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Irony of Mercy in The Merchant of Venice
|作者:||Tsao, Samuel Wen-pin
|關鍵字:||威尼斯商人;The Merchant of Venice;安東尼奧;巴薩尼歐;波爾夏;夏拉克;慈悲;錢;諷刺;Antonio;Bassanio;Portia;Shylock;Mercy;Money;Irony||出版社:||外國語文學系||摘要:||
This thesis provides an ironic point of view of looking at The Merchant of Venice, which people used to regard as a romantic comedy. Going through these ironic parts hidden in the play itself and the characters like Antonio, Bassanio, Portia, and Shylock, we may find that this play reveals some serious social issues: that Antonio may not be such a good man and he has a “strong” love for Bassanio, that Bassanio loves both money and Antonio more than he loves Portia, that Portia may be intelligent but never be merciful enough to speak for mercy, and that Shylock's being bad is only a reaction to what people have done to him and his miserable result makes this comedy not so comic at all, etc. These ironic parts make this play no more a simpler comedy, but, instead, they bring the readers more thoughts to think about, such as humanity and similarity between all these characters in this play and us, etc. They are only human beings like us, which means that they possess both good and bad qualities at the same time. There is no saint or perfect one in this play. Therefore, “mercy,” spoken by Portia in this play, turns out to be the biggest irony in this play and the word mercy should not be used as a method for punishment because no one, including them and the readers, has any right to decide it. It's up to God.
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