The Use Of Mirroring In The Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

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Shakespearean works are well known for their depth, symbolism and philosophical view upon different aspects of life. Mirroring is one of Shakespeare’s favorite tools. Mirroring is used to emphasize the contrast and show differences between the sides of the society and ways of living of the characters. The Merchant of Venice is no exception. Just like all other plays of Shakespeare it has many of antagonisms and it portrays the most important and hot conflicts that used to be popular at that time just as much as they are now. Exploring this multi dimensional play is exciting, because the more you think about it, the more hints and tints you discover. The play takes place in two main ...view middle of the document...

1.175). We can see that Bassanio is aiming at two birds with just one stone; he wants to solve all his financial problems by winning a rich woman at expense of his best friend.
Bassanio’s desire to receive both love and wealth with the help of Antonio lead us to the next conflict. The main confrontation of the play: Antonio against Shylock the usurer who also happens to be Jewish. The two men dislike each other strongly. Antonio does not approve of usury, and Shylock, in response, criticizes Christian people and their way of living and their arrogance towards his nation, and especially he hates Antonio because “in low simplicity he lends the money gratis” (1.3.37-38). Shylock has no friends in the play; even his own daughter will take his savings and escape with her Christian beloved. The usurer gets rejected by everyone because of his greed and selfishness (Janik 128). After his daughter’s escape Shylock becomes focused only on his hate towards Antonio and wants to take revenge by killing the Christian businessman. Shylock represents how business alters a personality and how earning money can become a dangerous obsession destroying people’s lives.
Meanwhile in dreamlike Belmont, Portia, tired of meeting dozens of potential future husbands, is mocking them secretly with her waiting-woman Nerissa. Portia’s late father was a man with good imagination; he has set a condition for the men who would want to marry Portia – they have to participate in a guessing game, the one who guesses correctly – will take Portia as a wife. Young heiress compares her life to a lottery, where she is the prize - “the lott’ry of my destiny bars me the right of voluntary choosing” (2.1.15-16). However, young Portia is far from being a naive maiden waiting for her destiny to find her. Her wealth is not the only thing she has inherited...

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