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In this world of deceptive appearances motives and beliefs the ability to be able to understand the complexity of human beings is simply a not-so-common skill When William Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice he included characters which are neither good nor evil instead in order to make the play more realistic and create metaphors for real life situations Shakespeare created the characters with both positive and negative aspects as the same applies in real life In this essay the positive and negative aspects of Antonio Portia and Shylock will be discussed and the effect of these aspects on the total outcome of the play Shakespeare was successful in creating many complex characters in The Merchant of Venice although from my point of view Antonio is one of the less complex characters introduced in this play Antonio is a good and generous man who promises to pay shylock the money borrowed by Bassanio or else allow shylock to cut off a pound of his flesh This risk that Antonio is brave enough to take upon is a great example of Antonios devotion to Bassanio and his generosity to the person who Antonio loves the most in this play Although Antonios part in the play is rather a passive one he very much shows his hatred to Shylock the money-usurer Antonio simply does not comply with the Jews occupation and his religion and shows his hate towards Shylock He makes him To quit the fine for one half oh his goods He presently become a Christian The other that he do record a gift here in the court of all he dies possessed unto his son Lorenzo and his daughter Because of these Shylock is utterly defeated in the trial scene It is correct to observe that Antonio did not treat Shylock with respect or as a human being by plainly looking for his pure revenge on Shylock the person who nearly took his life
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