Prejudice and Stereotypes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
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"There is a lot of good material here that has the makings of a very good essay with a little tweaking. The thesis statement is a little unclear. Do the authors use the prejudices of some of their characters to raise awareness of stereotypes? Or do the authors' own prejudices compel them to create stereotypical characters? You mention Frankenstein in your intro paragraph, but there is nothing about the novel in the supporting paragraphs. The supporting paragraphs go into more detail about the plot than necessary. They start to feel like a summary rather than examples that support your thesis. For instance, what's important about the interactions between Bassanio and Antonio is that Bassanio's actions lead to Antonio's downfall. Delving too far into the specifics of the deal between them distracts the reader from the main idea of the essay. If you were to focus more on how these characters exemplify specific stereotypes, that could strengthen the essay considerably. Finally, watch out for sentence fragments and punctuation -- specifically, in some places a quotation mark appears at the end of a phrase that introduces a quote, rather than at the beginning of the quote."
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