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CULTURAL CRITICISM In Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare there is a lot of hate Antonio dislikes Shylock just because he is a Jew and Shylock hates Antonio because of the way he treats him and cause Antonio lends out money interest free A man named Bassanio goes to Antonio his best friend for money to go and pose as a rich man to win a woman named portias hand but all of Antonios money is on ships out at sea So Antonio goes to Shylock to borrow 3 thousand Ducats to give to Bassanio In return Shylock says he will give the money interest free but if he doesnt pay him back in three months he can have a pound of flesh from Antonio Resulting that the court rules he must take the pound of flesh without spilling one drop of blood So Antonio is released from his bond and Shylock must give up all his possessions In this story there are many differences in culture that lead to feelings of inferiority and superiority in our culture Which will be explained My first example of cultural criticism in the Merchant of Venice is the way Antonio hates Shylock just because he is a Jew He hates our sacred nation and he rails Even there where merchants do congregateact 1 Sc 3 p31 Signor Antonio many a time and oft you have rated me about my moneys and usancesAct 1 sc 3 p 35 Making him very ignorant just to disrespect someones way of life like that My next example of cultural criticism in this book is how women are considered inferior to men To be someone like a lawyer or a doctor you had to be a male cause it wasnt considered to be a womans line of work or in other words not good enough That they think
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