An Analysis of the Religious Conflict of Monetary Self Interest Versus Love/Marriage in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare This drama study will analyze the religious conflict between monetary self-interest versus the issue of marital love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. The character Shylock is a Jewish character that is often represented as being monetarily greedy and having a great of self interested by giving the loan to Antonio, but he does find the value of love after he learns his daughter has sold a ring given to him by his wife. While the Christian characters, such as Antonio, are represented as charitable and interest-free loan provider, Bassanio only accepts his loan to marry Portia for her money. In...The end:
.....gh Leah’s ring. This breaks down the wrongful accusations against Jewish persons that they only value material objects over love. Also, Bassanio defies the Christian stereotype of charity and selfless giving by using Antonio and Portia to relieve himself of debt. The interchangeable conflict of Jewish and Christian values shows how these stereotypes of self-interest and marital love are often wrongful and without basis in the characters depicted in this play. References: Baker, W. (2005). The merchant of Venice. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group Bloom, H. (2000). William Shakespeare’s The merchant of Venice. New York: Chelsea House Publications. Shakespeare, W. (2009). The merchant of Venice. New York: Simon & Schuster.