what is the main message in the merchant of venice?:)

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This play explores a lot of themes regarding loyalty, faith, destiny, hope and humanity. It deals with controversial themes too, for example the injustices done to both Christians and Jews as is obvious by the speeches of Shylock. All of these themes combine to give the message that everyone write their own destiny and fair fortune befalls those who have a good heart and humanity in the face of all and any kind of adverse circumstances. This message can be made apparent by examples. Antonio miraculously escapes death due to his own goodness in helping Bassanio which leads to Portia rescuing him. Bassanio's love over comes destiny and he chooses the right box, and they all live happily in the end.

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