The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

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What do you learn about love in this play? Plese give me a long answer if its possible! thank you!

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One thing we might learn about love from Shakespeare's play is that there are many differenty levels to the act of love. First, there is Shylock who at first appears to love his daughter. However, when she shames him by running away with a Christian, Shylock's love for Jessica is quickly stripped away, even more so when he discovers that she has taken his money with him. At this point, readers might question which Shylock loves more: his daughter or his money.

Bassanio's love is also rather shallow. He claims love for Antonio, but one wonders if this too is based on money. After all, Antonio lends Bassanio money whenever he asks for it. Bassanio's initial attraction to Portia is also based on money. Whether he overcomes...

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