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Hath Not a Jew Eyes? The Identity of Shylock and Purpose of Anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice - ... He appears to be the clear antagonist of The Merchant of Venice, seeing that he is disliked and harassed by everyone else in the play, including his own daughter. This dislike is clear because “Shylock–‘the Jew,’ as he is called by everyone in the play–is compared with a dog, a cur, and a demon, and is referred to as ‘the very devil incarnation” (Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice 4). The most notable adversary of Shylock is clearly Antonio, who often expresses a severe hatred for the Jewish usurer....   [tags: Shakespeare play analysis]
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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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Perspectives on Shylock from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Shylock is a character famously known as being the antagonist of Shakespeare’s play merchant of Venice. In this play, Shakespeare portrayal of Shylock the moneylender is one of anti-Semitic stereotype. Shylock is depicted as a typical bloodthirsty Jew who lives a life void of any depth or meaning. His sole purpose for living seems to be to amass wealth and vengeance as seen from his adamant claim for his “pound of flesh”. Despite Shakespeare’s attempts to humanize Shylock at points in the story, it appears that his primary focus is to steer the audience against Shylock, painting him as being a cruel, bitter and inaffable figure....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 892 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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Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock as the Villain in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare wrote 'The Merchant of Venice' in about 1597. It was first performed by The Chamberlain's Men at the Theatre Shoreditch. The Merchant of Venice was in the repertory of Shakespeare's company before they took up residence at the Globe in 1599. The play was written as a comedy, but has become a serious drama. In order to answer the question it is vital to look at the pervading views of the society when it was first performed....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1958 words
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Shylock as a Villian or Victim in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare - Shylock as a Villian or Victim in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare The Merchant Of Venice is the story of Antonio, a merchant, borrowing money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, in order to fund his best friend Bassanio’s romantic ambitions. Like the majority of the habitants of Venice, Antonio is Christian. At the time of the play, the sixteenth century, there was a huge abhorrence against those who were not Christian. As Antonio needed money quickly he had no alternative to borrowing from Shylock; Jewish moneylenders made profit from charging interests....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1511 words
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Describing Shylock of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Describing Shylock of William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice When then Merchant of Venice was written, the religion in this country was Christianity. Anybody who was not of that religion was looked down upon, especially those who were Jews. They were treated despicably, so as the play starts and as Shylock is introduced as a Jew it is certain that he is going to be depicted as the lowest of the low, as being mercenary and sadistic. However, as the play progresses we see another side of Shylock, we see him as the victim of many years of Christian abuse, both verbal or physical, and we can see that his behaviour is understandable due to the persecution he has suff...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 826 words
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Audience's Response to Shylock in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice - Audience's Response to Shylock in William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice As the opening scene of the third Act opens, Solanio and Salerio are used as a chorus by Shakespeare to inform the reader of the events that will be discussed in the scene. News is learnt of Antonio's ships "wreaked on the narrow seas" (Line 3). With this comment, Shakespeare instantly prepares the reader for the entrance of Shylock, who embodies danger throughout the play....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 842 words
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The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Way Shylock is Presented in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice is about the conflict between a Jew and a Christian. This is not between one Jew and one Christian but between Shylock, who stands as a representative of the Jewish tribe, and between groups of Christians who greatly outnumber the Jew. The conflict between Jews and Christians is a historical one. The Christians hated the Jews because they made money from usury; this was completely against the Christian beliefs of that time....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1625 words
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Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Treatment of Shylock by the Christians in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Two thousand years ago Jews were known as Hebrews or Israelites and lived in Israel. At the time their land was occupied by Romans who tried to crush the Jewish faith and culture. Due to this, Jewish people fled Israel to make new lives and Jewish communities in other countries. In these communities Jews were known for their intelligence and business sense which led to them being mistrusted and resented....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1673 words
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How The Character Of Shylock From “The Merchant Of Venice” Is - How The Character Of Shylock From “The Merchant Of Venice” Is Presented To The Audience In Scenes 1.3, 3.1 and 4.1 Over the years, Shylock has been portrayed in many ways, for instance, in the Elizabethan time, Jews were seen as the cause of Christ’s death and were known moneylenders so they were persecuted, so Shylock normally came on stage wearing a bright red wig and portrayed as a comic villain due to this he was always mocked. However, after the holocaust was brought to light, Jews were taken more seriously and were treated with more respect than they were previously shown so when Shylock appeared on stage, he was treated fairly and was not mocked as he had been in previous versions of...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2279 words
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The Charater of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice - The Charater of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice In his chapter “Shakespeare and Dissident Reading,” Alan Sinfield argues that viewing Shylock as anything but an evil villain is “achieved only by leaning, tendentiously, on the text” (Sinfield 1994, 6). This is an oversimplification of Shylock’s character as portrayed in The Merchant of Venice. Sinfield portrays Shylock as static and unchanging. However, emotions and portrayal of Shylock are not as forward as Sinfield claims. Constantly evolving, Shylock goes from being described as a human, with emotional pitfalls and grief, to being angry and vindictive, and portrayed as an animal....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Defining Shylock from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Defining Shylock from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice For hundreds of years, the Jews had lived in their ancestral home- Palestine- but when they were exiled in about the year 400AD, they scattered throughout Europe and formed a Diaspora: a community of exiled people. When the Roman Empire deteriorated, many of the Jews returned to Palestine, and were ruled by the Turks, then the British, eventually got their own state in 1946. In 1066, when Jews came over to Britain with William the conqueror, they had to wear yellow bands to distinguish them: this was highly discriminating and many Jews were even blamed in murder cases where Christian children were...   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1613 words
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The Character of Shylock as a Victim or Villain in The Merchant of Venice - The Character of Shylock as a Victim or Villain in The Merchant of Venice Do you consider the character of shylock to be a victim or villain in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is one of the most interesting, memorable and debated characters in the play “The Merchant of Venice”. In many ways this is because he is both a victim and a villain. Shylock was made a laughing stock of and is ridiculed by the Christians because he was Jewish. The Jewish community in Venice was treated very poorly at the time that the play was written....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1539 words
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Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago - The Merchant of Venice and Othello: Shylock vs Iago        Shakespeare's use of timeless themes make his works relevant to the modern reader.  His two plays "The Merchant of Venice" and "Othello" deal with the seeking of revenge and forbidden love.  In "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock, the main character, is a Jew who loans money and charges interest.  Shylock has an enemy named Antonio who also loans money to people, but without interest.  Iago is a character in "Othello" who has been passed over for a position as Othello's right hand man.  He feels that he deserves the position not the person who received it, Cassio.  Both of these characters want revenge from the people whom they per...   [tags: Othello, Merchant of Venice Essays]
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Shylock's Nature in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Shylock's Nature in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice For years, Shylock, one of Shakespeare's most complex characters has questioned audiences. He may be seen as a 2-dimensional but there is something more real about him. The fact that he is a Jew is clearly stated right at the beginning of Act 1: Scene 3, when Shylock first enters the play. As the play unfolds, Shylock is presented to be the villain of the story because he is portrayed as cold, greedy and evil. But is he....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1129 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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The Treatment of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - The Treatment of Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Introduction. The play I have been studying is called "The Merchant Of Venice". This play was written in the early 1590's, and was first performed in 1596. William Shakespeare wrote "The Merchant Of Venice". There are many possible influences that inspired William Shakespeare to write "The Merchant of Venice". There are four strands to the story, which are; The caskets; the winning of Portia hand in marriage....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2156 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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Merchant of Venice Essay: Shylock - Antagonist or Victim? - The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Antagonist or Victim?                 In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock - a Jew. As the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villain and is portrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil.  Shylock can easily be assumed to be the antagonist in this play or, after careful research and study, he can also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge as a last resort after he has been pushed too far.   To fully understand the character of Shylock we must first look at Elizabeathen attitudes towards Jews.  In the sixteenth century Jews were rarely if ever seen in England.  In the Middle Ages Jews had fled t...   [tags: Merchant Venice Essays]
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Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Defining Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice One of the factors that make Shakespeare plays famous is its capability to appeal to wide range of audience. For example in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare brings up the question of religion, racism and morality for the intellectuals amongst the Elizabethans but for most off the groundlings and ill-educated it was a simply a battle between Christians and Jews in which the Jew (e.g. Shylock) should end up facing the heat of defeat in the climax....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 2069 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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Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Characterizing Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The ‘Merchant of Venice’ was written at a time when there was great prejudice towards the Jewish race. They were known for their intelligence, hard work and business acumen, which later led them to be mistreated and resented. They were made to wear distinctive clothing in order to be identified, and citizens of Venice could treat Jews in any way they wished. The Christian church also taught that Jews should be despised for their rejection of Jesus and that money lending was morally wrong....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1879 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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The Presentation of Shylock and Antonio as Conflicting Opposites in The Merchant of Venice - The Presentation of Shylock and Antonio as Conflicting Opposites in The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare personifies the juxtaposed themes of this play; justice and mercy, forgiveness and revenge. He contrasts characters of Shylock and Antonio to represent these key ideas. Shakespeare’s character representations of these themes certify that they are constantly played out against each other throughout the play. The play presents anti-semitic ideas, depicting Shylock, a Jew, as evil and Antonio, a Christian, as good....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1119 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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Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Sympathizing with Shylock in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice In the Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare creates an atmosphere throughout the play, which causes the audience to sympathize with Shylock. Shakespeare uses key events, and dialogue to influence the audience. At the time Shakespeare wrote his plays, and they were performed, the contemporary audience would have mainly consisted of Christians. Jews were often persecuted, as they were the minority. The Christian audience would have been quite arrogant, and Shakespeare would have had to pander to this audience, to make the play appeal to them....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1587 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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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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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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Development of Reader's Feeling for Shylock Throughout William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - Development of Reader's Feeling for Shylock Throughout William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Shylock's first entrance into the Merchant of Venice leaves you with no definite feelings for him. He does not immediately stand out as an enthralling character although neither does he strike you as a selfish person driven by money. Although at this point in the play I believe an audience in Shakespeare's time would have been forced to show dislike towards Shylock just because Shylock is a Jew....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1488 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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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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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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The Wrath of the Mistreated - Shylock, a character in the play The Merchant Of Venice by William Shakespeare is a character of many emotions. Throughout the whole story Shylock is bitter towards all of the other characters. However, this spite and hatred is not undeserving, the other characters ridicule him without a good motive. Shylock puts himself in a position where he is able to be the antagonist and the protagonist of the situation throughout the whole story. By putting himself in this position he causes the other characters, specifically Antonio and Bassanio, even more trouble than they had before....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice] 699 words
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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare features, Shylock a very controversial character due to his religion, profession and personal traits. Professionally Shylock lends money to people in debt, in order to gain interest and profit. Although, this is very much central to our modern way of life, in the Elizabethan period, money lending was not accepted as an acceptable profession. Throughout "The Merchant of Venice" Shylock is portrayed as menacing, inhumane and slightly eccentric, yet at times misunderstood and induces sympathy from the reader....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1254 words
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The Merchant of Venice - Society tends to define people as being either victims or villains due to the actions, beliefs and decisions present in their lives. In the Merchant of Venice, this separation between those good and evil is existent in the Venetian community, especially for the character of Shylock. Although one may think that Shylock is a victim in this play, as a result of other’s wrong-doing, Shylock is rather a villain because he conspired to kill Antonio through his bond, wished to see his daughter dead for him to retain his wealth, and refused to show even mercy so as he could get his revenge on Antonio....   [tags: good and evil, society, victims, villains]
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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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Analysis of Act One Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice - Analysis of Act One Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to loan Bassanio three -thousand ducats for a term of three months. Bassanio assures Shylock that Antonio will guarantee the loan, but Shylock is doubtful because Antonio's wealth is currently invested in business ventures that may fail. In the end, however, Shylock decides that Antonio's guarantee of the loan will be sufficient assurance, and asks to speak with him....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1220 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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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice The play centres on two main characters, Antonio, an extremely wealthy merchant and Shylock, a very wealthy Jew. In Venice, a person's word was their bond. A promise made by word of mouth was the same as having an agreement in writing; they had to keep their word or pay the consequences. Shylock is a usurer, a person who lends sums of money to others, charging vast amounts of interest. However, Antonio also lends amounts of money, but minus the interest....   [tags: Merchant of Venice Essays] 1208 words
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