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The Characters of Shylock and Bassanio in A Merchant of Venice - First let me start of by explaining the common stereotype of a hero and of a villain: A hero is associated as being brave, generous, warm hearted and an all round good person. A villain is normally thought of as cruel, deceiving, hurtful and evil. The characters in A Merchant of Venice can all fit into one of these catagories but especially those of Shylock and Bassanio. Shylock's job is as a moneylender. Insists on a lot of interest back, selfish when Antonio approaches him for money to borrow....   [tags: A Merchant of Venice] 297 words
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The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice - The Prejudiced Message of Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice portrays a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, "I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!" All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them will listen to the other because their hearts are filled with intense prejudice. Antonio proves that he is unwilling to change his feelings toward Shylock when he says, "I'm likely to call you names again, spit on you again, and shun you again." They don't seem to realize that their prejudiced attitudes could get someone...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 325 words
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The Concepts of Peace and Justice in Shakespeares Merchant of Venice - The Concepts of Peace and Justice in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Portia’s defense of Antonio is considered a wonderful, noble deed. She is not considered the villain (that distinction falls to Shylock), but her deed, which is considered right, proper, and good by her fellow Venetians, is actually more reflective of the naughty world than the brightly lit candle. Shylock is a man that has been mocked, spat at, and reviled by Antonio and his coterie. When he is approached by Bassanio for the money, he sees his opportunity to take revenge upon Antonio, but almost as a representative of the society at large and not Antonio as an individual....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 350 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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The Merchant of Venice - The Venice Times In Venicetoday, two men have made an unusual bond. The two men involved are Antonio, the wealthy well known merchant whose ships are all out at sea. Shylock who is Jewish is the other person involved in this strange agreement. Shylock makes a living by lending people money and then charging them interest on it. As we know Antonio and Shylock are not the best of friends, after all Antonio puts shylock out of business as he charges no interest on his loans therefore reduces the amount of money shylock can earn....   [tags: News Story] 420 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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The Merchant of Venice - The Merchant of Venice is a romantic comedy which was written between 1596 and 1597. It opens on the streets of Venice and throughout the comedy, the setting shifts between Venice and Belmont. Bassanio (a business man) tells Antonio, (a Venetian merchant and dear friend) that he has fallen in love with Portia, (a wealthy heiress from Belmont) and plans to travel to Belmont to win her heart. Bassanio tells Antonio that he desperately needs money to court Portia; Antonio unfortunately has his money invested in merchant ships at sea and tells Bassanio that he is unable to make the loan, but suggests that Bassanio seek a moneylender and name Antonio as the loan's guarantor....   [tags: European Literature] 449 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Role of Shylock - Perhaps The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, is neither pro-Jewish, nor pro-Christian, since the illustrations which show neither the Jew nor the Christian to be perfect are countless. After having suffered through The Merchant of Venice, and seeing how unjustly poor Shylock was treated by his Christian contemporaries, I can't help but wonder if Shakespeare was actually trying to show the world how hypocritical members of any religion could be, be it Jewish, Christian, or anything else....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 455 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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The Merchant of Venice - "The Merchant of Venice" by WIlliam Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice" is a play about revenge, justice, deseption and friendship. The story is about, Shylock a wealth Jew, lending one of his enemies, Antonoi, three thousand ducats. Although Antonio is a rich merchant all his resources are in his ships, trading too distant countries, but because he wants to help out his friend, Bassanio, he has no choice but to ask Shylock for a loan , not to know it could lead to his death. In this play there is a big difference between the Christian charaters and Shylock, the main difference being Shylock seems to be more interested in his money and business rather than human relationships, which the C...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 471 words
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Free Essays - The Dehumanization of Shylock in Merchant of Venice - The Dehumanization of Shylock in Merchant of Venice In Susan Pharr's "The Common Elements of Oppression", she defines "the other" as the outcast of society, the ones who stand up for what they believe in, no matter how `against the grain' it may be, the ones who try the hardest to earn acceptance, yet never receive it. In Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice", Shylock, the `villain' is portrayed as the other simply because of his faith, because he is Jewish in a predominantly Christian society....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 485 words
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Letter to Shylock From Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice - Letter to Shylock From Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice Dear Father, I have decided to write a letter to you to explain why I felt that it was necessary for me to leave home. I would have liked to have actually spoken to you in person but I did not feel that it was appropriate because of our current relationship. I am aware that you may find the contents of this letter very hard to accept. However, this letter is the Only way of letting you know my feelings and the reasons for my Actions....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 492 words
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The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes - The First Scene in The Merchant of Venice by Sherlock Holmes Shylock's first scene in The Merchant of Venice is important because it sets the tone for the audience's view of him throughout the play. I have never seen the play performed, but it has been my experience that an audience will form an opinion of a character upon first seeing them. There are many different ways of portraying Shylock in his first scene. I will be focussing on portraying Shylock as a villain. I understand that his role is villainous, but various actors and directors have actually portrayed him differently....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 507 words
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Analysis of The Merchant of Venice - Analysis of The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice" is based on a simple enough plot, but it gives a more complex view of the characters involved. It portrays each characters attitude, opinions and actions and shows how they affect the other characters. ====================================================================== Shylock is perhaps the most noteworthy character. He is centred on most of the play's events. Throughout the play he is portrayed as both a villain and a victim and is used to emphasise a number of the play's themes such as greed, revenge, prejudice and racism....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 510 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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Merchant of Venice Essay: The Role of Jessica - The Role of Jessica in Merchant of Venice The character of Jessica, in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice serves an important function in respect to her father, Shylock. By deserting him for a Christian husband, Shylock loses the last person with whom he has any kind of tie. Shylock’s isolation becomes a vital part of his character, and drives his merciless actions against Antonio. Throughout the play, everyone who could claim any type of social or familial tie to Shylock leaves him. Launcelot the Clown, moves to a Christian master, who has the,"grace of God..." (II,ii L.139) His own daughter Jessica forsakes him, and his entire Jewish culture, to marry Lorenzo, and become a Christi...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 514 words
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Merchant Of Venice Character Diary - Shylock - Today Bassanio came up to me asking for my moneys. Later on I told him that I would lend him the moneys without any interest. I was very cautious in the repeating of his demands. Antonio is naive risking his life hoping the ships will return. I am clever because I am using this opportunity to get revenge. I made Bassanio nervous when I called Antonio a good man and they both probably knew the meaning. I'll show Antonio when his ships fail to return. Lancelot is getting on my nerves again. He is snail-slow in profit and he sleeps by day....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 516 words
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Merchant of Venice Overview - In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio is the merchant, and complains to his friends about how depressed he is and he cannot explain why. His friend Bassanio is in desperate need of money to court Portia, wealthy women of Belmont, so Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan. However, Antonio cannot give Bassanio the loan because he has just invested all of his money into a number of ships that are still at sea. Antonio advises Bassanio to go and meet with Shylock, a Jew who is a moneylender. Bassanio takes Antonio’s advice and the both of them go to meet with him....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 522 words
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The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The famous play 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare concerns several plot lines, including the bond, the ring, the caskets and the elopement. The bond is the main plot and usury is a key part of this. It is because Shylock is a moneylender who lends money to a Christian. Shylock is crucial because he is a crucial character to 2 plots including the main one. When Antonio first meets Shylock he is immediately unkind to Shylock because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 522 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 the most interesting and yet confusing characters in Shakespeare's play “The Merchant of Venice.” He could be seen as just another villain in a story made to be hated by the audience so that his downfall later in the play can be a cheered at. Yet the character of Shylock is much deeper than the stereotypical evil Jewish moneylender, Shakespeare shows how he is a victim of racial discrimination especially from the “loveable” hero of the story Antonio....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 535 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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Character Analysis of Shylock in William Shakespeare´s Mechant of Venice - ... Shakespeare uses alliteration in this speech, which makes it more memorable for the audience so they can remember the thoughts of Shylock. S. also associates Shylock with cannibalism, it gives the audience a clear indication that Shylock’s aim is to Kill Antonio. Therefore when Shylock is stripped from his chance of revenge, the audience may not feel sympathy for him as they know that is intention was to kill Antonio, and he had a clear motive for it. Shylock’s motive may actually be the fact that he is losing business, because Antonio lends money without interest....   [tags: eating, flesh, greedy, obsessive, audience] 545 words
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Anti Semetic Themes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Anti Semetic Themes in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice there is a clear clash of opinions between Antonio and Shylock. Most of the characters in the play are definitely against Shylock because he is Jewish. But is the message that Shakespeare is putting across saying that all people should hate Jewish people. I think that it could well be for these reasons. Firstly in the basic structure of the play, Shakespeare will always make subtle differences in the way he writes dialogue for each character....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 574 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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Character Analysis of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Character Analysis of Shylock from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ the character Shylock, a Jewish moneylender is shown to the audience in more than one. In one way we see a good aspect of him as a caring and loving father, in another way we see a dreadful part of him as a beast that loves his money more than his daughter and follows a brutal and cruel desire to end a man’s life in this case Antonio the merchant....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 583 words
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Shylock Deserves Sympathy - Shylock Deserves Sympathy Shylock is indeed a complex character and has the dimension of pain-he has suffered, still suffers and is one of a people who have suffered over centuries. However, to what extent should Shylock suffer and does he deserve our sympathy or hostility. Although anti-Semitism is totally unacceptable today, it was quite normal in Shakespeare's time. However, as he has done with other villains, Shakespeare actually plays around with his audience's preconceptions and makes Shylock an interesting, complex and sometimes likable character....   [tags: Papers] 603 words
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How Shakespeare Makes Us Feel Sympathetic in The Merchant of Venice - How Shakespeare Makes Us Feel Sympathetic in The Merchant of Venice In Shylock’s first speech in Act 1 Scene 3 he begins by saying he hates Christians because they lend money gratis and reduce the rate of usance on loans in Venice. At this point Shylock is more worried about the interest charged on a loan and lends money without interest making Shylock seem like a greedy character at this point. Shylock goes on to say, “If I can catch once upon the hip I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him”....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 646 words
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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: Secular and Religious Views - Merchant of Venice - Secular and Religious Views The secular and religious views of both, Antonio and Shylock,  were portrayed very bluntly. The religious opinions of both characters  were that their religion was superior to infidels and also very  stereotypical. In the business world, Antonio owned ships with  valuable goods and was extremely generous. He always relied on their  return to shore and expressed his faith in this book. On the other  hand, Shylock was a greedy man and used the Bible for sources of  interest to collect more money....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 651 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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Free Merchant of Venice Essays: The Villainous Shylock - Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act "villainous" in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot.   The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by complaining behind Launcelot's back of his laziness....   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays] 685 words
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The Wrath of the Mistreated - ... The agreement the men come to if the debt is not repaid is “let the forfeit be nominated for an equal pound of your fair flesh” (Shakespeare, I, iii,). At this point in time shylock controls the situation of most every key character in the play with the exception of Portia. Although Antonio and Bassanio do not like the agreement because they are nearly positive that Antonio will not pay they do not have a choice to accept these terms. Also, at the end of the play, Shylock controls every main character when they are in the courthouse....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice] 699 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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Barabas versus Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Barabas versus Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There can be many similarities drawn to both the character Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, and Barabas in the Jew of Malta. However besides the obvious fact that they were both Jews, and the common stereo-types that were attributed to both of them such as being miserly and conniving, there are gaping differences in the dynamics of the characters themselves. “There are profound differences in Barabas and Shylock. The role assigned to by Shakespeare to his Christian characters is far more extensive, his Jew on the other hand has been scaled down and domesticated....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 708 words
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Scene and Summary from the Mechant of Venice by Shakespeare - ... Are you answered. (IV.i.40-63) During this scene, when Antonio and Shylock appear before the court and Shylock is asked to bestow mercy upon Antonio, it is apparent that he cannot do so. He is so overwhelmed with negative emotion around Antonio, that his quote is a actually an elongated explanation of why he cannot put his visceral reaction to him aside and calmly explain or justify his hatred. The closest he comes to doing so is by personifying his rage into a "mistress of passion" who can toy with an individual's likes and dislikes....   [tags: religion, justice, revenge]
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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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Sympathizing With Shylock At The End Of Act 4 in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathizing With Shylock At The End Of Act 4 in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Throughout The Merchant of Venice the extent to which the reader sympathises with Shylock is constantly adjusted, formed by the most recent facts and circumstances learned of. After only a few words the impression given of Shylock is one of a sly, cunning, suspicious man; he openly admits (to the reader/viewer) that he hates Antonio 'for he is a Christian.' We then learn of possible justification for this view and yet Shylock still agrees to lend him the all of the requested money....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 727 words
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Is Shylock More Sinned Against Than Sinning? - There are many sides to this argument. The first is that Shylock does not sin at all, the second is that all the characters sin as much as each other, the third that Shylock is the only one who sins, the fourth that they all sin, but Shylock sins the most making the above statement false, and the fifth way of arguing it is to agree with the statement. Shylock may sin when he makes the contract with Antonio saying that he must pay back the 3000D within 3months if he lends it to him, or he can take 1lb of flesh from his body, but it is not clear whether he wants to harm Antonio because he claims to want “Only friendship”....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 733 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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Merchant of Venice - Merchant of Venice In this coursework I will be answering the question “Shylock gets what he deserves” by taking into account how William Shakespeare makes the audience despise of Shylock or sympathise Shylock. Shylock is a Jew, and he is not welcome in Venice, he has especially got hatred for Antonio. He wanted revenge so Shylock put on a bond with Antonio; the punishment being for Antonio is that if he doesn’t pay back the money, which Shylock lent him, in 3 months time Shylock has the right to cut off a pound of his flesh....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 735 words
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Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Depiction of Love in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice is a play about both love and hate. Shakespeare shows the theme of hate through the prejudice of both the Jews and the Christians and the theme of love amongst the Christian love of friendship and love of marriage. These themes are set in two different places: Belmont (where Portia lives) and Venice (where Shylock lives). Belmont symbolises love and Venice symbolises hate and because Belmont conquers Venice, love conquers hate....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 753 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice My critical essay is on Shylock, who is one of the main characters in the play, "The Merchant of Venice," which was written by one of the most famous playwrights of all time, William Shakespeare. In this essay I intend to prove that Shylock was the villain of this play and although there may have been moments where he appeared to be a victim, he was a cruel and evil villain. He was an unforgiving character who was scheming to get his own way throughout the whole play....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 759 words
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Merchant Of Venice - Villain of Venice People often find security and self-assurance in acting evil towards other people. They may be out to destroy others, or improve their own social status. However, at the same time, the “villain'; may also be out for revenge. Shylock, from William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, has each of these motives as he takes on the role of the antagonist in this play. Shylock, the Jew, manages to mistreat almost everyone in his life. He especially acts as a villain towards Lancelet his young servant, Antonio the Christian, and even his own daughter, Jessica....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 762 words
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The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare - The Character of Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare - Victim or Villain. Who is Shylock. If you’ve heard of one of The Famous Shakespeare’s plays “The Merchant of Venice” then surely you’ve heard of the character “Shylock the Jew”, who is mostly well known for his meanness and his typical Jewish character. He is seen as both the victim and the villain in different parts of the play, but the question is, which of both is he really. I see Shylock as both victim and villain, and below I will explain how I have come to that conclusion....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 769 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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Is Shylock Victim Or Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Is Shylock Victim Or Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote the Merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is about Shylock, a Jewish money lender¡: trying to make a living and survive in a community that despises him and marginalia's him. Before the plot even starts, Shylock is condemned for being a Jew, and a moneylender. Jews were forbidden to be successful businessmen in Venice, so the only occupation open to him was money lending which they exploited to the full, this gave Shakespeare an opportunity to capture sympathy and understanding from the reader towards Shylock....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 775 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 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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Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice During the play, Shakespeare illustrates Shylock's situation in such a way that the audience understands his villainous action towards Antonio is a result of victimisation. He is a victim of anti Semitism, including verbal abuse and even his own daughter insults him by robbing him and running away with a Christian and in the end he is a victim of not showing mercy and so suffers from that mistake. To find what makes up a classic Shakespearean villain one could look to Iago in "Othello"....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 799 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: 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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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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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - 'The Merchant of Venice' is a Shakespearean play that is still preformed to this day. The story to the play is as follows: Antonio, a rich merchant needs money to lend to friend so he makes a bond with a wealthy Jew, shylock. Antonio has sent all his money abroad on his ships and promises to pay back shylock when his ships return, but if his ships don't come back Shylock can take a pound of his flesh. Later in the story shylock's daughter runs away with a Christian and takes all her father's money with her....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 984 words
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