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Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? - In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “The Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare] 862 words
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Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? - In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “A Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: A Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare] 860 words
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Shylock: A Villain or a Victim? - ... The Duke calls Shylock an “inhumane wretch” (4.1.4), but has no knowledge of the situation. The court session has just begun and no details of the situation have been released, yet the Duke discriminates Shylock already. At this point in the play, the Duke only knows that Shylock is Jewish, therefore he is only discriminating Shylock because he is Jewish. The Duke’s plea for mercy from Shylock during court also has hints of racism, such as line 36 in Act 4, Scene 1 “We all expect a gentle answer, Jew”....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice] 829 words
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Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice is a story about man seeking justice for the forfeiture of his bond. Shylock the Jew created a bond loaning three thousand ducats to his rival Antonio. In the event that the loan could not be paid back, Shylock was entitled to a “pound of flesh from the breast” of Antonio. Antonio’s invested the money in his merchant ships hoping to gain profit. Unfortunately he loses his ships at sea, losing everything Shylock had loaned him. Shylock happily takes Antonio to court in hopes of receiving that pound of flesh as a result of the forfeiture of his bond....   [tags: shylock, justice, antonio]
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Shylock: Villain or Victim? - ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play set in Italy in the late 16th Century, written by William Shakespeare. One of the main characters in the play is a cunning Jewish moneylender named Shylock. Shylock is part of a race that was discriminated against, despised and hated for their religion. In the beginning of the play Shylock makes an unsettling bond with a well-known, good and generous man named Antonio. Shylock has always had a grudge against Antonio because he is trusting; he lends money without interest, taking away Shylock’s business....   [tags: The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare] 1029 words
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The Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? - In this essay I will try to discover is Shylock a villain or a victim, in the William Shakespeare play “The Merchant of Venice” It is difficult to say if Shylock is a complete villain or a victim, as his character is complex and ambiguous. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare has purposely portrayed Shylock as a stereotypical Jew, greedy, and obsessed with money....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 862 words
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Shylock: A Ruthless Villain or a Persecuted Victim. - ... This then makes the audience lose all or most of the sympathy they had for Shylock, thus making him look like a villain. In Act 2 Scene 3 Shylock is portrayed as being a victim because Jessica who is Shylocks daughter upset because a “heinous sin is it in me, to be ashamed to be my father’s child!” “Heinous” and “sin” have connotations of religious guilt and effectively convey to the audience how upset Jessica is to be her fathers child, ashamed of her own blood and this also causes the audience to sympathise with Shylock because he has a daughter who is disappointed and unhappy with him....   [tags: Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice] 1171 words
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The Roles of Portia and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - Stereotypes for every different religion, ethnicity, culture, and gender exist among the minds of the human race. These typecasts have ruled this world for as long as there has been diversity among people. In Shakespeare’s comedic tragedy, The Merchant of Venice, one prejudice is very central to the theme. The play is dominantly set in Venice, one of the most liberal cities of the Renaissance era. In this place and time period, anti-Semitism is very much in force. The Jewish people are discriminated against and treated terribly by the Christians living in Venice....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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The Merchant of Venice - Comparison and Contrast of Shylock and Claudius Introduction This essay looks into the lives of Shylock and Antonio. These are two of Shakespearean antagonists of all time. They are alike in more ways than one. Shylock in Merchant of Venice is a Jewish moneylender based in Venice. He has been tormented and repressed mainly by the Christian population. One finds it easy to sympathize with him mainly because he has his own reasons to be loathing, greedy, and miserly. This ends up making the entire ‘Merchant of Venice’ bittersweet....   [tags: Shakespeare, Play Analysis, Shylock, Claudius]
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The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - The Character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Victim or villain. These two words are the total opposites of each other. A victim is someone that 'we' in general should, or may, feel sorry for and attempt to sympathise or empathise with. But a villain is the one person that people love to hate. The best example of this I feel is pantomime. The victims or heroes are clear-cut and the audience willingly cheers them. But as soon as the villain walks on stage he is hissed and booed, unfortunately it is not as simple as this in 'The Merchant of Venice' and how the audience react to the characters is all important in making the distinction between victim or vill...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 3195 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Antonio And Shylock - William Shakespeare shows how two tradesmen can have completely different lives when others view them differently in the play The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Bassanio, Antonio’s friend, needs money to pursue his love. They seek a loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender in Antonio’s name. The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. While all this is happening, there are love plots going on. One of which is for Shylock’s daughter to elope with Lorenzo, a Christian....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 808 words
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Shylock as a Victim of Villain - Shylock as a Victim of Villain Throughout the play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ there are constant references to various characters and the way they relate to one another, however there is no character so diverse and so complex as Shylock’s character. Shakespeare tries to portray Shylock in a number of ways however I believe his main focus in the play, is on his villainous side. This may be portraying the time of Shakespeare where ethnic minorities like Jews were hated and condemned for their religion....   [tags: Papers] 2296 words
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Merchant Of Venice Shylock Stu - This character sketch will be on Shylock, describing his physical and personality traits. Shylock is an older, Jewish money lender who has one daughter named Jessica. Shylock is introduced into the novel when Antonio’s friend, Gratiano needs money in order to impress a girl. Antonio at the time does not have any money and sends Gratiano to Shylock to borrow money from him. Shylock does not like Antonio because of past experiences where Antonio made fun of him publically. This leads to an interesting bond that Antonio must agree to in order for Gratiano to get money....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 448 words
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Shylock in Merchant of Venice - The Character of Shylock in Merchant of Venice        Few characters created by Shakespeare embodies pure evil like the character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a usurer and a malevolent, blood-thirsty old man consumed with plotting the downfall of his enemies. He is a malignant, vengeful character, consumed with venomous malice1; a picture of callous, unmitigated villainy, deaf to every appeal of humanity2. Shylock is the antagonist opposite the naive, essentially good Antonio, the protagonist; who must defend himself against the "devil" Shylock....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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The Self Destruction of Macbeth in Macbeth, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - It is evident in both plays by William Shakespeare that ambition and pride seem to be the “main” roles in the self destruction of Macbeth and Shylock. In Shakespeare’s tragedies, he conveys his most renowned sense of dignity and power found in man. “It typically presents the fall of a man who may be basically or originally good but is always corruptible through the temptations of the world and his own pride or ambition”(Felperin 158). Through the entire play we begin to see the transformation unravel....   [tags: Macbeth Character Analysis] 1887 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello - Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello The Jews ancestral home-land, where they had lived for hundreds of years was Palestine. However, they were exiled from this land in about the year 400 AD. They scattered out and formed a Diaspora, a community of exiled people. Once the Roman Empire had deteriorated, a lot of them began to make their way back to Palestine, which was then invaded by the Turks, and ruled by them for 800 years until the British came. The Jews came over to Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066, and in 1217 they had to wear yellow badges to distinguish them....   [tags: Papers] 1706 words
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Shylock - Shylock Shylock is the topic of this piece of coursework. He was a character in the merchant of Venice which was written by Shakespeare. The play was first printed in 1600 and was first seen as a copy of the play “Jew of Malta”. One of the reasons Shakespeare chose Venice as the setting for his play was that Venice had many cultures and religions in it. Also Venice was very wealthy at the time. Shylock is in 5 scenes in the play. The part he plays is very important to the whole play....   [tags: Papers] 577 words
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Shylock: Villain or Victim? - Shylock: Villain or Victim. In this essay I will look into the question of whether Shylock is villain or victim and then answer it with my own opinion. To do this I intend to examine the following, Shylock and the persecution of the Jews and by focusing on the courtroom scene and the formation of the bond scene. Previous history ---------------- Jews have been previously persecuted even before 1500 in Spain, Rome, France, the Middle East, Western Europe and Austria. They have suffered exile, torture, conversion, been massacred and even had their land Israel taken by the Turks....   [tags: Papers] 786 words
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Shylock: Victim or Villain - Shylock: Victim or Villain "The Merchant of Venice" by Shakespeare is set in the Italian city of Venice in the late 15th century. Originally, it was meant to be a comedy but it seems to have more elements of a tragedy than of a comedy. However the audience of that time would find it amusing to see Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, losing everything because Jews have not been accepted due to the fact their religion and their typical occupation as moneylender, which made the Christians depending of them....   [tags: Papers] 770 words
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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is one of the main characters in Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice", he starts in the play as an outcast of society because he is Jewish. Shylock has been forced to become a banker in his life as an inhabitant of Venice, for the fact that his religion is seen as wrong. Although Shylock is forced to become a banker he plays a vital role in the city of Venice, without Shylock the city would struggle economically....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 795 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice A key feature of the play 'The Merchant Of Venice' is the issue of whether Shylock is a victim or a villain. This issue is raised at many crucial points most of which can be separated into the categories victim or villain. Act 1 Scene 3 displays Shylock as a sensible business man. This is our first introduction of Shylock and therefore produces our first impressions. The first point where Shylocks' character is revealed in detail is during his soliloquy of lines 37 - 48....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1161 words
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Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterization of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 391 words
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Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 'The Merchant of Venice' is a play written by William Shakespeare. In this play I will be analysing whether the character of Shylock is classed as a villain or victim. His character is unclear, as he can be seen as an orthodox Jew, where he is vicious and cunning, or he can be seen as a nice and caring person. I will begin by explaining the ways in which he can be seen as a villain. Shylock is seen as a villain because of the way he acts towards other people....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1126 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'I am a Jew' a famous saying from Shylock in 'Merchant of Venice' that clarifies the merchant brotherhood of a wealthy city. 'Merchant of Venice' contains rascals and heroes. The audiences will soon realise that Shylock, the Jewish money lender, is shown as a villain within the wealthy city. Is this really what Shakespeare had intended. This testimony given proposes that Shylock is more of a deceitful character than what the Christian colony wants us to comprehend....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1119 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is a Jew in the play "The merchant of Venice". He has a daughter called Jessica and he is in many ways a victim of anti-Semitism. Shakespeare brings across Shylock as a Jew using many different devices. For example he uses anti-Semitism to show that Shylock is meant to be portrayed as an isolated character. Anti-Semitism was based on religious grounds back then, they held the belief that Jews murdered Christ and were therefore in the league of the devil, this is why the Christians in the play and the directors of the play are vengeful towards Shylock....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 896 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice One of the most interesting and thought provoking characters in the Merchant of Venice is Shylock. Throughout his five scenes in the play he is looked down upon, betrayed, deserted, punished and humiliated by Christian society, his daughter and all those that will eventually need his money. His faith and his way of making a living are the Christians' only justification for this treatment, yet even in his alienation he is still, as we see later, constitute to Venetian Law....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1444 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock has been very badly treated by certain Christians and he yearns for revenge. He goes too far when he seeks the life of his main persecutor, but he is essentially, an intelligent, dignified man who can no longer bear to be humiliated. Long before Shylock plotted against him, Antonio seemed to take a pride in spurning Shylock, treating him in public with rudeness and contempt....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1245 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice In every play or story, you need a villain, someone you can hate - in Cinderella you have the evil stepmother, in Harry Potter you have Lord Voldermort, and in the Merchant of Venice you have Shylock. In this scene, I see Shylock not as the comical buffoon or villain but as the outsider. The scene opens with a conversation between Basanio and Shylock. Basanio wants to borrow three thousand ducats from Shylock for three months, but Shylock is reluctant....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 464 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play was "A merchant of Venice" was written in 1599, in Elizabethan times. Shakespeare's main two sources for writing the play were two folk tales woven together. One involving a marriage suitors choice among three chests and therefore winning here hand in marriage. The other as based on a greedy creditor trying to extract a pound of flesh from a man. A contemporary play written by Christopher Marlowe gave Shakespeare the inspiration for the character of Shylock....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 918 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction One of the most interesting and dramatic characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is the rich, despised money-lending Jew Shylock. It is impossible to judge Shylock’s character by our own modern Standards, simple because Shakespeare wrote this play for play goers in Elizabethan times. This was very different to modern times for two reasons. Firstly, people watching the play would not find it strange to feel sorry for a character, then a few moments later, to be screaming for their blood....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1687 words
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The Character of Shylock in William Shakespeare's Play - The Character of Shylock in William Shakespeare's Play Shylock is a Jewish money lender living in Venice in the 1600s. He is a widower and has a daughter who he does not care about. In Venice Jews were discriminated against because of their religion, they were forced to live in separate places and were spat on. The definition of a victim is someone who is picked on. A villain is someone who discriminates about people. Venice was a trading city with ships coming in and out. My first point is about how Shylock is a victim....   [tags: Papers] 1103 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Shylock’s first scene he comes in talking about money “Three thousand ducats, well!” The audience would think of him as a stereo typical Jew troubled more about money than anything else. Later in this scene he asks “Antonio is a good man” this could be a query or a proclamation but he tells Bassaino that Antonio will be sufficient for the bond. Shylock is asked to dine with Bassanio and Antonio but Shylock replies, “Yes to smell pork, to eat the habitation which the Nazarite conjured the devil into....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 513 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play begins in Venice where the wealthy merchant Antonio is talking to his young friends about the reasons for the depression. Antonio claims not to understand himself his sad nature. Bassanio arrives with the news that he wishes to court a wealthy, beautiful heiress named Portia. In order to present himself to Portia he wants to borrow 3000 ducats. Bassanio is in terrible debt and he sees marriage to Portia as a way out of financial problem....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1385 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock is in many ways much more difficult for us to deal with today than for Shakespeare's audience. We have seen a hatred for the Jews since Shakespeare's time with Hitler's attempt to wipe out the Jewish race, but people in Shakespeare's day were unlikely to have met Jews who had not converted to Christianity as they had already been banned from England for three hundred years. So people in England would be opposing the character Shylock because they are ignorant of the Jews....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1734 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - 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....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2104 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a Jewish money-lender is portrayed as villainous throughout the play. At the beginning of the play, he agrees to lend Antonio a sum of 3000 ducats. This loan had to be paid back within three months time otherwise Shylock would get what he wanted, a pound of Antonio’s flesh, as a part of a clause of the contract. Shylock’s continuous insistence for a pound of Antonio’s flesh shows him as a villain, but is Shylock really a villain, and not a victim....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 704 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice In the Merchant of Venice, Shylock is continually involved in the bond plot. This plot is probably the most intense story-line in this Shakespeare play. Bassanio borrows money from Shylock in Antonio's name in order to impress Portia, however after a tragic incident involving all of Antonio's ships crashing; the money has failed to be returned. According to their bargain Antonio must now give Shylock a pound of his flesh....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1465 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Written sometime between 1596 and 1598,by Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is classified as both an early Shakespearean comedy and as one of the Bard's problem plays; it is a work in which good triumphs over evil, but serious themes are looked at and some issues remain unresolved. The play is about Antonio, a Venetian merchant, who complains to his friends that he feels a sadness which he cannot explain. His friend Bassanio is desperately in need of money to court Portia, a wealthy young woman who lives in the city of Belmont....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1463 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There have been many variations over the hundreds of years in how the character Shylock has been played in productions of “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare. Shylock is often noted as the most important character in the play, so the way he is performed can change how people interpret the play itself. Shylock can be interpreted as the villain or the victim of the play. Sometimes in productions the audiences’ sympathies can swing first one-way then another, the actor will portray Shylock as a consistent character however; certain scenes create sympathy for him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 907 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice "Shylock is a two dimensional villain who does not deserve our sympathy" The above statement makes two main assumptions about Shylock. One is that Shylock is a two-dimensional villain, a man who is a stereotypical, one-sided man with no true motive for his actions. This assumption also implies that Shylock is extremely superficial, an supposition that we strongly disagree....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2350 words
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Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Many people are villainous in the way they behave. Their villainous acts may be attributed to their desire to destroy others and in turn elevate themselves to a higher financial or social level. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have received from others. In that case, they would have been taught villainy rather than being a villain at heart in which case, revenge would be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1095 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Right from the start of when Shylock is introduced he could be seen as an "ogre” because he is prepared to do business that will profit himself with Antonio and Bassanio but when asked to talk and eat with them he takes it as an insult to him through his religion. "Yes to smell pork, to eat of the habitation which your prophet the nazarite conjured the devil into." Shylock may have his reasons to not want to socialise with Antonio and Bassanio, the two Christians, but they are worthless, as he has still chosen to do business with them and so there're taking advantages of both his religion and the ability to...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 540 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the "Merchant of Venice", Shylock’s character undergoes a metamorphosis from victim to villain. Christians looked down on him, and he suffered humiliation and prejudice because of his job as a usurer and because of his race. However, he is also vengeful and cunning, and jumps at every chance to take revenge for himself. During the time that the play was set there were not many Jews in Venice as the Christians were Anti – Semitism....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 681 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Although there are various sub plots in the Merchant of Venice, Shylock plays a very central role, interacting with almost all of the other characters to some degree. I believe that Shakespeare has carefully crafted the character of Shylock in great detail. He makes Shylock both a Jew and a money lender, both of these things were despised by many Christians at the time this was written. Shylock is introduced to the audience as a controversial character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 735 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote The merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. It was written as a play and this is reflected in the exaggeration of some of the scenes. At the time the play was written anti-Semitism was common, this again is reflected by the attitudes of the characters. In theory at the time this play was written only Jews who had converted to Christianity were allowed in England at the time. This may be one of the reasons it is set in Venice....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 859 words
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Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice - Shylock, the Hated Jew of The Merchant of Venice       Many of William Shakespeare's plays have sparked controversy.  Probably the one that has sparked the most controversy is The Merchant of Venice, which many intellectuals have dubbed an anti-Semitic play.  The character that this discussion centers around is Shylock, the rich moneylender Jew.  The problem with most of these anti-Semitic arguments is that they lack the perspective of the sixteenth century audience.   Throughout Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (M of V), the audience's perception of Shylock moves between utter hatred and varying amounts of pity.  In contrast to today's audience, the original s...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello - Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's Othello Shylock is a miserly money-lender, but is he. one opinion of Shylock would agree with that statement the other disagrees. Is he really a "goodly apple rotten at the core". or is he a confusing caricature with two people drawn into one solid fixture, a person. He could very well be that, could he be confused or miss-understood. This is up to the ever changing audience. His two sides cause disagreement of opinion of the audience....   [tags: Papers] 1513 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice It is believed that that Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice, between 1596 and 1589. At the time Englandwas a Christian country, and the Jews were a misunderstood, prejudiced and marginalised people. They were often forbidden to own land or engage in trade in England so the only occupation open to them was money lending which they exploited to the full, Christians were forbidden to practice usury and the Jews were constantly portrayed as greedy misers and money-lenders....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 819 words
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The Aspects of Shylock in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' - The Aspects of Shylock in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' There are many aspects of Shylock; in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ he is seen in many different forms. In Medieval Venice Shylock the Jewish banker is persuaded to lend three thousand ducats to Antonio a Venetian merchant who had cursed and ridiculed Shylock for years. The condition for the loan is that if Antonio did not pay back the three thousand ducats he would forfeit, ‘a pound of flesh, to by him cut off nearest the merchant’s heart.’ Through the course of the play Shylock is portrayed in many different ways....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 931 words
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Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice - Shylock as Helpless Victim in The Merchant of Venice         In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez.  Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England.  Lopez, being the Queen's royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused.  Essex, who provided the evidence also presided over the trial of Lopez, leaving Lopez little chance of survival.  The innocent Jew was hanged, drawn, and quartered in Tyburn, England for all to witness....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Before we consider having any sympathy for Shylock at this point in the play, we must look at events that have occurred and attitudes towards him leading up to Act4 Scene1 We know that Shylock is unpopular with many citizens. This is shown when he himself says that people have: 'Laughed at my loses, mocked at my gains, scorned at my nation'. However, the Venetian citizens are not the only guilty party for Shylock says that he hates Antonio 'For he is a Christian' In addition to this, he has few friends or allies in Venice, even his own daughter abandons him with Lorenzo - a Christian (Shylock is...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 723 words
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