Shylock can be called a tragic hero because he is undone by a tragic flaw in the end. Being a Jew, Shylock is already shown to be “evil” to Christians.
Mark you this, Bassanio,
The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
An evil soul, producing holy witness,
Is like a villain with a smiling cheek (1,3, 97-100)
Antonio says this secretly to Bassanio when Shylock quotes the bible to explain why interest is necessary. Launcelot, Shylock’s servant, says something similar in Act 2, Scene 2. “...I should stay with the Jew my master, who (God bless the mark!) is the devil himself. Certainly the Jew is the very devil incarnation...” (20-24).
Vengeance also has a part in defining Shylock as a tragic hero. As a wealthy moneylender in... [continues]
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