The Merchant of Venice

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Law in The Merchant of Venice

The works of William Shakespeare have always been the most favorite of the readers. His works are not just written in beautiful and poetic language, but touches different problems, actual in every period. Shakespeare’s works are full of sense and poetry; they are able to evoke deep feelings and make consider our life from different perspectives. The present paper is devoted to the discussion of The Merchant of Venice and the problem of law and justice that Shakespeare discusses in it. The Merchant of Venice is one the most famous Shakespearian works, where the theme of law is carefully discussed and it seen through the whole play, either implicitly oк openly. The merchant of Venice is of course, clearly “legal” in content. Virtually this play is tangentially concerned with certain aspect of the law and in the play; Shakespeare uses complex legal jargon and vocabulary to elicit a laugh. This play is closely connected with the theme of law, and it is not surprising that the interdisciplinary learning of law and Shakespeare has grown into a completely recognized field, with main law schools offering the advanced degrees. The Merchant of Venice “ is the first play that evoked so lively discussions among the lawyers more than any other Shakespeare play. It is possible to find a discussion of each legal concept discussed in the play, a detailed legal analysis of the trial scene, presented in Act IV and even an invented appellate strategy on behalf of Shylock (Kornstein 14). In order to understand the play and be able to criticize it, one should be knowledgeable enough in law. The connection between Shakespeare and the law is not new; and even a casual examination of the literature can show that to understand the literary of Shakespeare, one should have good legal discourse. The…...

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