Shakespeare doesn’t create an obvious distinction between Shylocks villainy, or his victimisation. It is almost impossible to distinguish Shakespeare’s views only Jews, since he portrays them as evil, scheming, deceitful villains, as well as abused and suffering victims. Shakespeare seems to have written The Merchant of Venice with an unbiased view, which perhaps makes the play even more dramatic. Making Shylock both a villain and a victim draws hatred, as well as sympathy from the crowd, making them feel all extremes of their emotions. Shakespeare used this in all of his plays, which may partially explain his outstanding success as a playwright.
The audience and Jessica are aware, that as soon as Shylock leaves Jessica alone in his house she will steal from him. However, Shylock is not aware of this. Shylock is deeply grieved at his loss of money and his daughter. Shylock's own daughter running away and stealing from him contributes to the mockery that Shylock suffers from the other characters in the play. "Solanio: As the dog Jew did utter in the street: ... ... middle of paper ... ...lock as he had treated Bassanio and all present in court.
He has no power until the part when he gets the bond over Antonio, he also has power of his daughter throughout the whole play and he treats his daughter really badly and in my opinion that makes him a villain in his daughter's eyes. He is becoming victimised by the people of Venice, ironically similar to the way he is treating his daughter, he is making her a ... ... middle of paper ... ... the "Jew" accepts it. This makes Shylock a victim especially the fact that he had to become Christian. All in all I feel that Shylock in this play was a victim and villain equally but if I was living in Shakespearian time I would have probably considered Shylock to be a villain because I would have a different point of view. In those times it was ordinary to consider Jews to be villains because of their religion.
Shylock hates Antonio, not only on principle, as the Christians hate him, but also due to Antonio's own money lending activities and this, his cardinal sin, of charging no interest. As Shylock says, "I hate him for he is a Christian; but more, for in low simplicity he lends out money gratis, and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice." Even now, you can recognise Shylock's hatred, firstly upon principle of religion, and secondly hatred on behalf of his business, which may be the most important thing to Shylock apart from his beloved religion. The burden of his race gives Shylock both a sense of righteous indignation and an overwhelming sense of ... ... middle of paper ... ... he ever want to marry Portia? By the end of the play, I had almost forgotten that the only reason was because he wanted a steady source of income without the hassle of working.
Shylock also showed how mercenary he was as when his daughter ran off, and he seemed to be more worried about his money than his daughter. However, Shylock might have been a flawed character, but did not deserve the punishment he received from Antonio. All in all, Shylock was very revengeful and sadistic but this was due to the treatment by Antonio and the other Christians but he has no excuse for being mercenary and putting his money before his daughter.
But this has gone too far, using a family in mourning is too much, even for Huck. Huck is able to see through the transparent scheme, but the people being conned never do, and Huck starts to feel slightly responsible. These con men push Huck to become a better person. Huck begins to see through the duke and the king’s plans and see how it really affects innocent people. “I says to myself, this is a girl that I’m letting him rob her of her money,” Huck knows that the Wilks girls are nice and will live an awful life without the money left to them (Twain 176).
Fled with a Christian! O my Christian ducats!’ confused, he doesn’t know whether to sob for his daughter or for his stolen ducats. I really have no sympathy for Shylock by the loss of his daughter because I believe he was more slightly more concerned about his ducats than his daughter. ‘I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear: would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin!’(Act 3 Scene 1) This harsh quote also proves to me that he loves his money and jewels more than his daughter. The loss of his daughter also fuels Shylocks for Antonio (for he is a Christian) ‘I’ll plague him;
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. Shakespeare also suggests that it is this discrimination that forces Shylock to act in revengeful and greedy ways. In the very begging of the play Shylock displays himself as the stereotypical Jewish villain by saying “I hate him, for he is Christian” Shakespeare wrote this for a fully Christian audience in a time where Jews were demonised for there role in “The Passion of Christ” So this shallow statement would instantly turn the audience of that time against Shylock. Furthermore, Shylocks role as a greedy moneylender also show him as a man obsessed with wealth.
Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice This essay is an analysis of how the character of Shylock, in the play 'The Merchant of Venice', is presented to the audience, by Shakespeare, in different ways. The riveting play shows the best and worst aspects of human nature and contains one of Shakespeare's most reviled, complex and compelling characters. Love and romance end this play, yet before that come bigotry, racism, hatred, death threats and money-especially the money. The dramatic courtroom scene and Shylock's cruel downfall will challenge your heart and your sense of justice. Shylock is a successful Jewish moneylender, who is filled with bitter words for the Christians, much prejudiced over his own religion and the practice of moneylenders, such as himself, of charging interest.
‘He hates our sacred nation’ suggests that Shylock has acted on behalf of his Jewish nation and not just upon the personal grudge between himself and Antonio. Shakespeare has written Shylocks character in order to impress two different eras, which I feel he succeeds in. He raises a series of different issues which enable audience to express there contrasting views. He creates Shylock in such a way he is portrayed as an Elizabethan scoundrel but a modern case to pity. I believe it is the racism and prejudice Shylock undergoes which adds to the drama of the play and creates more sympathy for his character.