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Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo. In another one of Shakespeare’s plays, “Merchant of Venice”, the antagonist, Shylock, is often labeled as a complex character as well. He works as a Jewish moneylender in the predominantly Christian, Italy. During this time period, Shylock and his fellow Jews are treated as second-class citizens. In one of Shakespeare’s most powerful and memorable soliloquies, Shylock addresses Salerio and Solanio on what its like living openly as a Jew and all the injustice he has endured...

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Sympathize with Shylock

sympathise for Shylock? - Give reasons for your answer Should Shylock be shown pity or did he deserve how he was treated? Ever since Shylock was shown as a character by William Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice there have been many interpretations about him all throughout history. Some of these opinions are of the time are biased. Even different groups of people throughout the centuries have a different point of view about this man. In the 19th century (Elizabethan times) Shylock had been...

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Was Shylock A Victim Or A Villain

one that is portraying various peoples lives throughout Venice and Belmont. During the course of the play there is a concentration of thoughts and emotions towards the character Shylock, a Jewish usurer, this is the very character that we shall be concentrating the question in the title on. In most scenes the character Shylock has to deal with a lot of racial discrimination, which has at modern times become unacceptable to most people. Elizabethan society was largely anti-Semitic and as such the audience...

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shylock as avillian in merchant of venice

Shylock as Villian in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice             In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is  ShylockShylock 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...

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Shylock: Villain or victim?

us wonder many times while reading the Merchant Of Venice. Is Shylock really a victim or a villain? At first, we weren’t quite sure about the answer as throughout the play Shylock is portrayed as being both victim and villain. However, after reading and analyzing the book and getting enough evidence to prove our point, we finally made up our minds and decided which was the most suitable adjective for Shylock. On the one hand, Shylock might be considered as a villain as he is a miserly moneylender...

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Shylock a Victim or Villon

Is Shylock from the Merchant of Venice a villain or victim? My English teacher asked us this and it kept me thinking. Is Shylock a villain because of his attitude towards Christians or a victim because he lost his daughter and lost in court? 5 years ago Report Abuse CATHORIO Best Answer - Chosen by Voters Hi flow interesting question. But I have one for you??? Which is the greater love, Shylock's love for his daughter or his love of money??? Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare's...

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Shylock Merchant of Venice

Venice In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare portrays Shylock as a covetous Jew. Shylock charges interest to those who borrow money from him when they are in need. Shylock is mercenary. Shylock’s love for objects overweighs his love for his own daughter. This character trait shows that in Venetian times, it was a time of greed and selfishness. In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio discriminates against Shylock because he is a Jew. Shylock shows us his human moments –this embodies that he is as much...

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Evaluation of Shylock as a Tragic Hero

Shylock is a monster of cruelty, miser, greedy, suspicious ,cunning , bloodthirsty ,revengeful, mean ,a bad father and a bad master. But it is the circumstances that made him like this. Shylock is a tragic figure, trapped by prejudice and driven to revenge by the treatment he receives He is not cruel by nature. He is human in inner-self as the Christians are. He is therefore the most injured man, insulted, abused and disgraced by the Christians and even by his own daughter, His cruelty is made...

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Merchant of venice; Shylock character Study

How Does the Language and Stagecraft in Acts IV.i and V Reveal a sympathetic Portrayal of Shylock? Is this consistent with Elizabethan attitudes towards Jews? The anti Semitic message which plagued Europe throughout the Middle Ages has spawned many thought provoking, controversial plays. Its complex main character, the unforgettable Shylock expresses true emotions, develops throughout the production, and thus brings about a different portrayal of medieval Jews, previously limited to that of the...

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The Character of 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...

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