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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice


By the end of Act 4 scene 1, my view of Shylock is a man who wishes to
get revenge at society by trying to take the flesh of a Venetian
merchant because of the prejudices that are thrown at him. Shylock is
a rich Jewish moneylender and a widow whose daughter has eloped with a
Christian, Lancelot. Shylock is treated with the lowest kind of
integrity and respect in Venice this was normal for Jews in the
Victorian period since most of Europe was greatly Anti- Semis-tic.

Shakespeare first introduces Antonio then Shylock, in Act 1 scene 1
Antonio is presented as a rich merchant who is a kind and loyal
friend, as he has no money, Antonio goes to his enemy to retrieve some
money, just for the matter of Bassanio to woe the heiress Portia who
is in Belmont. From this, the audience perceives Antonio as a decent
man with a positive and compassionate character. In Act 1 Scene 3,
Antonio and Bassanio go to Shylock. When Shylock has seen that Antonio
has come to borrow money, he takes advantage of the situation.
Firstly, he does this by taunting Antonio about not charging interest
when giving out money. Shylock does this by taking the story Jacob and
his sheep out of the bible. The second way he does this is by
reminding Antonio of the inhuman way he was treated through him, by
stating, "You call me a misbeliever, a cut throat dog and spit upon my
Jewish gabardine". This of course enrages Shylock, as it is insulting
as well as humiliating. Antonio responds in a scornful and
condescending behaviour to Shylock. The audience see Antonio in a
different light as any decent person would apologis...


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... the Venetian law was put their not
to benefit Jews but Venetians. Instead of Shylock asking for a pound
of flesh he should have thought about turning Antonio into a Jew as
then Antonio would have seen how thee prejudices of society affects
the turn out of a person such as Shylock. Shakespeare uses contrast in
Shylock's behavior as one time the audience views Shylock as a
intelligent worthy man who is only driven by his anger and injustice
while the other time the audience views him as a vindictive man hungry
for revenge. There is great controversy if Shylock is a villain or
victim. But in my view o see him a villain who has come to his own
destruction and nevertheless is blinded by his revenge in turn leaving
him lonely. However I see Shylock as a man only craving to be
respected and happy to get on with his own life.


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