62, lines 68-70) so they could have their voices heard in order to convince the Duke to release their friend Antonio from his forfeit. Women knew that men would only respect other men. Jessica cross-dresses to elope with her love, Lorenzo. The reason why she dresses as a torchbearer is to be able to walk out in public without being suspected of any wrongdoing. Unlike Portia and Nerissa, who seemed comfortable in their disguise, Jessica felt that "cupid himself would blush to see [her] thus tran ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, shakespeare, venice, equal opportunity
  • Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare - 1,059 words
    Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare In the Dukes opinion (Act iv, Sc.1) Shylock is an inhuman wretch. Do you agree? Do you feel that Shylock receives, justice at the end of the play? The Merchant Of Venice was written by William Shakespeare, between 1596 and 1598. It was first published in 1600. Although this play is described as a romantic comedy, there is an underlying plot of moral dimension in the development of Shylocks character. Shylock is a Jew and at this time Jews were the focus of much racial prejudice and repression. In fact the Jewish community in the middle ages suffered huge prejudice. Jews were associated mainly with money lending, as Christians could not lend money at ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, shakespeare, the merchant of venice, venice, william shakespeare
  • Merchant Of Venice Essay - 650 words
    Merchant of Venice Essay Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot. The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by complaining behind Launcelot's back of his laziness. Shylock says, "The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder, Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day More than the wildca ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, venice, main character
  • Merchant Of Veniceportia - 887 words
    Merchant Of Venice-Portia When William Shakespeare wrote, The Merchant of Venice, he included a female character that influences the play dramatically. In most of Shakespeare's plays, the women have little power and intelligence. In The Merchant of Venice, however, Portia is a woman that saves the life of a man with her wit and intelligence. Another woman created by Shakespeare that posses qualities similar to Portia is Beatrice, from Much Ado about Nothing. Both women add to the main themes of the play because of their ability to use their intelligence and witty remarks as well as having a loving heart. The women share many similarities as well as many differences which seem to be inevitabl ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, female characters, william shakespeare
  • Merchant Of Veniceportia Bassanios Indifference To Wealth - 1,317 words
    Merchant Of Venice-Portia & Bassanio's Indifference To Wealth "How little is the cost I have bestowed in purchasing the semblance of my soul,"(3.5.19-20) is where the heart of this play is in my eyes. Portia doing what she can for her one true love, Bassanio. Money is of no importance to her especially when it comes to the happiness or unhappiness of Bassanio. There are many places in the Merchant of Venice that show Portia and Bassanio's indifference, and what seems to be apathy toward wealth. Many are hidden and many are as clear as day to the reader. I found that reading into The Merchant of Venice was a fun and interesting experience. The way Shakespeare wrote his plays makes people real ...
    Related: indifference, merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, free spirit
  • Oliver - 1,030 words
    Oliver Twist And Anti Semism Charles Dickens being anti-Semitic when portraying the character Fagin as "the Jew", in his classic story Oliver Twist, or was he merely painting an accurate portrait of the 19th Century Jew in England? Some critics seem to believe so. Though there are no indications of neither anti-Semitic nor racist slurs throughout the story, Dickens' image turned out to follow the path of his time and place in history. The result is an enlightened picture of Victorian England's image of the Jew. The attitude towards Jews and Jewishness in 19th Century England demonstrates that Dickens was a man of his time. His attitude reflected the common British belief that Jews were villa ...
    Related: oliver, oliver twist, apostle paul, victorian society, stereotype
  • Portia: Is She The Best Female Shakespearean Part Portia Is One Of Shakespeares Best Parts For An Actress And Within This Pla - 884 words
    Portia: Is she the best female Shakespearean part? Portia is one of Shakespeares best parts for an actress and within this play she displays great wit and intelligence. Those are traits that no other female character has ever established. Shakespeare wrote The Merchant Of Venice, between 1595 and 1598 and some of the main characters in the play include: Antonio, Portia, Shylock, Bassanio, Lorenzo, Jessica, Gratiano, Nerissa, Launcelot Gobbo and County Palatine. In The Merchant Of Venice, Portia has a lot of long speeches in which she displays her intelligence by either making fun of her suitors or showing her love for Bassanio or her knowledge of law. The opening scene gives proof that Porti ...
    Related: actress, portia, shakespearean, opening scene, the courtroom
  • Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - 321 words
    Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Annonymous The Merchant of Venice does portray a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, 'I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!' All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them will listen to the other because their hearts are filled with intense prejudice. Antonio proves that he is unwilling to change his feelings toward Shylock when he says, 'I'm likely to call you names again, spit on you again, and shun you again.' They don't seem to realize that their prejudiced attitudes could get someone (Antonio) killed. There are different time ...
    Related: jean, prime, the merchant of venice, merchant of venice, nice
  • Shakespeares The Merchant Of Venice - 1,400 words
    Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice Although Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is considered a comedy, cruelty runs rampant throughout the entire text of the play. Most of the characters exhibit some form of cruel behavior toward one another, including Lancelot who is cruel to his father Gobbio when he runs into him on the street. He engages the old man in belittling word play because his father has very poor eyesight and cannot tell that he is actually speaking to his own son. Everyone is cruel to Shylock; in fact, he is viewed as the outsider and often referred to as the devil. Shylock is the Jewish moneylender who makes a huge profit by lending money with exorbitant interest rates to ...
    Related: merchant, merchant of venice, the merchant of venice, venice, the courtroom
  • 31 results found, view research papers on page:
  • 1
  • 2