Free download The Merchant of Venice è PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Free read The Merchant of Venice

Free download The Merchant of Venice è PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend Antonio who is forced to borrow from Shylock a Jewish moneThe terms of the loan agreement Shylock is able to demand a pound of Antonio's flesh Portia cleverly intervenes and all ends well except of course for Shyloc. The pretty islands of Venice in the shallow lagoon atop the blue Adriatic Sea as the blazing rays of the Sun shine down on the brilliant colors of the homes the calm canals full of boats with cargo from faraway lands a glorious past but an uncertain future the rise of Portugal worries the people The city once powerful a short distance from the Italian mainland vastly wealthy is in declineAntonio the most successful merchant in Venice and a gambler in commerce his ships float in the unpredictable oceans waves always bringing him back riches to the lucky man His cousin and best friend Bassanio not so much he has a bad habit of spending not only all his money but uite a lot not in his pockets a concept still popular in modern times As they say a friend in need is a friend indeed Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan but unfortunately his kinsman has everything tied up but wait a short while soon his ships will come in and Antonio will be richer than ever Bassanio can't there is a woman involved he needs plenty of ducats to impress the lady Portia who lives on shore Belmont that he is well off not a penniless seeker of gold through marriage to her Only the moneylender Shylock can do this Christians in the middle ages considered it unchristian getting interest from loaning money so intelligent Jews dominates this trade and did very well The wise Shylock who despises Antonio a rival and the merchant does not love him either will not have anything to do with the reckless Bassanio but Antonio that's different an excellent reputation in business 3000 ducats agreed to a contract signed by Antonio with a funny line about a pound of flesh taken from The Merchant of Venice if he can't repay back the loan with interest in three months Simple his ships have always brought back precious merchandise making huge profits much over the cost of his investments but the mammoth seas are exceedingly treacherous and unfeeling news arrives a shipwreck off Tripoli another in the English Channel others fall under the stormy waves never to be seen again sink in the cold waters to the unknown bottom of the abyss Antonio is ruined like his ships Shylock demands not his money but the pound of flesh from his hide even the Duke of the city is helpless a contract is a contract bad for business if not enforced His cousin has been better served by the gods married to the wealthy smart independently minded beautiful Portia but Antonio still needs a good lawyer now the hesitant Bassanio returns to Venice with his wife's support on their wedding day Nerissa Portia's maid married Gratiano her husband's friend the two secretly follow them to the city dressed as men Their new unperceptive maybe even vacuous husbands know not these gentlemenPortia a pretend attorney with whatever legal knowledge she acuires but an intellectual giant must save Antonio from an undoubted deathThe Jewish Shylock makes the best statement ever against racism If you prick us do we not bleed if you tickle us do we not laugh if you poison us do we not die

William Shakespeare Þ 5 Free download

S to his merchant friend Antonio who is forced to borrow from Shylock a Jewish moneylender When Antonio's business falters repayment becomes impossible and by. Although the most famous speech from this piece is deservedly and understandably Shylock's 'prick us' monologue I think that the useful speech to talk about what I felt about the play is Portia's only slightly less famous 'uality of mercy' speech in the court room scene The uality of mercy is not strain'dIt droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath it is twice blest;It blesseth him that gives and him that takes'Tis mightiest in the mightiest it becomesThe throned monarch better than his crown;His sceptre shows the force of temporal powerThe attribute to awe and majestyWherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;But mercy is above this sceptred sway;It is enthroned in the hearts of kingsIt is an attribute to God himself;And earthly power doth then show likest God'sWhen mercy seasons justice Therefore JewThough justice be thy plea consider thisThat in the course of justice none of usShould see salvation we do pray for mercy;And that same prayer doth teach us all to renderThe deeds of mercy I have spoke thus muchTo mitigate the justice of thy plea;Which if thou follow this strict court of VeniceMust needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant thereThat speech above is the reason why this play has received three starts instead of the five that it deserves for the brilliance of its rendering the writing the amazing commentary the bravery of putting it out there complication of its presentation and really everything else about it Actually let me be precise the fact that none of the characters in this play lived up to that speech is the reason is the reason for the three starsHere's the thing I did not like a single person in this play Not one It was an absolute chore to read this play and took much longer than it should have to get through the same reaction I have to reading Russian novels or George Bernard Shaw plays where the characters are mere mouthpieces and their sometimes jaw droppingly awful actions should be excused by their overall 'message' There were so many absolutely horrifying things going on in this play and not one plotline to redeem it or attach me to the story Not one Piles of racism nationalism religious preaching a Christ complex or two mildly offensive gender politics the whole thing was an absolute morass there's as always too much to deal with in a Shakespeare play to cover it all which is why I have chosen the uality of mercy speech and perhaps I'll be able to touch on everything spiraling out from thereNot one person in this play particularly stuck to the above defined idealized presentation of justice or mercy Nobody particularly deserved mercy either Shylock as subversive a condemnation of anti Semitism as he might be is forced to take his revenge too far for the sake of wrapping up the plotline so that the Jew doesn't win Antonio despite his surface presentation of goodness is a deeply cruel probably racist prick who plays the martyr as it benefits him and I have a deep suspicion gave to his friend Bassiano due to the fact that he is in love with him and so is selfish not selfless As for our supposed 'romantic' leads Bassiano is one selfish jerk who teaches the audience that its totally cool to cheat people and take advantage of people if you're young and hot Gratiano expresses his desire to lead a lynch mob and thinks going off on racist rants is fun and Lorenzo can't wait to spend the rest of his life lording his 'generosity' over what he believes will be his slavishly grateful Jewish wife As for the women Jessica cares for rising in the world out of her 'inferior' Jewish position than her father or really anything else and makes a sickening speech about how awesome her Jesus lovin' fiance is Nerissa starts off potentially interesting and winds up very uickly as a mere shadow and eventually literal echo of her employer like Shakespeare forgot what he put her there to begin with And as for Portia she's the only character in this play that I have a bit of a struggle with I do want to like her I certainly appreciate the fact that she starts off as independent as it is possible for her to be supposedly living her life in accordance with her dead daddy's wishes and yet her own mistress for what seems to have been a very long time She's smart witty uick and definitely not afraid to stick up for herself She pretends the submissive wife when her husband runs off five minutes after they get engaged pretending to go to a convent and instead goes on a cross dressing everyone saving adventure But here's my thing with Portia she is not merciful She's mean man I started to feel sorry for all those poor princes who show up to try to claim her hand I know they're just plot points and there to be made fun of but good God They're not people at all they're just countries being made fun of 'cause dumb national stereotypes are fun Shakespeare was in all likelihood playing to his audiences' nationalistic sympathies at the time the two Princes who actually appear are of Arragon and Morocco The English were not huge fans of Spain at the time given the current and past political situation and making fun of black people well why not The ones who are just talked about are Palatine French English and Neopolitan Princes all except for the English which is dealt with below countries I'm sure England was totally cool with them looking a bit ridiculousI did actually love the description of the English prince it was a humorous sharp commentary on English power and imperialism What say you then to Falconbridge the young baronof EnglandYou know I say nothing to him for he understandsnot me nor I him he hath neither Latin Frenchnor Italian and you will come into the court andswear that I have a poor pennyworth in the EnglishHe is a proper man's picture but alas who canconverse with a dumb show How oddly he is suitedI think he bought his doublet in Italy his roundhose in France his bonnet in Germany and hisbehavior every whereAnyway just another example of the cardboard people thing that helped to add up to a deeply unlikeable play even if the observations were funny and did help to set up Portia as a witty woman their other uses cannot be ignored The above is the nicest thing she has to say about anybody btw And after she gives an admittedly brilliant performance in the courtroom Shakespeare feels the need to end the play with her as the nagging scolding wife who deliberately sets her husband up to be caught 'Cause that's what the wimmens are like Just waiting to claw your eyes out at any opportunity dontcha know Also the action directly contradicted everything she had just said in the courtroom as it was exactly like or worse than what Shylock supposedly did to Antonio She spends this whole speech talking about how mercy does not mean keeping to the letter of the law and it means understanding human frailty and how mercy is better than justice etc etc and then literally two scenes later she's all but Bassianno you saaaaaaid and takes huge self righteous delight in ripping down the man she supposedly loves after setting him up to lose I suppose you can make the feminist argument that at least she doesn't give in totally to her man and she still reminds him constantly who is in control it is her money that allows Bassiano to put on a brave face in the courtroom it is her words that get him out of it it is her ring that shows him how close he can come to being tossed the fuck out Even if she can't do that once she's married she's made her point But I don't know if this is a positive stereotype of women than the woman who wilts into her husband immediately after her marriageAs for the anti Semitism in this play it is a delicate subject but I definitely come down on the side that Shakespeare meant this to be a subversive commentary on the popular views of the day If the 'prick us' speech didn't open that window the treatment of Shylock and how other characters talk about him throughout the play does Shakespeare gives his audience exactly what they want or what he believes they do and believe all while showing them why it is wrong every step of the way Even the way that Shylock is caught is absolutely wrong these Christians are as mentioned above worse than anything that Shylock could possibly have been even with the exaggerated traits given to him by Shakespeare His punishment is elegant and far cruel than just shooting him in the face would have been And it certainly does not have that uality of mercy whatever Antonio would like the audience to think Shakespeare's poignant rendering of the realities of life as a member of an inferior sect in domestic or world society and what those in positions of power feel entitled to do to you is both subtle and in your face and draws both laughter and anger at once Beyond brilliant reallyIn any case this is worth reading as a brilliant very brave social commentary as an interesting historical document and as a beautifully written treatise on a number of very touchy subjects It is absolutely worth the read and I will probably read parts of it again as I wrestle with what I feel about it but don't come in here looking for a story or for people for you will walk out uite disappointed I don't think this is a bad thing knowing the play's focus and limitations rather at least for me allows one a window into appreciating a hidden manic brilliance that might otherwise have remained hidden in the muck and sewer rotting garbage And such a want wit sadness makes of meThat I have much ado to know myselfAntonio's lines open the play I choose to read this as a disclaimer from Shakespeare perhaps a statement of his own mind in setting these sometimes ugly complicated thoughts to paper A plea to look under rocks and among the worms if we must to find the beautyDo It is worth it

Read & Download ò PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Þ William Shakespeare

The Merchant of VeniceIn this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turn. Maybe because I read this play with the famous controversy of its antisemitism on my mind or because I expected a true hearted villain “Iago fashion” in the Jewish usurer Skylock but I reached the last scene of the play with the extraordinary sensation that the Jew’s failure to execute the bloodthirsty bond was of an anecdote than a climatic victory over evilShakespeare’s precise wordplay presents a flesh and bone figure in Shylock a flawed human being a man who has been mocked and persecuted by his Christian antagonists and who seeks disproportionate revenge out of hurt pride and blind rage He is not wicked by nature; the Jew has a motive to retaliate either with or without the weight of morality on his side and that is precisely what makes him such a believable characterAnd then there is Portia Portia Oh Portia To me Portia is the great revelation of the play A beautiful orphan wealthy but not spoiled ready to follow his deceased father’s will and marry the man who sees beyond appearances A woman with passion and brains that outshines her dull peers by daring to break the rules and suspend her role as a subservient female in order to save the day Her transfiguration and disarming display of acumen in the court scene followed by the allegorical teasing of the ring played on her dumfounded new husband Bassanio is enough to place Portia among sassy heroines the caliber of Beatrice Kate or HermioneThere is nothing to miss in this first rate comedy the best I have read so far Fast paced bantering misused words over brimming with jocular double meaning a fool who is wise enough to choose the winning side three romances that culminate in a great party and metaphoric sagacity in the form of playful riddlesBeyond the literal plotline there is a universe of challenged beliefs where apparently righteous characters are not essentially good scheming misers are not outright scoundrels and damsels in distress mere objects of male protectionShakespeare flips the coin fast enough to confuse the casual reader but if one reads between the lines he’ll meet defiant nonconformity in its most elegant disguiseMore like this please