Prejudice in the merchant of venice essays
His perceived anti-semitism in The Merchant of Venice depicts the Elizabethan perception of Jews, a people who were truly foreign to them in both appearance and demeanor. Most of the women in The Merchant of Venice, true to the Elizabethan time period, are little more than an attractive presence.
In desperation, Portia disguises herself as a lawyer and arrives in Venice with her clerk Nerissa to argue the case. The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his friend, Bassanio.
If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? The recent criminal trial and subsequent not guilty verdict in the O.