Merchant of Venice and Brazil

27 May

OMercadorVenezaThe Merchant of Venice is work most controversial and talked of Shakespeare done in the late 1500s, a period of discoveries and our view of the Renaissance decadence and early idealistic project of modernity, is also the period that Jews are expelled from England (1290-1655).


The merchant is therefore a typical caricature of the time, which sparked controversy and gave a major highlight of Shakespeare, is a villain, a Jew named Shylock, a type somewhat despicable, whose victim Christian Antonio, citizen successful Venice, which lends money to a bankrupt nobleman named Bassanio, who wants to marry Portia, a beautiful heiress who lives on the continent in Belmonte.


Antonio, however should get the loan with Shylock, owner of a fleet of ships, which is to place as collateral a pound of flesh.


His friend Antonio agrees to lend you the capital required for him to travel to Belmonte on the mainland, where he lives Portia. Antonio is a merchant, his fortune is invested in a fleet of merchant ships in foreign waters. Then he makes a loan from Shylock, a Jewish mercenary who agrees to lend the money since Antonio commit a pound of his own flesh as collateral. Bassanio comes Belmonte and learns that to win the hand of Portia will have to undergo a test involving three chests left by the girl’s father before he died.


Thanks to a trick of Portia he does well, but soon after the wedding comes the news that Antonio boats wrecked and he lost all his fortune, with his life now in the hands of Shylock. Bassanio then back to Venice as Portia architect a plan to save Antonio and Bassanio test the love for her.


The rich girl Portia are the national wealth, Anthony and his friend Bassanio are politicians to be in power stop living from the beautiful girl heritage, Shylock are corrupt businessmen and lobbyists who committed the national political system providing “services”.


In Brazilian parable Portia, can mean the people and justice, is a plan to test Bassanio, if your love for her is true, it means giving power to “love” his people.


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