This interpretation is probably a result of the way Jews were forced to live in the ghetto, and the way in which so many Jews were slaughtered during World War Two. When Bassanio finally makes the right choice and wins the lottery of the casket test, Shakespeare uses the device of soliloquy: Whether the situation of Elizabethan women was better or worse than that of their predecessors, historians may argue, but such tension clearly existed in practice and in ideology.
Shylock is a Jew, which means that he is restricted to certain business in Venice. He was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him look to is bond. The word of the director usually prevails.
He goes on further bringing forward the hate shown to him by Antonio.
He uses Bassanio as a device for introducing the character of Portia. I stay here on my bond. But the masculine disguise sometimes breaks down. In the fifth and final act, she still expands her freedom, as she grows in authority and dignity, fresh touches of humour enlightening her new traits of courteousness showing.
The first occasions that I remember hearing discussions of Shakespeare's women that did not take conventional stereotypes of femininity for granted were in the early sixties, when I heard three years apart an actress and my college Shakespeare teacher, Nancy Pollard Brown, talk about The Taming of the Shrew.
Although Cleopatra is ultimately rendered powerless through her suicide, which is a traditionally male form of death, she remains beautiful, which emphasises her femininity. Another small quote from this caption of speech shows us a reason why Lancelot would prefer to be with Bassanio and not Shylock: Shakespeare introduces her character in a very conventional way.
This means that Shylock does not feed Lancelot very well, and as a result, Lancelot is now quite thin. She favours Bassanio, a young Venetian noble, but is not allowed to give him any clues to assist in his choice.
This is no to say though that you cannot. Portia changes the rhythm of her speech from prose when she was speaking to Morocco to a softer more poetic verse form.
She echoes the anti-Semitism in Venice Antonio against the Jew, Shylock through her reaction upon learning of the arrival of the Prince of Morocco: Further down this scene Shylock engulfs into yet another powerful speech, saying: He is trying to manifest the idea of Jews being prejudice against.
He is seen to jump from left to right as he pretends to be each side of his own conscience, making this an amusing part of the play.
As Shylock enters the court, the Duke tells Shylock that he, and everyone else, believes that Shylock will show mercy at the last minute, but we can only expect the worse as this is Shylock.
Her combination of qualities makes it possible for critics on both sides to praise her or criticize her, contrasts with the simple images Othello has of her, and contributes to the ultimate disaster.
Overall, Shakespeare presents her as learned, eloquent and confident which is very different to the way she is portrayed — quiet, obedient and submissive prior to this scene.
As a conclusion, Shakespeare in my view has put the whole Jewish society in this one man Shylock. However he has hatred towards Jews. Whereas there are few Roman women and little fertility, Cleopatra is as fertile as the banks of the Nile.
All of a sudden, Shylock suddenly changes his tone, from being aggressive and offensive he becomes nice. In contrast, the women must submit to the patriarchal rules that confine them to the private or domestic sphere, denying them access to the public or political domain.
Antony and Cleopatra, I, iv, ll. Occasionally a critic asserts, as [Hugh Richmond, in Shakespeare's Sexual Comedy] did recently, that Shakespeare's women are "the conscious sustainers of society and culture, as are Modern American Women. It is twice blest:William Shakespeare wrote his play ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ in approximately the year Shakespeare would have written this play to be performed at the Globe theatre in London.
The PowerPoint PPT presentation: "Lecture 4 The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare’s Sonnets" is the property of its rightful owner. Consider Shakespeare’s presentation of Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” “ The Merchant of Venice ” is believed to have been written in the 16th century and it is to a large extent reflective of England at the time, which was a patriarchal society.
In Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, it is a man’s world. In the Roman world, women were irrelevant. They were not allowed to speak in public and were barred from the world of politics.
A woman’s main function was to serve in the home. Essays and criticism on William Shakespeare - Shakespeare's Representation of Women.
Dec 01, · The women of Shakespeare’s plays are an interesting subject matter and Portia is one of the most discussed and interpreted female characters produced by the Bard.
This paper will consider Shakespeare’s depiction of Portia. An essay of this type Reviews: 6.Download