Merchant Of Venice Main Theme Essay

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Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice was intended to be a comedic play but it revolves around racism and discrimination. In this play, the main theme is racism and discrimination. First, Racism is shown towards the Prince Of Morocco because of his skin color. Next, Portia is shown discrimination from her father by limiting her own choices on who to marry. Lastly, Religions such as Catholic and Jews who is Antonio and Shylock goes against each other. The theme, Racism and Discrimination is shown between The Prince of Morocco, Portia and Antonio and Shylock. All three situations revolve around their race, gender and religion.
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Portia feels the she is very choked and hurt that she could not even choose her own husband:
“O me, the word “Choose” I may neither choose who I would nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father. Is it not hard, Nerissa, that I cannot choose one nor refuse none?” (Shakespeare 1.2.21-25)
Portia explains that she cannot even choose who she will marry whether she would like or dislike who will marry her. She is controlled by a will that is made by her dead father. Portia also shows that she accepts and agrees what her wishes for her marriage. “If I live to be as old as Sibylla, I will die as chaste as Diana, unless I be obtained by the manner of my father’s will” (Shakespeare 1.2.101-103) Portia accepts that if she marries someone, it must be according to her fathers rules or she will grow old as a witch, and die as being pure. Discrimination against Portia is shown by her fathers will.
Shylock and Antonio is shown to have religious hate against each other. Antonio goes to Shylock for he is a moneylender and a Jew and is asking for a loan of money. Once they both discuss the deal, Antonio argues that he is willing to spit on him, call him names, and to reject him also:
“I am as like to call thee so again, to spit on thee again, to spurn thee too.
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not. As to thy friends, for when did friendship take a breed for barren metal of his friend? But lend it rather to thine enemy; Who if he break, thou mayst with...

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