Religion, economics, role of women, critical disagreement in respect to race

Critical disagreement in respect to race

The character Shylock is criticized as a social outsider. The article criticizes the Europeans in their treatment of Non-Europeans. The play pokes fun at a Christian-European community that is condemning the usury economics while depending on its practice.

The issue of racism is touched in the article when Shylocks’ race is considered irrelevant to the audience of Shakespeare, who, he contends more concerned with religious practices and money lending business. The raceis seen as a crucial factor in the article. The Jews’ treatment by all cities in Europe is seen a way of enforcing power over all non-Europeans and all Europeans minor to local powers (pp, 108, para 4).

The bargain of Shylock with Antonio characterizes an effort to converse the association among those who have power and those who do not. The color is used to distinguish race in the play. Jessica is labeled as white skinned and thus noble in contrary to her father, Shylock, who is untrustworthy and dark-skinned.

“….Shylocks version, the patch is kind enough but a huge feeder……. Bassanio describing his poor finances, suggest bulk without sustenance………Antonio is reminding Solanioof strick commercial laws larments….” (pp, 93, para 1).

Jessica is white enough to be referred by some of the people as a “latent Christian.”This is a way of racializing the perception of what it entails to be a Jewish.

Kim F Hall has examined a brief reference in Act III to a black woman or “Moor,” whom Lorenzo says Launcelot impregnated her. Within these lines, Kim GF. Hall asserts, highlighting the preoccupation of English nation with protecting power and identity as a race, a matter that was of great concern to England Elizabethan, greatly involved as it was in the period of overseas commerce and colonization. (P 92, para. 2.)

The statement that such preconception against other colors and races was legally overlooked in England, but Shakespeare uses characterization and language to show the public Elizabethan real contempt for the discriminatory laws of the land. Sokol contends, for example, that Launcelot’s crude witticisms about the Moorish female.


The analysis of The Merchant of Venice as allegorical arguments concentrates on the religion of Shylock rather than his race. The trial incident when he, Shylock, is out maneuvered by Portia and is condemned and chastised for his unkindness stand for the victory of Christianity against Judaism (pp 98, para,2).

The play deliberately resonances the tale of the Prodigal Son concluding that this reference to the New Testament purposes clearly as a disapproval of one religion over another.

The composite and sometimes sarcastic “portrayals” of different fragments of the fabled between various characters—Old Gobbo and Launcelot, Shylock and Antonio, Shylock and Jessica, Antonio and Bassanio shows that there is no easy method of forgiving nor aspecific way to salvation.

The honest relationship between father and son, Old Gobbo and the prodigal Launcelot, shows a figurative one between Antonio and Shylock, and that the authority fight isoccurring between each coupling characters both the virtues and flaws of the ethical values of their period as well as of Shakespeare’s (pp 109, para 2).

The symbolic reading of the article especially observed in the comedies of Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice is full of disappointment sense, be it in friendship (Antonio and Bassanio), business dealings (Antonio and Shylock), or love (the partakers in the ring scene) and that in this extremely complex play, displeasure signifies humankind’s worldly situation as one in which faulty contentment is the only type conceivable (pp 88, para 2, 3).

Criticism race Renaissance Drama, and Economics

Hall concentrates on the Act lines of The Merchant of Venice description of impregnation of black lady by Launcelot. The brief description highlights a main theme of the article: the ethnic intermixing fear which happens when a state like Elizabethan England makes imperialistic in roads into other states (pp95, para 1, 2).

Shylock’s unwillingness to eat with the Christians demonstrates the panic of being subsumed by an antagonistic host.

The economic interactions with strangers Shylocks creates way for sexual and economic interactions with outsiders in Venice. Communal activities like marriage and eating resonates because of already existing penetrable boundaries in the economy of Venice. Unlike men, females are associated with a lot of wealth as shown when Lorenzo steals from Portia large fortune two thousand ducats. Jessica has a jewel laden. This is an evidence of wealthy disparity between men and women(p 95 para, 3)