The Merchant of Venice and the Oresteia

Word Count/File Type: 1500 word minimum; 1800 word maximum. Microsoft Word file (.doc/.docx, etc) Description/Prompt: The plot of The Merchant of Venice dramatizes the troubled relationships between the three concepts that have structured our reading in the Human Event— the Law”—in a singular fashion.  Between the conflicting forms of love, life-and-death legal disputes, and terrifying depictions of racial violence, The Merchant of Venice is a maelstrom of philosophical and poetic questions about the keywords we have been studying all semester. For this assignment, you will select one of these three keywords, and one text, other than The Merchant of Venice, that you have not written about in essays one or two. Having selected your key concept and a text, respond to the following prompt. How does the understanding of the law developed in the text you select compare and contrast to the understanding of that concept developed in The Merchant of Venice? In answer, one might consider, for example, how the concept of agápē advanced in the gospels relates to the ideas of mercy that circulate in Merchant, or how the colonial forms of law imposed in A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies relate to the working of the law in Merchant. Talk about The Law  The Merchant of Venice – Pg. 141 – 171 Act. 4 Sc. 1 Oresteia – Pg. 137 Athena murdering her mom. Pg. 146 -147. Pg. 148 making the last vote. The court seen in both books – the similarities and differences

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