Mythological Criticism on "The Merchant of Venice".
Mythological Criticism can be used to connect a novel's themes, characters, or plot to legends and myths throughout history. In "The Merchant of Venice", religion, the three caskets, and the pound of flesh are the main ideas that can be used with mythological criticism to help show connections with other legends or stories that have a similar meaning.
The main connection in the novel portrays to the three caskets that Portia uses to
select her future husband. This symbolism can be connected to other myths and legends.
Sigmund Freud also connected "The Merchant of Venice" to the ageless tale of Gesta Romanorum. In this tale, a girl has to make the same choice to win the Emperor's son. In
"The Merchant of Venice", each casket had its own meaning, showing the personality of
each suitor. An example would be the Prince of Morocco, who chooses the gold casket.
The ego of the Prince does the choosing and the ego chooses the casket that completely
reflects the Prince's true personality.
Religion becomes a major factor in "The Merchant of Venice", and history has many
references to religion. Many novels and myths use religion as a characteristic or a conflict
in the plots, including Shakespeare's novel. The story of Jesus seems to be a popular
connection to "The Merchant of Venice". Knowing that Jesus was crucified by the Jews
because He claimed that He was the Son of God, the reader can better understand the
view coming from Shylock .The only problem that occurs is that most readers don't want
to include the reason that Shylock prosecutes Antonio because of his religion. In the play,
though, Shylock shows his displeasure of the Christian religion, and quoted as saying: "I
will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you,
... love seems equally easy to understand: it results first from Tybalt's hotheaded refusal to obey the Prince's command and second from accidents of timing beyond any human ability to foresee or control. Simple in its story line, clear in ...
... taken seriously. Racial prejudice is also hinted at in The Merchant of Venice. The Prince of Morocco, though elegant in both manner and dress, has a pomposity which perhaps stems from being a ...
... for Portia's hand in marriage, a competition set up by Portia's father. With love, tragedy, hate and comedy and realism "The Merchant of Venice" is ... be a very simple challenge at the beginning, with the Prince of Morroco, choosing the gold casket, but it then shocks the audience, by saying he was ...
"Shylock's Downfall". To what extent is Shylock responsible for his downfall in the play The Merchant Of Venice?
... The Merchant of Venice, is partially responsible for his downfall. The trickery of the Christians, the legal savvy of Portia and the highly technical nature of the ... . In one address a Shakespearian critic looks at the use of the law to justify the pound of flesh and concluded that Shylock has; "a ...
"Shylock's Downfall": Is Shylock responsible for his downfall in Shakespeare's play The Merchant Of Venice?
... factors affect his collapse and these issues are deeply rooted in the themes of The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is an unfortunate scapegoat of a city that ... was allowed to take a pound of his rival's flesh "In what part of your [Antonio] body pleaseth me [Shylock]." Portia pleads with Shylock to ...
... 257: "O Noble judge!" Shylock the Jew, through a careful examination of The Merchant of Venice, is found to be an enduring, magnanimous, forgiving, and law abiding citizen of Venice. As opposed to his typical role as the wicked blood thirsty ...
... greedy, and selfish can be similarly seen in a variety of other situations. For example, in The Merchant of Venice, Shylock tries to take a pound of Antonio's flesh just ... of the novel, despite being so early on in the text. From this ...
Identify the underlying theme in a Shakespearian play you have studied. Discuss the relevance of these themes in the context to the period and why they are still relevant today
... race issues are relevant is obscene, as it is obvious that the issue of religion and race in the Elizabethan period as portrayed through the 'Merchant of Venice' was as significant as is in today's established societies as the affairs ...