Bassanio attempts to bribe him with three times the amount of the bond. It is from this medieval literary tradition that Shakespeare borrows the figure of Shylock, just as Marlowe did for his Jew of Malta. His infatuation for Princess Pea made him so lovesick that even when he was sentenced to the dungeon to be eaten by the rats, he was still dreamy about love. Further angered by the elopement and conversion of his daughter Jessica to one of Antonio's Christian friends, Shylock is more determined than ever on revenge. But shortly after his arrival at Belmont, his feelings undergo a sudden and unexpected revulsion.
On many occasions he has abused Shylock, and even spat on his clothes. Lorenzo cannot get in a word for the boisterous Gratiano who makes sport of Antonio's melancholy telling him that he is too serious and that he himself would rather go through life acting foolish. Thus melancholy may be regarded as one of the principal traits of his Character. Shylock: Shylock is a Jewish moneylender of notable prominence in Venice. Unless he gets the money, he may lose his beloved Portia to someone else.
Most often than not, beauty and brains cannot go together, but Gabby has them both. Instead of charging Bassanio interest, Shylock wants Antonio to put up a pound of his own flesh as collateral. Bassanio's character is more fully drawn than Antonio's, but it does not possess the powerful individuality that Shakespeare gives to his portraits of Portia and Shylock. Rather, he seeks to win her over by showing off wealth that he does not have. Shakespeare has filled him with all the traits that make him appear a young fool who lends himself to jeopardy. And think of her as the crazy girl but to me she is known as Anna Gabrielle Frances C.
The Merchant of Venice With New and Updated Critical Essays and a Revised Bibliography. A leech is also known as a doctor. Portia knows this also and loves him deeply, despite this minor flaw. You loved, I loved; for intermission. No one cannot help but admire this gorgeous and elegant young lady who always joins in beauty.
The audience once again gets the sense that Shylock does not like Antonio or that Shylock is seeking revenge for some unknown injury. This request demonstrates that Bassanio is a gambler who believes he can recover any loss. New York: Signet Classic, 2004. He is playing the role of melancholy rather than actually feeling melancholic. Bassanio seems to float through life, reaping the benefits of his rich friends.
Antonio becomes a hero for having put his life at stake for his friend. As Jews were considered foreigners the fair adjudication of Shylock's contract was necessary to keep secure the trade of the city. However, what Shakespeare is trying to prove is that honesty, loyalty and brotherhood make a person strong and Antonio is not weak even if he appears so. Finally, of course, what we most remember about Portia, after the play is over, is her wit and her playfulness. His flesh is forfeit to the Jew who is intent on having it. This pair quickly exits to make way for Bassanio who is accompanied by his friends Lorenzo and Gratiano. The central characters in the drama are two friends Antonio and Bassanio pitted against a Jewish and cunning villain Shylock.
However, she is always seen by us as being pleasant and polite. On my website, there is an example of a character sketch and there are directions on how to write a character sketch. Shakespeare has not portrayed him as full of common sense because that role is to be played by Portia. Character sketches only give snapshots of people; therefore, you should not try to write a history of the person. He has the energy and enthusiasm of youth. Bassanio is immediately and extremely concerned over the fate of Antonio and is anxious to do whatever is possible for his friend. This shows that Portia is not as powerless as she says she is.
First off, when one begins considering Bassanio, one should dismiss all the critics who condemn him for his financial habits. His conduct throughout the trial-scene testifies to the development going on within him, and gains the entire approval of the ever-watchful eyes of the youthful judge; so that in the fifth act, when complete harmony is at last restored, we feel that Bassanio, purified and elevated by her influence, though he may not be her equal, is yet worthy of his Portia. Young men in love have often gone into debt; thus Bassanio has always borrowed money and, furthermore, no moral stigma should be involved. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. If Bassanio is not a powerful hero, he is certainly a sympathetic one.
Even Portia could not have outwitted him, had she not consulted Dr. He is not trying to make Antonio an epitome of loyalty, brotherhood and ethics but instead the weapon to kill the evil. The temptation to debauchery, from which homosexuality was not clearly distinguished, was accepted as part of the common lot. Again, when Portia, in disguise as Balthazar, wanted his ring as a fee to test his devotion towards her, he qualified that test as well. Antonio is young and energetic but loses control of his tongue when it comes to the Jews. Her father devises a riddle for suitors to solve in order to win her hand in marriage, at which Bassanio succeeds.
Since Shylock is so insistent on absolute adherence to the law he is made to lose his bond and since he as a foreigner attempted to harm the life of a Venetian he is himself subject to punishment. Bassanio is one of the most important characters of the play. While at the beginning of the play, Shylock bond conditions could be interpreted as trying to teach Antonio a lesson or reveal something about his character, here the bond becomes a sign of revenge. Portia is as faultless as one could imagine. He is among the lucky ones that are actually chosen and used by the white folks in his community.