The Merchant Of Venice: Money & Love
The main theme in The Merchant of Venice is the way money and love is viewed by each character. The Christian characters in the play value human relationships over business ones, whereas Shylock is only interested in the money. Antonio lends money without interest and puts himself at risk for the people he loves. Shylock destructs over the loss of his money and runs through the streets saying, O, my ducats! O, my daughter!Skylock apparently values his money more than he values his daughter, meaning that his money and greediness outweighs his love.
When Bassanio is in debt, he asks Antonio for a loan so he can go see the woman of his dreams, and have money to spend. Bassanio tells Antonio to look at the money as an investment, since if he marries Portia he will have plenty of money. Antonio insists that he is lending the money solely out of love to his best friend. When Antonio needs a loan, he talks to Skylock and agrees if he defaults he will lose a pound of flesh. Since Skylock does not like Antonio for interfering with Skylocks business, by loaning money at no interest. Antonio is lending money to a friend that he loves, whereas Skylock is trying to get revenge on Antonio.
Since Bassanio had enough money to reach Portia in Belmont, he was able to choose the correct chest and have Portia as his wife. This would not have been possible if Antonio had not lent Bassanio the money at the beginning. Bassanio receives a letter from Antonio that since one of his boats crashed, he will default on the loan to Skylock. Bassanio is feeling guilty that his best friend could lose a pound of flesh. He goes to Venice to either pay back Skylock or switch positions with Antonio. Since Bassanio is rich from his marriage, he...
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True Love in The Merchant of Venice Essay
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True Love in The Merchant of Venice
Among the various themes presented in the Merchant of Venice the
most important is the nature of true love. The casket plot helps
illustrate the theme. Through a variety of suitors the descriptions of the
caskets, Shakespeare shows the reader how different people view true love.
He also shows what is most important to the suitors and in some cases it is
not true love, but material things and outward appearance.
The first suitor who tries to win Portia's hand is the Prince of
Morocco. When he first arrives in Belmont, the reader can see how arrogant
the prince is, He says, "The best regarded virgins of our clilme/ hath
loved it too..."…show more content…
The scroll warns, "all that glitters is not
gold..." (2.7,66) and that wealth is not the most important thing. The
Prince, having shallow reasoning only wanted to marry Portia because of her
wealth. He leaves, having promised, as all the suitors had, to remain
celibate if he should pick the wrong casket. Portia then awaits the next
suitor who will try to win her hand in marriage.
The Prince of Arragon, the next suitor to try his hand at choosing
the correct casket, is not much better than the previous. As his name
suggests, the Prince is quite arrogant and vain. When he reads the
inscription on the gold casket, he comments that the 'many' men are most
likely those who "...choose by showe..."(2.9,27). He says he will not choose
the gold casket because he is not like everyone else; he is better than the
others are. He looks at he inscription on the silver casket: "'who
chooseth me shall get as much as he deserves'" (2,9,37). After reading
this he assumes that he deserves the best and chooses the silver casket.
The Prince opens the casket and finds a picture of a fool and a scroll that
read, "with one fool's head I came to woo/But I go away with two."(2.9, 78-
79). He received nothing, but a fool's head, which is all that he deserved
due to his cocky, self-involved attitude.