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The plot The main plot is centered on the bond which entitles Shylock to get a pound of Antonios flesh if Antonio is unable to repay his debt The two subplots provide also much enjoyment They are concerned with Portia trying to get married and Jessica Shylocks daughter eloping with Lorenzo The main plot uses events and dialogue to create an atmosphere of anxiety The quick tempo of interest play also helps to sustain readers interest The play start off with suspense when Antonio worries about the safety of his ships which he has invested much money He has no cash to lend Bassanio and has to borrow from Shylock Here Shakespeare uses contrast between Christians and Hews as well as loyalty and hate Antonio the Christian hates Jews and often abuses Shylock the Jew for lending money at high interest But he still does business with Shylock because he feels he has a duty to help his fellow Christian Bassanio If Antonio were not a loyal friend to Bassanio he would not have to borrow money from Shylock and the play would have to have a different plot Shylock makes no secret that he intends to carry out the terms of the bonds by which he gets a pound of Antonios human flesh if Antonio cannot pay back the debt at the end of three months The play reaches its turning point when Antonio loses all his ships and becomes bankrupt The Christians are shocked when Shylock actually demands his lawful pound of flesh from Antonio Shakespeare introduces this element of surprise to create tension making the play more interesting The trial brings the play to its climax Portia waits until the very moment Shylock is going to cut Antonios flesh to reveal the loophole she has discovered in the bond between them The bond allows Shylock to get a pound of
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