Jason DebboMrs. K. MartinENG1D1-01January 17, 2018Insert creative title hereSometimes small things have big effects. In the play The Merchant of Venice this happens several different times. Several minor characters add to the suspense or action in the play The Merchant of Venice. Three of these characters are Jessica, Salerio, and Tubal. Salerio is an informative character in the play The Merchant of Venice, but he adds a lot to the story. Salerio tells us one of the most important things in the play when he says,”Why, yet it lives unchecked that Antonio hath / a ship of rich lading wrecked on the narrow seas.
” (MV 3.1.2-3). Salerio is saying that one of Antonio’s ship might’ve sunk which puts tension on Antonio because if his ships don’t return he could get a pound of flesh cut off.Shylock’s daughter Jessica is another very important character in The Merchant of Venice.
Jessica adds a lot of suspense to the play when she elopes with Lorenzo and steals all of Shylock’s money. In the play, Shylock says,” A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt… I never felt it till now.
” (3.1.77-80). This is adding suspense and tension to the loan between Antonio and Shylock because he now wants the money back to pay for all the money Jessica stole from him, but it is specifically making Shylock very angry. Shylock’s friend Tubal is a very minor character in The Merchant Of Venice. Tubal is a wealthy Jew who adds suspense by telling Shylock a rumor about one of Antonio’s ships. While Shylock is complaining about his luck, Tubal says, ” Yes, other men have ill luck too. Antonio, as I heard / in Genoa—.
“(3.1.90-91). “/ Hath an argosy cast away coming from Tripolis.” (3.1.93) “I spoke with some of the sailors that escaped from the wreck.” (3.
1.95) Tubal is adding suspense to the book because he is backing up Salerio’s earlier statement. Tubal’s quotes are making Shylock hopeful that Antonio won’t be able to pay off his bond. While Shylock is really happy to hear that Antonio’s ships have wrecked, the conversation changes and Tubal says,”Your daughter spent in Genoa, as I heard, one night, / fourscore ducats.” (3.1.99-100) This makes Shylock even angrier and more hopeful that Antonio won’t be able to pay back the loan.
Jessica, Salerio, and Tubal were all minor characters in The Merchant Of Venice, but all of these characters added suspense or action in some way or another. All of these characters were important to the play.Works CitedShakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice. Ed. Barbara A.
Mowat and Paul Wernstein. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992.