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The Merchant Of Venice - Antonio Antonio is a wealthy merchant in the city of Venice Although central to the play Antonio is portrayed by Shakespeare as an outcast It seems that Antonio is chronically depressed and is not involved in the social atmosphere that is thriving in Venice -In sooth I know not why I am so sadIt wearies me you say it wearies youBut how I caught it Found it or came by itWhat stuff tis made of whereof it is bornI am to learn1 Along with Shylock both men seem bitter and have difficulty in expressing their emotions On many occasions friends such as Salerio and Bassanio have questioned his sadness trying to find an explanation for their great unhappiness with themselves and with the world -Salerio But tell not me I know AntonioIs sad to think upon his merchandise2Antonio Believe me no I thank my fortune for itMy ventures are not in one bottom trustedNor to one place nor is my whole estateUpon the fortune of this present yearTherefore my m erchandise makes me not sad3Salanio Why then are you in love4Antonio Fie fie5 The mystery of Antonios sadness remains as he dismisses the prospect that his sadness is related to his ships or a lost love Uninterested in the world of suitors and marriage Antonio is left without his lifelong companion Bassanio after he travelled to Belmont to woo Portia Early in the play another side of Antonio is revealed Antonio is displayed as a hard cruel man although a Christian he displays hatred and contempt towards the Jewish race usurers and especially towards Shylock After kicking and spitting upon Shylock Antonio shows no remorse or sympathy for the man he has abused Antonio even goes to the point of saying that he would once more spit upon him and kick him like a stray dog -I
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