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Mythological Criticism can be used to connect a novels themes characters or plot to legends and myths throughout history In The Merchant of Venice religion the three caskets and the pound of flesh are the main ideas that can be used with mythological criticism to help show connections with other legends or stories that have a similar meaning The main connection in the novel portrays to the three caskets that Portia uses to select her future husband This symbolism can be connected to other myths and legends Sigmund Freud also connected The Merchant of Venice to the ageless tale of Gesta Romanorum In this tale a girl has to make the same choice to win the Emperors son In The Merchant of Venice each casket had its own meaning showing the personality of each suitor An example would be the Prince of Morocco who chooses the gold casket The ego of the Prince does the choosing and the ego chooses the casket that completely reflects the Princes true personality Religion becomes a major factor in The Merchant of Venice and history has many references to religion Many novels and myths use religion as a characteristic or a conflict in the plots including Shakespeares novel The story of Jesus seems to be a popular connection to The Merchant of Venice Knowing that Jesus was crucified by the Jews because He claimed that He was the Son of God the reader can better understand the view coming from Shylock The only problem that occurs is that most readers dont want to include the reason that Shylock prosecutes Antonio because of his religion In the play though Shylock shows his displeasure of the Christian religion and quoted as saying I will buy with you sell with you talk with you walk with you and so following but I will not eat with you drink with you nor pray with you Iiii Shylock does not approve of
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