In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare reflects two important aspects of Elizabethan society: the corrupting influence of prosperity and the increasingly vengeful nature of Venetian justice.
He subtly hints that the power men posses is superficial when Jessica dresses like a boy, and later when Nerissa and Portia disguise themselves as men in The Merchant of Venice.
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Noble and Worthy Jessica?
While researching for this paper I reviewed numerous essays,
assessments, and commentaries concerning The Merchant of Venice.
One essay used the terms "noble" and "worthy" in relation to
Jessica. The author stated that "sometimes what they [the characters of the
play] 'sell out' for is worthy and shows them to be ( for
example)." The author goes on to say that Shylock's reasons for selling out
"seem ignoble." Those statements really got me thinking, so I strolled
over to my trusty to look up "noble" and "worthy."
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th edition)
The most common connotation of "noble," in my opinion, is a combination
of the first and third listings. While Jessica certainly fits the
second meaning listed of "noble" and the meaning of "worthy"
(financially anyway), I didn't see any proof of her being such an
outstanding person or "possessing very high or excellent qualities"
within the context of this play. She may very well be a wonderful
person, but I didn't see anything that would lead me to that conclusion
in the play itself. Let's look at the facts. Jessica robs her father
of all the jewels and money she can carry to marry Lorenzo. She casts
aside her religion as if it were an old hat. The only outstanding
quality I see is that she can do all this without the slightest remorse.
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In conclusion, I think that we have little reason to think Jessica
"noble" or "worthy." Shakespeare dedicated very little to her character
and what little he did offer in regards to her could be read in
conflicting manners (as I hope I have shown). Shylock was certainly not
the nicest of men, but we only saw a brief picture of his relationship
with his daughter. In that brief picture, I did not see a house of
"hell" or a cruel, abusive father. From what little proof we have of
this relationship, I think Shylock very well may have been the wronged
party and I see nothing "noble" in that.
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