History Theatre / TheMerchantOfVenice

19th Oct '17 11:25:05 PM JulianLapostat
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* CreateYourOwnVillain: Antonio and Shylock have been at loggerheads because Antonio made repeated anti-semitic remarks to him and mocked him for being greedy simply because he wasn't an irresponsible businessman like Antonio. This makes what should have been a mild grudge into a psychopathic obsession for Shylock:
--> '''Shylock''': "He hates out sacred nation, and he rails,\\
Even there where merchants most do congregate,\\
On me, my bargains, and my well-won thrift,\\
Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe\\
If I forgive him."



* GreedyJew: Shylock is perhaps the most famous example in existence. He craves money and property, but it's subverted when he refuses double repayment of the debt in favor of being able to carve a pound of flesh out of Antonio.

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* GreedyJew: Shylock is perhaps a TropeCodifier in the most famous example in existence. He craves money and property, western tradition. Within the play, Shylock is framed as a grudge-holding LoanShark by other characters but it's subverted clear that he hates Antonio because the latter is an open anti-semite who abused him even when Shylock did nothing to him. And he is so obsessed with revenge, that he refuses double repayment of the debt from Bassanio and Portia, in favor of being able to carve a pound of flesh out of Antonio.



* HeelFaceTurn: When given the opportunity to start anew as a Christian, a broken Shylock takes that opportunity at once.

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* HeelFaceTurn: When given the opportunity to start anew as a Christian, a broken Shylock takes that opportunity at once.once, though his final lines say that he wants to go home and that he isn't felling well, which suggests that he is quite reluctant about it.



* HollywoodLaw: A contract that gives you the right to murder another person is not enforceable by law. This was true in Elizabethan times as well.
** Subverted in that this is, in effect, how the contract is rendered moot at the end: Shylock may have his pound of flesh, but without shedding blood, and for having plotted to murder Antonio, he is subject to punishment.

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* HollywoodLaw: A contract that gives you the right to murder another person is not enforceable by law. This was true in Elizabethan times as well.
** Subverted
well. Of course the play is set in that this is, in effect, how Venice (the codes of theater forbade representation of the Elizabethan court system and other institutions). In the end, the contract is rendered moot at the end: moot: Shylock may have his pound of flesh, but without shedding blood, and for having plotted to murder Antonio, he is subject to punishment.



* MorallyBankruptBanker: Shylock.
6th Sep '17 1:02:42 PM fruitstripegum
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* AssholeVictim: Traditionally, Shylock. To modern audiences, often Antonio.



* AssholeVictim: Traditionally, Shylock. To modern audiences, often Antonio.
2nd Sep '17 2:20:27 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BittersweetEnding: In many adaptations, including the AlPacino film version. Almost everyone is married and happy, but Shylock has lost everything, both material and spiritual, and Antonio is alone, with his best friend married and living his own life. The film goes one step further and suggests that Shylock and Antonio are NotSoDifferent. Jessica often gets one of these, where it's hinted that she misses her father. Shylock's own ending is somewhat improved when you consider the ValuesDissonance (the play ''was'' written in the Elizabethan era, after all) and realize that Antonio was actually trying to ''save'' Shylock's soul when he asked the court to force Shylock to convert to Christianity.

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* BittersweetEnding: In many adaptations, including the AlPacino Creator/AlPacino film version. Almost everyone is married and happy, but Shylock has lost everything, both material and spiritual, and Antonio is alone, with his best friend married and living his own life. The film goes one step further and suggests that Shylock and Antonio are NotSoDifferent. Jessica often gets one of these, where it's hinted that she misses her father. Shylock's own ending is somewhat improved when you consider the ValuesDissonance (the play ''was'' written in the Elizabethan era, after all) and realize that Antonio was actually trying to ''save'' Shylock's soul when he asked the court to force Shylock to convert to Christianity.



* PragmaticAdaptation: The film version starring AlPacino as Shylock opens with a montage to illustrate how the Jewish community is appallingly mistreated enough for Shylock to want revenge.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The film version starring AlPacino Creator/AlPacino as Shylock opens with a montage to illustrate how the Jewish community is appallingly mistreated enough for Shylock to want revenge.
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.
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