Merchant of Venice Characters (Antonio (Bassanio (Able to influence him…
Merchant of Venice Characters
Lends money without interest - usurps his business
Taunted and spat on by him
Blames his friends for his daughter's dissappearance
Love of wealth
Not primary motivation - passes up money in exchange for flesh
VILLAIN OR VICTIM?
Refusal to show mercy
Joy in revenge
More modern interpretation
A3 - Explanation of why he wants revenge
Does this justify his actions??
Was his punishment fair?
"Hath not a Jew eyes?"
"Thou call'dst me a dog before thou hadst a cause; / But since I am a dog, beware my fangs:" 3.3
"An oath, an oath! I have an oath in heaven; / Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?" 4.1
Originally a prize, takes power in Act 4
Obedient to father's wishes, but still questions and doubts them
Has to disguise self as man in order to save Antonio
Bassanio mentions how he would sacrifice her in order to save Antonio
Able to get ring off of Bassanio
Shows her as confident and clever
Love for Bassanio
Desire for power
POWERFUL OR POWERLESS?
Seems to control lots of the plot
Wealth = power
Confined to wishes of her father
Becomes husband's property
"Away then, I am locked in one of them. / If you do love me, you will find me out." 3.2
"O love, be moderate, allay they ecstasy," 3.2
(By Shylock) "A Daniel come to judgement! Yea, a Daniel! / O wise young judge, how I do honour thee!" 4.1
Play centres around his actions
Not often considered protagonist
Sad, but doesn't know why
Able to influence him
Travels to Venice immediately
Gives over ring
Borrows from him, despite mutual hatred
Has insulted him, spat on him etc.
Shows some mercy to him by not taking him property
Accepts his fate
"In sooth I know not why I am so sad." 1.1
(By Shylock) "You call be misbeliever, cut-throat dog, / And spit upon my Jewish garbedine," 1.3
(By Solanio) "...the good Antonio, the honest Antonio-" 3.1
Prince of Morocco :sparkles:
Prince of Aragon :second_place_medal:
Solanio & Salerio