merchant of venice comedy or tragedy and ways to argue choose

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Classifying The Merchant of Venice: The Merchant of Venice is a troublesome play to classify in the usual Shakespearean categories of comedy, history, or tragedy. Though it ends with several marriages, and therefore matches the usual pattern of a comedy, it also contains some very dark and problematic elements, such as Shylock's essentially forced conversion to Christianity. How do you think that we should view this play? Is it really a comedy? Is there any way to argue that it is a tragedy? Be sure to clearly define your understanding of tragedy and comedy

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The Merchant of Venice: Tragedy
INTRODUCTION
Writers often use comedy or tragedy while writing to help communicate the intended
message and one can tell the intent of the writer from the flow, and turn of events in the
written material. When using comedy, the writer gives a humorous story, which has a happy
conclusion. In tragedy, the story is grim, and it ends with a sad note (John, p21). In the
process of writing, the author will use different characters in the play, and their actions to
bring out these elements within the play. The “Merchant of Venice,” hard as ...

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