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A Comraderie of Two Christians By Mandeep Sandhu Expository Essay on The Merchant of Venice English 10-1 IB Per 2 June 5 2003 1168 Words A Comraderie of Two Christians In William Shakespeares romantic comedy The Merchant of Venice various themes are woven within the plot by the writers expertise The very first theme noticed by many readers is the theme of friendship Though many friendship themes operate throughout the story the most evident and important kinship is that of Antonio and Bassanio the two Christian friends The strong bond between the merchant and his friend is enabled mostly through the personality of Antonio Antonios friendly love towards Bassanio consists of care and respect Similarly the same is shown from Bassanio along with loyalty Furthermore Antonio demonstrates generosity respect and a certain degree of self-sacrifice towards his friend Antonio has much care and respect for his friend Bassanio At the beginning of the play Antonio waits until all of his friends are gone to inquire about Bassanios love Well tell me now what lady is the same To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage That you today promisd to tell me of 1 i 119-121 The excerpt reveals how Antonio respects Bassanios privacy and wants to ensure that Bassanios intentions are kept concealed until he wants to disclose them Moreover through Salerio and Salanio we learn that Antonio does not want Bassanio to quickly return from Belmont just for his sake He answerd Do not so Slubber not business for my sake Bassanio But stay the very riping of the time And for the Jews bond which he hath of me Let it not enter in your mind of loveAnd even there his eye being big with tears Turning his face he put his hand behind him And with affection wondrous sensible He wrung Bassanios hand and so they parted 2 viii 38-49 Antonios care and
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