ry 17, 2018 Dangerous Money Money is one of the most controlling things in the world. In the play, TheMerchant Of Venice, money plays a very controlling role. Money controls the destiny of several characters in The Merchant of Venice. The most affected characters are Antonio, Shylock, and Jessica. The Character who is most affected by money is Antonio. In the play, The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is almost killed because of a debt.
Antonio must get a loan for his friend Bassanio from a evil money loaner named Shylock and Antonio signs a contract that says if he does not give back the money he will have to give Shylock a pound of his flesh. When Antonio says, ” Content, in faith: I’ll Seal to such a bond,”(MV 1.2.167) he is agreeing to Shylock’s Bond saying he will receive a pound of his flesh. When Antonio says ,” And stand indebted, over and above,/ In love and in service to you evermore”(4.1.411-412) he is thanking Portia for saving his life. Close call.
Shylock is affected by his money throughout the book as well. In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock loves nothing more than money he even said he would rather have his daughter dead and have his money when he said,” I would my daughter were / dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear”(3.1.82-83) and his destiny is changed because his job is a money launderer and all his money was taken by his daughter and if Shylock has no money to loan, he can’t make any money. Thankfully he had people who owed him money, so he could recollect a small bit of it.
Jessica’s life is gets flipped upside down by money. If she hadn’t taken all the money from her father she wouldn’t be able to move out with Lorenzo because when they left they had to buy lots of stuff like a monkey. “Here, catch this casket;it is worth the pains”(2.6.34) said Jessica after she stole all of Shylock’s money and was passing it to Lorenzo.
Jessica is one of the only people in the play where money changes their destiny for the good. Most other people have money take a bad impact on their destiny. All of these characters- Antonio,Shylock and Jessica’s destinies are controlled by money in The Merchant of Venice. Without money this play wouldn’t have been as interesting.
Never get too attached to your money. Works CitedShakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Ed.
Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press.