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This is an essay on the topic of religious presence in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

A Comraderie of Two Christians

By

Mandeep Sandhu

Expository Essay on

The merchant of Venice

English 10-1 IB, Per. 2

June 5, 2003

1168 Words

A Comraderie of Two Christians

In William Shakespeares romantic comedy, The Merchant of Venice, various themes are woven within the plot by the writers expertise. The real first theme noniced by galore(postnominal) readers is the theme of friendship. Though many friendship themes operate end-to-end the story, the most evident and important kinship is that of Antonio and Bassanio, the two Christian friends. The strong bond between the merchant and his friend is enabled more often than not through the personality of Antonio. Antonios friendly love towards Bassanio consists of care and respect. Similarly, the selfsame(prenominal) is shown from Bassanio, along with loyalty. Furthermore, Antonio demonstrates generosity, respect, and a certain degree of self-sacrifice towards his friend.

        Antonio has some(prenominal) care and respect for his friend Bassanio. At the beginning of the play, Antonio waits until all(a) of his friends are gone to inquire about Bassanios love. Well, spot me now, what gentlewoman is the same/ To whom you swore a secret pilgrimage/ That you today promisd to tell me of? (1, i, 119-121).

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The excerpt reveals how Antonio respects Bassanios privacy and wants to ensure that Bassanios intentions are unbroken concealed until he wants to disclose them. Moreover, through Salerio and Salanio, we learn that Antonio does not want Bassanio to quickly return from Belmont just for his sake:

He answerd, Do not so/ Slubber not business for my sake, Bassanio/ But stay the very riping of the time/ And for the Jews bond which he hath of me/ Let it not enter in your mind of love.../And even there, his eye being jumbo with tears/ Turning his face, he put his hand derriere him/ And with affection...

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