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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 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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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 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, 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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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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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 William Shakespeare wrote the merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is a tragic-comedy. It is set in a place called Venice in the late 15th century. Venice is situated in the north east of Italy and is known as the 'Queen of Adriatic' for its strong naval power. The play is about Shylock a Jewish moneylender, who is trying to make a living in a community and a Country that despises him and alienates him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 989 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 That Shylock is portrayed as being a typical Jewish businessman is contentious. There seems to be a lot more to Shylock than first meets the eye, especially when it comes to his dealings with money and keeping his word. He has to put up with quite a bit of abuse from Christians and others. He is a very stubborn person though, and this seems to be one of his major downfalls within the play. To support my argument I am going to look at both the views of the Christians and the Jews from the play, as well as support my views with evidence from the text....   [tags: Free 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 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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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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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In my opinion I think that Shylock is a villain in the 'Merchant of Venice' because he is portrayed as a ruthless money-lender. The plot of the 'Merchant of Venice' is centred on Shylock, a Jewish money lender who is trying to survive in a country, which despises him, and alienates him from society. He has made a bond with Bassanio and Antonio that if his ships do not come back then he would take a pound of his flesh due to the debt of 3000 ducats....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1351 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice 'The Merchant of Venice' was written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan period .The play is a tragic-comedy written in his second period. It is set in Venice in the late 15th century. In this period, religion is a very big part in people's lives, with Christianity the most dominant in this area, and people were looked very poor upon for not attending, sometimes even arrested. As a result, Shylock is condemned before the plot has even begun because he is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 952 words
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Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice There are many reasons how this scene is more effective than all the others in the play for range of reasons. In this one scene it goes through nearly every other thing that has been mentioned earlier in the play. Also why most scenes have mainly one big point to them, this one has five, and some more sub - plots. Before it starts there is the aspect of Christian Justice, either way the case goes its going to cause problems, if it goes in Antonio's favour then there is going to be a problem from the Jews, saying he got off just because he is a Christian, and the state needs to keep the Jews happy, as if there...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1098 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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Analysis of Shylock's Role in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Analysis of Shylock's Role in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare In this essay, I will be examining one of Shakespeare’s most memorable and controversial characters, Shylock. Shylock is one of the main characters in ‘The Merchant of Venice.’ He is often seen as a villain but some argue that he actually a victim. ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play that explores revenge, love and prejudice. It follows a Jew called Shylock and a Christian called Antonio. Antonio borrows three thousand ducats from Shylock for his close friend Bassanio and makes a bond that says that in the case of forfeiture, Shylock can take a pound of flesh from any part of the body he w...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1050 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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Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock shows an almost double sided character, he appears to be a villain some times and then a victim at others. Although with this in mind I have come to believe that he is really a true villain that has only a few good attributes compared to many more evil ones. Shylock in the majority of the play is trying to find a way in which he can seek his revenge on Christians in particular Antonio to whom some of his first words are directed; "If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him," By this he means that if he just gets one opportunity then he will...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 868 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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The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare When Shakespeare wrote ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ there was a suggestion that he was competing with a very popular play ‘The Jew Of Malta’ written in 1589 by Christopher Marlowe. This play treats the Jew as an evil villain and a wicked ogre. Shakespeare is not entirely free from the idea that all usurers were Jews and therefore all Jews were evil, but he does also allow us to see Shylock as a human being who has himself been wronged....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1042 words
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The Portrayal of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Portrayal of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the 16th century Jews were discriminated against especially in England and Venice. Christians believed that the Jewish race was inferior to them and that Jews should not be accepted into their society. There were very few Jews in England in this period this was mainly due to the fact that Edward had been lent money by several Jewish money lenders, he became unable to repay the money he owed them, and as a result sent them into exile....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 961 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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Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathy for Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about a rich Christian merchant who borrows money from a Jewish moneylender to help his friend in marriage. Antonio borrows money from Shylock because Bassanio, one of Antonio's best friends, needed the money to impress Portia of Belmont. Although Antonio is rich, all his money is tied up in his business of shipping "Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea". Portia comes from a wealthy family, in her fathers will he says only the person who chooses the right casket can ask Portia's hand in marriage "the lottery that he hath devised in these three chests of gold, silve...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1234 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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William Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice Shylock is one of the main characters in the play. He is a Jew who is treated very badly by all Christians. He is presented with an ideal opportunity to kill Antonio, who is a Christian moneylender, when Antonio goes to Shylock on behalf of Bassanio to ask for 3000 ducats so that he can go to Belmont and try for the hand of Lady Portia - a wealthy and beautiful heiress. The three men meet and agree to the bond to a bond, which states that Bassanio will have the loan of 3000 ducats for three months, but if Antonio fails to repay Shylock, Shylock will claim a pound of his flesh....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1298 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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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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Merchant of Venice - Portia Outwits Shylock in Act IV Scene I - Merchant of Venice - Portia Outwits Shylock in Act IV Scene I "Portia: Have by some surgeon, Shylock, on your charge To stop his wound, lest he do bleed to death. Shylock: Is it nominated in the bond?" Act 4 Scene 1 lines 255-257 This is the time that Portia traps Shylock into a corner and saves the life of Antonio at the same instance. Portia builds up her defences as Shylock lets his down as he believes that he is going to gain his pound of flesh from Antonio's breast nearest the heart....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 992 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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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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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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The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - The Trial Scene in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare Written between 1596 and 1598 "The Merchant of Venice" is not one of the most performed plays written by William Shakespeare and most productions often use modern times and dress. A modern day audience would be less sympathetic than the audience of that period towards the Jew, Shylock. The play is one of the sixteen comedy plays. The issues being raised in the play would have been understood by the audience who were not very well educated "The Merchant of Venice" has two main characters, Shylock, a Jew and Antonio, who is an extremely wealthy merchant, an investor who gets wealth using venture capit...   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1015 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 - 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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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 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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Drama and Tension in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Drama and Tension in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction The merchant of Venice is about a merchant who borrows a loan to help a friend who wants to go to Belmont to Marie a woman called Portia. The person who borrows a loan is a merchant name (Antonio), and Antonio goes and gets the loan off a Jew name (Shylock). After Antonio borrows the loan, Antonio sign a bond saying that if in three month Antonio ships don’t return, shylock would have his pond of flesh....   [tags: Free Merchant of Venice Essays] 1172 words
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Custom Essay - Racial Prejudice and Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice - Racial Prejudice and Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice          William Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice, uses satire to present Shakespeare's views on racial prejudice and anti-Semitism. The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish moneylender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy. This essay will examine how the themes of racial prejudice, and anti-Semitism are presented in The Merchant of Venice.   Shylock is stereotypically described as "costumed in a recognizably Jewish way in a long gown of gabardine, probably black, with a red beard and/or wing like that of Judas, and a hooked putty nose o...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Points Against And In Favour F - The trial scene in the Merchant of Venice is the climax of the play as Shylock has taken Antonio to court, as he has not paid back the money he borrowed. Shylock wants the pound of flesh that is the forfeit of the bond concerning the money Antonio borrowed from him. Shylock’s main motivation for wanting this forfeit is as his daughter has stolen his money and run away, he is taking out his spite on Antonio and this blinds him as he does not watch what he is getting into during this scene From the point where Shylock enters the courtroom everyone opposing him is appealing for mercy for Antonio and this is what the scene demonstrates, a need for mercy....   [tags: essays research papers] 856 words
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