Merchant of Venice

themes and symbols are fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. explain and describe themes and symbols used by novalist.

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Prejudice- In this play, against the Jews.

Inhumane Treatment and Denigration- Shakespeare used the character of Shylock to represent how the philosophy of humanism can in fact be abusive to outsiders.

Revenge and Mercy- Shylock wishes to take revenge on Antonio (a symbol for all those prejudice against him), whereas Portia and the Duke try to counteract this wish by looking for mercy.


The Merchant of Venice