A discussion of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, analyzing the genre of the literary work.
The Merchant of Venice In my opinion the play The Merchant of Venice is a tragic one which is discised as being comic. Many factors of this play are derived from the current voice of situation. The Merchant of Venice could be looked at as more tragic because of the negative intents from some of the characters in the play. Greed and deception are just a couple of the main features from where many of the decisions are derived. For example, revenge was an intent that Sylock had against for Antonio, only to say the least for, greed… Antonio is being a set victim for revenge because of his deception against Shylock, and also for prior intent to do. If The Merchant of Venice was to be looked at as more comic, the scenarios wouldn’t be taken as seriously as they should be. Infact I believe that The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare was officially intended to be so in both comic and tragic. In depth looking and observing The Merchant of Venice I have seen a small equivalency in the amount of comicness and tragedy in the play. I have come up with the conclusion that William Shakespeare was a great playwright and must have been an absolute genius to compose the great and wonderful things that he did. The Merchant of Venice is excellent in it’s way of describing the characters. The emotion is spread out thoroughly like warm butter on hot toast. The tragedy in The Merchant of Venice is believable and almost true in a sense of my opinion in relating to greed, human desire, and most important let not forget, anguish. Throughout The Merchant of Venice there are many strong feelings displayed through powerful lines of contemporary nature, to be truthful. William Shakespeare most likely wrote this play The Merchant of Venice to display how human greed could be so consuming to the soul of a person, which he did very well if I may say so. The spunk and enthusiasm of this play makes it engrossing to the reader or viewer and also keeps the audience engaged in what is going to happen next. The comicness is also brought out by each character by the necessary parameters to do so for the viewer or reader. The Merchant of Venice also states that supply and demand can vary depending on personal opinion and outlook from a single personal view on the subject. Deriving a picture from this play is extremely easy due the descriptive and emotional content of it. Greed in The Merchant of Venice is the most popular and looked upon subject in the whole entire play from where we are up to now in the class. In my opinion greed in a bad thing almost all of the time. There are always exceptions to everything. The reason why greed is so bad is because it turns you into a bad person, usually. If you live in a void of greed there is probably no hope you possibly wanting something just for the appreciation of it or something else. Through the eyes are some characters where they don’t even realize what greed is because they are constantly surrounded by it. In my personal opinion, I think that The Merchant of Venice is a decent play, but not as good as some of William Shakespeare’s other plays such as The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Othello. No matter which play written by William Shakespeare is looked at, it is classified as one of the greatest plays in history and written by the most well known playwright. The English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was the author of the most widely admired and influential body of literature by any individual in the history of Western civilization. His work consists of 36 plays, 154 sonnets, and 2 narrative poems. Knowledge of Shakespeare is derived from two sources: his works and those remains of legal and church records and contemporary allusions through which scholars can trace the external facts of his life. Shakespeare wrote his plays for performance, not publication, and apparently took no part in their printing. Nineteen plays appeared in individual quarto volumes before appearing in the First Folio. Some were printed from texts reconstructed from memory by the actors, whereas others were supplied to the printer by the company. Shakespeare’s indifference to publication creates problems in dating and establishing accurate texts for the plays. Through to the end of The Merchant of Venice, a final decision can be extracted fully to weather the play is more comic than tragic or vice versa. William Shakespeare is one who’s works will never be forgotten and will be taught to many generation to come in the later years.