Academic Papers on Merchant Of Venice

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A 5 page paper which examines the underlying theme of deceiving appearances that is present throughout William Shakespeare's classic comedy, The Merchant of Venice (1597).

A 5 page paper analyzing the use of the courtroom scene in Shakespeare's play. The paper asserts that Shakespeare used this scene as a way to give a voice to individuals normally not heard in Elizabethan society, such as women and Jews. Bibliography lists three sources.

A 5 page paper looking at the way Shakespeare deals with the character of the Jewish moneylender Shylock in this play. The paper concludes that Shakespeare's handling of the question of anti-Semitism gives Shylock a way to vent his wrath at the Christians who have persecuted him, while at the same time making that wrath ...

A 4 page paper examining the occurrence of 'other' in Shakespeare's works. The issue is discussed using Adelman's thesis that Shakespeare's characters project their own fears onto other characters they define as 'other.' An analysis of Adleman's theory is included, followed by a discussion which addresses the separate elements that such a reality ...

This 14 page report discusses law and literature and addresses the question as to why there is a problem of interpretation. Legal interpretation and questions related to such interpretation form a commonplace reality in the modern world -- from high-profile circumstances such as that of President Clinton asking “what is is” to the most mundane of arguments regarding property rights or ...

A 6 page paper which examines Shylock and Jessica's disappointment in William Shakespeare's comedy, "The Merchant of Venice," specifically, how both father and daughter are disillusioned by Italian Renaissance society and suffered individual disappointment. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the use of settings in the respective plays, and how the characters relate to the moods of these settings. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 10 page paper which examines if William Shakespeare's social commentaries (as represented by three plays) were financially motivated or if he was trying to prove something. Specifically considered is how Shakespeare was able to diplomatically handle the political and religious aspects of his plays in order to secure funding for them, i.e., what he ...

A six page paper which looks at Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice from a feminist perspective, considering in particular the relationships between Jessica and Shylock, and Portia and Bassanio, and the use of masculine disguise in Portia’s courtroom appearance. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts these two plays in terms of their representation of the moody protagonists featured in each, the relationships between fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, as well as the themes of power, justice, and the Prodigal Son. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

All of us are prejudiced by our own time period. It has been thought that in our own time frame, Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice is an anti-Semitic play. Thesis: This discussion will examine that the anti-Semitism as presented in the Merchant of Venice, contains an element of pro-Semitism that is not initially discerned. ...

10 pages. In Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice the word 'hazard' is used eleven times. This interesting research paper looks at each use of the word and analyzes it's use in regards to the character who is using the word, the character to whom they are speaking, and so forth. There are many ...

A 6 page essay that argues that Shakespeare's portrayal of women in The Merchant of Venice and in Much Ado About Nothing shows that he considered women to be capable of showing intelligence and loyalty to equal any man. Beatrice through her loyalty to Hero and Portia in her dramatic defense of her husband's friend, ...

A 10 page paper which examines the way business was conducted throughout the antiquity, the Renaissance, and the 17th century (specifically, such practices as money-lending, interest, trade, banking) and considers how this is depicted in such literary works as Plautus’s “The Pot of Gold (The Aulularia),” William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and Moliere’s “The ...

This 4 page paper applies the theories of Freud to the character of Shakespeare's Bassanio from The Merchant of Venice. Brief synopsis included. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

This is an 8 page paper on the themes and influences on the works of Walt Whitman, William Shakespeare and William Golding. An introductory outline is included. American poet Walt Whitman, British playwright William Shakespeare and British writer William Golding all manage to include important historical, cultural, religious and societal influences in the themes within ...

“A 4 page paper which examines the comedic and tragic elements of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” NO additional sources cited.

A 12 page paper which describes how Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is a Renaissance play. Bibliography lists 7 additional sources.

A 5 page paper which traces the relationship between Jessica and Lorenzo in Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice.” No additional sources cited.

This 10 page paper suggests that Shakespeare had intended to create three levels of love as related to the three sayings as contained in the caskets of the Merchant of Venice. Three levels of love are explored in the Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, As You Like It and The Twelfth Night. ...

An 8 page paper which examines the ideas of xenophobia in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice.” Anti-Semitisim is also examined. Bibliography lists 2 additional sources.

A 2.5 page paper which examines how the ways in which Portia is presented in Act III, Scene ii and Act IV, Scene i, serve to reflect different aspects of her character. No additional sources are used.

A 3 page paper which examines the experiences of Shylock in Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” as they relate to the Gospel of Luke. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper which examines how the play, despite charges of anti-Semitism, depicts Christians as little better than Jews. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page paper is based on a close reading of "The Merchant of Venice" and discusses the role of Portia, and why she is not a typical Elizabethan woman. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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