Sept 3, 2014
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice is a play written by Shakespeare, the most influential writer in history. The Merchant of Venice is about a variety of relationships: “Father-daughter; husband-wife; male friends; female friends; money lender-borrower; and Christian-Jew.” The relationship explored in this essay is the father-daughter relationship of Shylock and Jessica.
Shylock is a Jewish moneylender in Venice, and he is so immersed in the business that he neglects his daughter Jessica. Shylock despises Christians, because of the mistreatment he suffered at their hands, and he encourages Jessica to do the same. Jessica is very different from her father. She is in ...view middle of the document...
48). When he receives information that his daughter has runaway to elope with Lorenzo and is going to convert to Christianity, he gets angry. Shylock does not express remorse or guilt for the way he treated his daughter or even concern for her wellbeing and safety. All he cares about is that she took his ducats and jewels and prized possessions and eloped with a Christian boy.
Shylock is a very angry man filled with so much loathing and resentment that he can’t pose as a worthy father figure to his one and only daughter. Instead he drives her away because he doesn’t show love towards her. He seems to take her for granted. Shylock shows not affection, trust, nor love towards Jessica. A good father makes time for his children, becomes a good role model, treat the children with respect, admit their mistakes, accept his children’s mistake, and shower them with love and affection. A good father allows his children the freedom to make their own choices despite the mistakes they might make. A good father overall makes sure his children know that they are loved. Shylock never did any of these things He limited Jessica’s choices and he didn’t show her love and affection. All he showed Jessica was his disdain and vengeance for Christians. It was his pursuit of revenge and inability to show mercy that lead to his downfall.
Sept 3, 2014
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen is one of the most revered and beloved author from the nineteenth century. She is however most famous for her book Pride and Prejudice. She wrote Pride and Prejudice to highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Jane Austen and her book is widely known and loved by many except Charlotte Bronte. “She felt that Jane Austen didn’t write about her characters’ hearts.” Austen’s treatment of her characters’ feelings is not superficial, but instead profound. Although the passion is there, it is governed, but that is to be expected due to the time era. I do no believe that Charlotte Bronte’s criticism is accurate and may have been written with bias in regard to the occasion and circumstances of her response.
Bronte’s Criticism of Jane Austen’s works aroused from George Henry Lewes’s criticism of her newly published book. “He incurred Charlotte Bronte’s wrath by intimating, after the publication of Jane Eyre, that she might profit by writing less melodramatically, and gave her Jane Austen as an exemplar and inspiration” (jfwakefield). Bronte replies:
Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point…I had not seen Pride and Prejudice until I read that sentence of yours, and then I got the book. And what do I find? An accurate daguerreotyped portrait of a commonplace face; a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers; but no glance of a bright, vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck. I should hardly like to live...