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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Introduction

William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. He was born in
Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was educated at Stratford grammar school.
Shakespeare was a poet who wrote plays, so he always tried to write
his verse or prose in ways that would have the greatest dramatic
impact. This is the reason why his language isn't like everyday
speech.

Shakespeare's "The merchant of Venice" was written and first performed
in about 1597 and was performed at the theatre in London, this means
that the structure of the grammar, the vocabulary and the style of
dialogue have changed considerably compared to the present. The words
that cause us the most problems are those that have changed such as:

1. Cozen as in cheat.

2. Peize as in slow down

3. Eche as in add to

All this creates a difficulty with regard to understanding the meaning
of the play and makes it hard not to use the storyline.

In Shakespeare's time, people were more prepared to listen to longer
speeches than we are now. We not only have less patience to listen but
we require information quickly and visually.

The globe theatre also known as Shakespeare globe theatre was not only
the famous playhouse of all time, but also the playhouse where
Shakespeare performed many of his greatest play.

Do I think Shylock is a victim or a villain?

The play is set in Venice, a place in Italy. The whole play is about
hate, love, justice and mercy. Antonio and shylock because of the
conflict between a Christian towards a Jew play the reason why it is
about hate. Shylock hates Christians because he tells us i...


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...tim because his own daughter Jessica betrays
him. Jessica broke the 10 commandments by disobeying her father. She
did not realise that when she was born, it was shylock that raised her
since from childhood because her mother died. The main reason why I
think shylock is a victim is because everyone in the play lives
happily ever after in the play besides shylock, his own friend Tubal
also left him.

He wanted justice because of the way he was being treated by the
Christians. Antonio and everyone humiliated him a lot. The part when
he wanted the pond of flesh was actually agreed with Antonio. If it
was not agreed then that would have been a different thing but it was
agreed. So he deserved it. Instead of justice, he lost everything. He
lost his daughter, friend, wealth and also religion. It was not fair
for shylock!


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