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Religious Allusions in The Merchant of Venice

Summary: People in Shakespeare's era based their anti-Semitism on religious grounds and there are many religious allusions made in The Merchant of Venice. Read any of the four gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and comment on how your understanding of these allusions and the gospel helped you to appreciate the play better. You may make close references to the text to support your stand. William Shakespeare.
I have never have never been a Christian, and before this assignment was given to me, never touched a Bible before. However, reading the gospel John has helped in my understanding of The Merchant of Venice very much. Through the Bible, I have been able to compare the themes and characters present in both texts, thus enhancing my appreciation of The Merchant of Venice.

Characters

One of the similarities that struck me was the `resemblance' of Jesus and Shylock. At first sight, these two characters seem to be worlds apart, one being a saintly and merciful Son of God, while the latter being a miserly moneylender and a Jew. However, as I prodded deeper into both texts, I astonished myself at the great similitude of the two.

Firstly, at the start of the gospel, Jesus was not accepted by His own people, as...

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