Chandos and Droeshout portraits
In the Merchant Of Venice: Antonia describes the world as a place with great cultural diversities and the indifference in the religions of that time. He expresses this in the way he uses his words and also by dignifying all that surrounds him. His part (character) plays the part of a man who has achieved an almost aristocratic status. He had worked hard to have his own little empire. Antonia has played his role in the world so much so that his friends confide in him with there troubles and financial difficulties. like with most men in the world there will always be something just out of reach, be it love, money or friends. For Antonia it is love. He has portrayed compassion for his friend Bassiano putting his own worldly worries aside to give Bassiano what he longs for, he places himself into debt so his friend is able to find love. His role shows things that some men are unable to attain, that is love for your fellow human being, compassion for your friends, indifference in religion and your status, be it king or queen, rich or poor, aristocrat or pleb, smart or simple. Antonia gives all and takes little, is happy but sad judgemental and un-judgmental, In love with love and dignified, a merchant The Merchant Of Venice.