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Why Merchant of Venice is called a Romantic Comedy?

Why Merchant of Venice is called a Romantic Comedy?

Merchant of Venice is one of the most popular romantic comedies. It is a comedy since it embodies the theme: no one dies and there is a happy ending to the play. Though it has some dark moments as it develops, there are humorous moments that intersperse the play. Shakespeare’s comedies have a certain pattern that is well defined. He gives a conflict and the characters solve it in a classical way that carries the reader to the end. The hero in the Merchant of Venice is Antonio and the villain is Shylock. However, none of them are within the...

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Why is Antonio sad in act 1?

Why is Antonio sad in act 1?

From the onset of the play, Antonio is not displayed as a jovial character. He is portrayed as one who has melancholic moods. Though some scholars do not express their reason that makes him sad, Antonio does not seem to know either why he is sad. He says in his poem that he does not know why he is sad but it wears him down. In scene 1, his friends, Salanio and Salarino, indicate that he is depressed and angry due to the business of his ships which seems to be going down the drain. Antonio is shown as a...

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Swimming Laws in Venice

Swimming Laws in Venice

You have swum in many other places and Venice is not an exception for you to attempt especially if you are a visitor. The question everyone asks is this: “Am I allowed to swim in the canals of Venice or in any other place across Venice?” The answer to this and many more questions about swimming in Venice is: No. Read on this article to know why you should not engage in swimming in Venice or in any water body within the city. You will discover the regulations and rules that govern swimming in Venice. However, though the rules are...

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6 Excellent Pizza Spots in Venice That Italians also Love

6 Excellent Pizza Spots in Venice That Italians also Love

Of course, the legend tells that Pizza was actually born in Italy, so every city within this beautiful country has a lot of heritage related to Pizza and a very high standard to maintain. After all, every tourist that sets foot on the country is expecting to have their minds blown by an original Italian Pizza, the good news is that there are plenty of spots where that can happen throughout Italy and in Venice in particular. What follows is just a list, it is not exhaustive and it is definitively not a ranking since eventually, everything boils down to...

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Important Scenes in Merchant of Venice

Important Scenes in Merchant of Venice

Act 1, scene 1: Antonio accepts to be a guarantor of Bassanio A well-established merchant of Venice, Antonio, cannot find words to express how sad he feels to his friends. His friends tell him that he has to either love getting worried or be in business. Basssanio arrives in the company of Gratiano and Lorenzo, and he (Bassanio) requests for some money from Antonio. Bassanio says that the purpose of the money is to woo Portia, a filthy rich heiress lady from Belmont. Since Antonio has invested all money in the shipping business, he has no liquid cash to give...

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