History Theatre / TheMerchantOfVenice

7th Jul '17 1:23:12 PM Dragon101
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* UnbuiltTrope: It plays very much like one would expect a deconstruction of Panto tropes to. The villain is unpleasant and mean in all the ways you expect a panto-villain to be, but he's also the most put-upon character in the play: he begins the underdog and ends stripped of everything, his money, his daughter, even his religion. With the exception of his murderous intent all other characters treat him far worse than he treats them, and they largely hate him simply for being a Jew. Portia and Nerissa, the blushing brides, also reveal themselves as shameless racists.

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* UnbuiltTrope: It plays very much like one would expect a deconstruction of Panto tropes to. The villain is unpleasant and mean in all the ways you expect a panto-villain to be, but he's also the most put-upon character in the play: he begins the underdog and ends stripped of everything, his money, his daughter, even his religion. With the exception of his murderous intent all other characters treat him far worse than he treats them, and they largely hate him simply for being a Jew. Portia
* UngratefulBastard: Jessica not only runs away from home
and Nerissa, the blushing brides, abandons her father to a solitary life, she also reveal themselves as shameless racists.robs him of much of his money and to twist the knife further, sells a ring he gave her that belonged to his wife- her mother- for a ''monkey''. She somewhat implies that Shylock is a less-than-decent father and a greedy, boorish {{Jerkass}} she's glad to be gone from, but that's still a pretty heartless list of crimes to commit against anyone, let alone your own parent.
21st May '17 10:02:09 AM TheGreatConversation
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Lorenzo and Jessica are nearly a parody of Shakespeare's earlier Romeo and Juliet.
20th May '17 6:26:58 AM TheGreatConversation
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. Needless to say, he is--with a special pun on ''racked,'' as a string of shipwrecks (sometimes called ship''wracks'') is what undoes him.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. Needless to say, he is--with a special pun on ''racked,'' as a string of shipwrecks (sometimes called ship''wracks'') is what undoes him.
20th May '17 6:25:31 AM TheGreatConversation
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. Needless to say, he is--with a special pun on ''racked,'' as a string of shipwrecks (sometimes called ship''wracks'') is what undoes him.



** Bassanio: Ego
** Gratiano: Id

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** Bassanio: Ego
Ego. He drives both the plots and tends to be a little self-absorbed.
** Gratiano: IdId. He's known for not censoring his emotions when he speaks.



* MythologyGag: Lorenzo and Jessica's plotline approaches a downright parody of Shakespeare's earlier ''Romeo and Juliet''.

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* MythologyGag: Lorenzo and Jessica's plotline approaches a downright parody of Shakespeare's earlier ''Romeo ''{{Theatre/Romeo and Juliet''.Juliet}}''.



* ThePenance: If Antonio [[AmbiguouslyGay is indeed homosexual]], his eagerness for death could be due to guilt, either conscious or subconscious.



* RecursiveCrossdressing: Shakespeare was very fond of this trope.
** Male actors play women -- Portia and Nerissa -- who disguise themselves as men.
** Jessica also cross-dresses when she elopes with Lorenzo by disguising herself as his page.

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* RecursiveCrossdressing: Shakespeare was very fond of this trope.
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trope. Male actors play women -- Portia women--Portia, Nerissa, and Nerissa -- who Jessica--who disguise themselves as men.
** Jessica also cross-dresses when she elopes with Lorenzo by disguising herself as his page.
men.



** Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. Needless to say, he is--with a special pun on ''racked,'' as a string of shipwrecks (sometimes called ship''wracks'') is what undoes him.
18th May '17 10:40:46 PM TheGreatConversation
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* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. He is.



* StayInTheKitchen: Averted. Bassanio is actually pleased that Portia disguised herself as a lawyer to save his friend's life.


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* TemptingFate
** Antonio promises he will be "racked even to the uttermost" to assist in Bassanio's pursuit of Portia. Needless to say, he is--with a special pun on ''racked,'' as a string of shipwrecks (sometimes called ship''wracks'') is what undoes him.
** Antonio's general attitude while signing the flesh-bond.
--->'''Antonio:''' I will not forfeit it:\\
Within these two months, that's a month before\\
This bond expires, I do expect return\\
Of thrice three times the value of this bond.
** Bassanio at the beginning of the ring plot:
--->"when this ring / Parts from this finger, then parts life from hence: / O, then be bold to say Bassanio's dead!"
** During the trial scene: of ''course'' Shylock's impassioned declaration, "My deeds upon my head! I crave the law," comes back to bite him.
18th May '17 7:35:40 PM TheGreatConversation
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* {{Elopement}}: Jessica runs away from her father to marry Lorenzo.
18th May '17 2:41:16 PM TheGreatConversation
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[GetTheeToANunnery In Shakespeare's time]], the rings (and circles in general) were suggestive of female genitalia.
-->'''Portia:''' You were to blame, I must be plain with you,\\
To part so slightly with your wife's first gift:\\
A thing stuck on with oaths upon your finger\\
And so riveted with faith unto your flesh.
18th May '17 2:31:34 PM TheGreatConversation
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* DeusExMachina
** Subverted. The cast are at their wits end trying to save Antonio, then find out the amount owed is spare change for Portia... Then Shylock refuses ''triple'' the payment it because ItsPersonal.
** In-universe: When the laws of Venice are at a loss to save Antonio, a mysterious young lawyer suddenly appears and saves the day. The audience knows it's Portia, but the court sees it as miraculous.

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* DeusExMachina
** Subverted. The cast are at their wits end trying to save Antonio, then find out the amount owed is spare change for Portia... Then Shylock refuses ''triple'' the payment it because ItsPersonal.
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DeusExMachina: In-universe: When the laws of Venice are at a loss to save Antonio, a mysterious young lawyer suddenly appears and saves the day. The audience knows it's Portia, but the court sees it as miraculous.


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* JobTitle: Spoiler: it's about a merchant of Venice.
18th May '17 1:47:24 PM TheGreatConversation
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Starting from the line, "I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers," Antonio becomes bent on doing this.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: Starting from the line, "I'll follow him no more with bootless prayers," Antonio becomes bent on doing this. Unless, of course, [[DeathSeeker he secretly wants]] [[{{Unishment}} to pay the bond]].



* SweetPollyOliver:

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* SweetPollyOliver: SweetPollyOliver



* UsedToBeMoreSocial: According to Gratiano, Antonio was not always this melancholy. Indeed, he has a loyal following of friends and acquaintances who are just now beginning to get sick of his gloom.



* {{Unishment}}: It starts to seem that paying the flesh-bond (sacrificing himself for Bassanio) is exactly what Antonio wants. His extreme eagerness to hasten the trial and give Shylock his forfeit goes beyond GetItOverWith.

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* {{Unishment}}: It starts to seem that paying the flesh-bond (sacrificing himself for Bassanio) is [[DeathSeeker exactly what Antonio wants. wants]]. His extreme eagerness to hasten the trial and give Shylock his forfeit goes beyond FaceDeathWithDignity or GetItOverWith.
17th May '17 7:51:21 PM TheGreatConversation
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* BlindMistake: Old Gobbo, is half-blind. As a result, he fails to recognize his own son and then mistakes his son's hair for his beard.

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* BlindMistake: Old Gobbo, Gobbo is half-blind. As a result, he fails to recognize his own son and then mistakes his son's hair for his beard.



* Crossdresser: First Jessica, then Portia and Nerissa.

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* Crossdresser: {{Crossdresser}}: First Jessica, with some chagrin, then Portia and Nerissa.Nerissa, with less.



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The "merchant" figure was a common stock character of Shakespeare's day. He was one-dimensional and entirely preoccupied with his wealth and the jeapordy that wealth was inevitably placed in. In the first scene, Antonio is shown to be a deconstruction of this: he is not overly concerned with his fortune (though perhaps [[{{Foreshadowing}} he should be]]), but is melancholy for other, more complex reasons.

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: The "merchant" figure was a common stock character of Shakespeare's day. He was one-dimensional and entirely preoccupied with his wealth and the jeapordy jeopardy that wealth was inevitably placed in. In the first scene, Antonio is shown to be a deconstruction of this: he is not overly concerned with his fortune (though perhaps [[{{Foreshadowing}} he should be]]), but is melancholy for other, more complex reasons.



* DeusExMachina: Subverted. The cast are at their wits end trying to save Antonio, then find out the amount owed is spare change for Portia... Then Shylock refuses ''triple'' the payment it because ItsPersonal.
** In-universe: When the laws of Venice are at a loss to save Antonio, a mysterious young lawyer suddenly appears to save the day. The audience knows it's Portia, but the court sees it as miraculous.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: One of the most famous examples.

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* DeusExMachina: DeusExMachina
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Subverted. The cast are at their wits end trying to save Antonio, then find out the amount owed is spare change for Portia... Then Shylock refuses ''triple'' the payment it because ItsPersonal.
** In-universe: When the laws of Venice are at a loss to save Antonio, a mysterious young lawyer suddenly appears to save and saves the day. The audience knows it's Portia, but the court sees it as miraculous.
* DidYouThinkICantFeel: One of the most famous examples.examples:
-->'''Shylock:''' Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
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