Salerio and Solanio are the storytellers in The Merchant of Venice.

In the “Merchant of Venice,” “a Christian ethic of generosity, love, and risk-taking friendship is set in pointed contrast with a non-Christian ethic that is seen, from a Christian point of view, as grudging, resentful, and self-calculating.” (Bevington, pg....

One of the main characters in the play is a cunning Jewish moneylender named Shylock.
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Found it, or came by it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn:"1 Along with Shylock, both men seem bitter and have difficulty in expressing their emotions....

The Merchant of Venice has elements that make it a classic.

"The Merchant of Venice" is a play about revenge, justice, deseption and friendship.
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However, when Shakespeare created Shylock, he did not insert him in as a purely flat character, consumed only with the villainy of his plot.

Is The Merchant of Venice a tragedy or comedy?…Merchant …

Person, Jr., editors, (Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1991), volume 4

Shakespeare, William, The Merchant of Venice

Traversi, D.A., 1968, from Shakespeare Criticism, Sandra L.

The play "The Merchant of Venice" is described as …

Siemon opens his essay on The with the following statement: "The Merchant of Venice is the first of Shakespeare's comedies to attempt a full-scale depiction of evil.17" Indeed, evil is a major theme of the play, and certainly one of the most profound characteristics of Shylock.

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New Testament While the conflict between justice and mercy plays a key role in determining the outcome of The Merchant of Venice, this conflict is even more important because it provides a setting for the contrast between the rigid law and rules of the Old Testament and the concepts of mercy and forgiveness as taught by Christ in the New Testament.

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Traversi characterizes Shylock's personality as being full of "blind spots," basic human limitations, that when persisted in, "make a balanced human life unattainable12." The evil Shylock commits is further compounded by the helplessness of Antonio's situation.

Shakespeare at Hawken: Shylock: Villain or Victim?

Throughout "The Merchant of Venice" Shylock is portrayed as menacing, inhumane and slightly eccentric, yet at times misunderstood and induces sympathy from the reader....