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Who is the real hero in The Merchant of Venice?

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dsdeepak12380 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM via web

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Who is the real hero in The Merchant of Venice?

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mchristel | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 1, 2013 at 12:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The term "hero" is a really slippery concept. "Hero" can mean the "protagonist" of the play.  A protagonist in the main character who changes, traditionally in a positive way, as a result of the conflict that he or she faces and is able to resolve. A hero also can be see as a virtuous character who is able to do some kind of good not only for him/her self but for someone else as well. There are "comic heroes" and "tragic heroes."

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