The Merchant Of Venice: Is It A Classic



One of the many elements that make up a classic, is that the book,
novel or play can be read in any generation, decade, century or in any part
of the globe at any time and have relevance to the reader. The themes of
this book should be universal, so that the reader can take something and
create a parallel to an event or situation in his or her own life. Although
The Merchant of Venice is not considered by many as Shakespeare's greatest
play, it still has elements that make it a classic. The Merchant of Venice
has many contemporary themes in it. In this essay I will provide you with
examples of themes that still hold true today, 401 (1597) years after
Shakespeare wrote this masterpiece. ...

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a man
and a woman, which are of course relevant to today's society. When one
looks deeply into these relationships, they would see parallels to the ones
of today. For instance, the concept that all three marriages will probably
not last, is a parallel to the number of divorces that are occurring today.
More and more divorces are happening and the increase from other years is
shocking! One of the main reasons why this is happening is that more people
are getting married too fast and leaving no time to realize that there are
not meant for each other. This is the same in two - and possibly three - of
the relationships. Gratiano and Nerrissa got married after knowing each
other for only several hours and Bassiano and Portia got marri ed before
they go to know each other (, but you can't fault Portia for this, for
strict policies were ordered onto her). Jessica and Lorenzo's marriage
might split for other reasons. The second relationship that is explored in
The Merchant of Venice is the ...

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