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Merchant of Venice Main Theme

  • Date Submitted: 02/27/2013 09:27 PM
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Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice was intended to be a comedic play but it revolves around racism and discrimination. In this play, the main theme is racism and discrimination. First, Racism is shown towards the Prince Of Morocco because of his skin color. Next, Portia is shown discrimination from her father by limiting her own choices on who to marry. Lastly, Religions such as Catholic and Jews who is Antonio and Shylock goes against each other. The theme, Racism and Discrimination is shown between The Prince of Morocco, Portia and Antonio and Shylock. All three situations revolve around their race, gender and religion.
The Prince of Morocco, a Moorish prince seeking Portia’s hand in marriage is shown racism from Portia and Nerissa. As Portia and Nerissa are discussing Portia’s will that was left by her father that whomever she marries it must be one of the suitors who will choose one from the three caskets. One of the suitors who is named Prince Morocco is shown racism by Portia. “If he have the condition of a saint and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me” (Shakespeare 1.2.124-126). Portia is saying that even if Morocco has a condition of a saint, she would rather confess to him rather than be his wife.   Another racist comment is shows towards Morocco coming from Portia once again. Before Morocco was choosing one of the caskets, he tells Portia that do not treat him unfair for his skin color. “Mislike me not for my complexion, the shadow’d livery of the burnish’d sun…” (Shakespeare 2.1.1-2). As Morocco clarifies to her that if he chooses the right casket, she must not neglect him because of his skin color. Morocco is shown racism from Portia and Nerissa by making comments about the color of his skin.
Portia, a young beautiful woman is shown discrimination from her father. Portia was left a will be her father that whoever she marries, it must be one of the suitors who while choose out of the three caskets. Portia feels...

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