The Symbolic Significance of the ‘Ring-Plot’ in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

Authors

  • Shirin Saadullah Rasheed Department of English, College of Language, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
  • Kawa Osman Omar Department of Translation, College of Languages, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32410/huj-10244

Keywords:

Ring Plot, Thematic, Structural, Interconnect Test, Rhetoric, Wit, Scheme, Protagonist, the Trial, Selfhood, Individuality, Feminism, Verbal Power, Role-Playing, Disguise, Reform, Change, Personality

Abstract

     Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is a complex play. The play’s complexity, to a certain extent, is due to its multiple plots. Critics have mainly concentrated on the main plot, while a minor plot, especially the ‘Ring- Plot’ has not received so much attention.  Overall, the research investigates the significance of the ‘Ring Plot’ in the play: first, the extent such minor plot, structurally,  interconnects two other plots , namely, ‘the Trial’ and ‹Casket- Choosing’ plots,  and second; the extent such minor plot is thematically significant with regard to overall moral message of the play, and third; the extent the female protagonist’s verbal skill and her ‘role- playing’ contribute in changing and reforming male lover’s personality,  and finally; the extent the play’s minor plot reaffirms the female protagonist’s sense of individuality and her quest for selfhood

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Published

2019-09-16

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How to Cite

Rasheed, S. S. ., & Omar, K. O. . (2019). The Symbolic Significance of the ‘Ring-Plot’ in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Halabja University Journal, 4(3), 128-138. https://doi.org/10.32410/huj-10244

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