We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

The Merchant of Venice Essay

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website!

‘The Merchant of Venice’ tittle has been carefully chosen and it is apt and suggested. There has been some controversy among the critics that the tittle belong to Shylock or Antonio. This controversy arose because in the first entry the play had been named ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘The Jew of Venice’. Later on the double tittle disappeared and it was named ‘The Merchant of Venice’. So critics supposed that it is Shylock who is real merchant of Venice and the play is slightly named after him. They pointed out that Antonio is passive and has a colorless personality in the play and remains in the background with very little appearance on the stage, whereas Shylock has a dominant role in the play. Therefore it is said that Shakespeare must have had the Jew in his mind and not Antonio while naming the play.

However a superficial reading of the play makes it clear that Antonio is the real merchant of Venice. His name is referred repeatedly as the royal merchant and good Antonio and also in the main trail scene Portia asked pointedly “which is the merchant which is the Jew”. From the beginning of the play Antonio is presented as a rich merchant and a world trader who sent argosies to various countries. On the other hand Shylock is never referred to as a merchant but sketched as an usurer and a cruel money lender.

Though Antonio is a passive figure we can say that the play is rightly named after him. It was Antonio’s action that gave rise to the plot of the drama and indirectly he is related to the casket story, the second main plot of the drama. The bond story rises directly out of his execution of the bond. The casket story is indirectly but vitally related to him as he is the person who enters into the bond, borrows money from Shylock and helps Bassanio to reach Belmont as a suitor. In the final scene the battle is fought over his fate and every incident of the play converges this scene. Hence the play can be aptly be called ‘The Merchant of Venice’ after him.

We will write a custom essay sample on The Merchant of Venice specifically for you

Order now

How to cite this page

Choose cite format:

The Merchant of Venice. (2016, Oct 01). Retrieved from http://rightsofislam.com/the-merchant-of-venice-2-essay

We will write a custom essay sample onThe Merchant of Venicespecifically for you

Our customer support team is available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm EST. If you contact us after hours, we'll get back to you in 24 hours or less.

By clicking "Send Message", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
No results found for “ image
Try Our service

Hi, I am Sara from Studymoose

Hi there, would you like to get such a paper? How about receiving a customized one? Check it out http://goo.gl/CYf83b


Hi, I am Sara from Studymoose

Hi there, would you like to get such a paper? How about receiving a customized one? Check it out http://goo.gl/CYf83b


Your Answer is very helpful for Us
Thank you a lot!

Sitemap HyperNormalisation (2016) | Movie Recovery Boys | 1 Paar seltene, sehr alte original Käthe Kruse Puppen-Sandalen