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In William Shakespeares play called The Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock a wealthy Jewish moneylender He is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeares excellent characterization of him He is depicted as a greedy man and he is obsessed with money Another important character is Bassanio he tries to borrow money from his close friend Antonio in order to marry a wealthy heiress Portia He also has emphasis on materialistic entities like outward beauty and wealth Therefore the play is mostly surrounds around materialistic issues and money On purpose Shakespeare creates his characters according to this issue for instance Shylock is the moneylender Antonio is the merchant and Portia is the wealthy heiress In this respect Venice is a suitable place where monetary issues are on the agenda so William Shakespeare deliberately chose this place in order to show the meaning of being generous and merciful These are the essential features of humanity which lose their meaning day by day For this reason in this paper the concept of generosity will be explored and its development will be analyzed throughout the play called The Merchant of Venice In the first scene Antonio displays the nature of love and friendsip he feels for Bassanio He is a close friend of Bassanio and he is prepared to do everything he could do for his beloved friend My purse my person my extremest means lie all unlocked to your occasions The generosity of a friend is portrayed by Shakespeare Moreover the generous merchant Antonio lends out money to people with no interest therefore this makes him more popular among Venetians On the other hand Shylock the Jewish moneylender lends out money to people with interest It should be noticed that Antonio has many more friends than the lonely moneylender This is evidently a theme in Scene I of Act iv Antonio has many supporters Bassanio offers to pay
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