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  • Shylock - 746 Words
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a Russian novelist, once said, "Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity." In The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Shylock, one of the main characters, receives harsh punishment and injustice in court. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender in Venice and is discriminated against by the people of Venice because of his religion. Shylock goes to court seeking a pound of the flesh of Antonio, a merchant in Venice. Antonio...
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  • Shylock - 4156 Words
    《威尼斯商人》是莎翁早期的喜剧作品,并因其塑造的贪婪残忍的商人形象夏洛克而堪称经典。夏洛克被认为是一个站在正义对立面的小丑。他心胸狭隘、吝啬、自私,是传统意义上的反面人物。本文首先介绍”二元对立论”和”解构主义”理论的特点以及他们在文学批评上的应用;然后结合《威尼斯商人》中的选段,分别从两种理论角度来分析夏洛克的形象;并从三个方面即故事发生的社会背景,夏洛克的自身性格因素和莎士比亚的创作观分析,探索夏洛克多面性格的原因。本文旨在解构单一负面的夏洛克形象,展现其能言善辩、机智、热爱家庭的另一面,从而在读者心中重建一个更加丰满生动的夏洛克。 1.Introduction As an important means of Literary Criticism and an anti-traditional thought, Deconstruction has been widely used in criticizing the text. The main feature of Deconstruction is to prove that so-called two...
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  • Shylock - 479 Words
    The way a character gets its reputation is affected by the way the reader and other characters view them, and that perspective can change at any point throughout the storyline. In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is presented as the most developed character. Shakespeare purposely creates both an antagonist and protagonist in Shylock, by creating a change in view for the reader throughout the play. He can be viewed as a hated Jew that is often referred to as a villain, a...
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  • Shylock Essay - 288 Words
    Shylock is one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing creations who has been identified as a character who can fluctuate to extremes. Shylocks elaborate and complex nature has never been completely understood within the plays and movies, causing stage director and cinematic producers to alter his character continuously. During early Elizabethan times Shylock would have been played by a comedian who wore a grotesque false nose and red wig; cleverly these props were used to insinuate to the audience...
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  • Shylock Essay - 904 Words
    Complex characters can be very difficult to relate to. Their split personalities can be very misleading and cause the reader to make inaccurate assumptions. One moment he or she could be a positive, innocent individual, and then they could suddenly reveal themselves as a devious, evil mastermind. William Shakespeare created several of these complex characters in literature over the years including Macbeth, Hamlet, and Romeo. In another one of Shakespeare’s plays, “Merchant of Venice”, the...
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  • Shylock the Jew - 675 Words
    Shylock, a miserly Jew is considered a bloodthirsty bogeyman in The Merchant of Venice. However, he is treated disgracefully by the Christians through their mocking his religion, refusing to trade with him and spitting at him on the streets. In the play, he’s insultingly called a “Jew” rather than by his name. Therefore, Shylock is, as Shakespeare clearly portrays him, a victim not a villain. Shylock is the play’s antagonist because of his villainy and miserly habits but he also had suffered...
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  • Shylock Villain Or Victim - 1716 Words
    In ‘ The Merchant of Venice ’ is Shylock presented as a victim or a villain? Many people can interpret Shylock as a villainous character which is pictorialized through his on-going battle of revenge against his ‘arch enemy’ Antonio. Upon only skimming the surface of his character do you immediately acknowledge that he is a bloodthirsty beast lusting for Antonio’s one pound of flesh. On the other hand you can view him as a victim- a constant target of all Christian antagonists. It can be...
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  • The Merchant of Venice and Shylock Offering
    Many different people can be good or bad or might seem good but actually bad or the other way around. In The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, shylock, the money lending Jew, is seen more like a villain then a victim. Shylock is a villain because he cares more about his money then he cares about his daughter, he is not merciful towards shylock and hewants a pound of flesh from Antonio for hi revenge. First of all shylock is a villain because he cares more about his ducats then his...
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  • Shylock: Victim or Villain? - 1316 Words
    Task: Shylock: Victim or Villain? From the book 'The Merchant of Venice.' Written by William Shakespeare Shakespeare sets his play within the 16th century. During this time Venice was a powerful city involved in trade and was a strong believer in the religion of Christianity. In the Merchant of Venice, Shylock is the only Jewish character, he is complicated, yet wise, and the one who gets tormented, mocked and humiliated in front of everyone....
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  • Shylock vs Aaron the Moor
    Bruce Park October 22, 2012 At the Disneyland entrance, two of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters have a fateful encounter. Shylock: What, cursed trash of this world?! You refuse to let me in despite my generous offer of 10 ducats payment? Ticket booth employee: Look, man, my job is hard enough as it is. Come back with some real cash or I’m going to have to call security. Aaron: Why hath this cavalcade halted? What holds us motionless here? (Shylock turns and makes eye contact...
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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...
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  • Shylock should be Pitied or Condemed
    Shylock is a man more to be pitied then condemned. To what extent do you agree with this statement? Be sure to refer to details of the play in your response. In the historic play “The Merchant of Venice” written by William Shakespeare, Shylock is one of the main characters who I have great pity for. Therefore I agree with the above statement that Shylock should be more pitied than condemned. Throughout the play we see Shylock involved in many different incidences and it is unknown whether he...
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  • Sympathising with Shylock - the Merchant of Venice
    Sympathising with Shylock As the story progresses, it becomes ever easier to sympathise with shylock. Shylock’s life is a hard one and just gets worse as he is introduced into the story. Shylock is a Jew and as a Jew at that time he was hated and discriminated against by Christians. ‘You call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish garberdine.’ Before Antonio needed to borrow money from Shylock he had insulted him and spat on him out of hate because Shylock was also guilty...
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  • Was Shylock A Victim Or A Villain
    The late sixteenth century play "˜The Merchant of Venice', one of Shakespeare's more popular comedies, is 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...
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  • Merchant of Venice Shylock Analysis
    Robert F. Kennedy stated, “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope... and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Shylock is the core of all ripples. He lashed out against the prejudice that was thrust upon him and is...
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  • Shylock Merchant of Venice - 718 Words
    The Merchant of 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...
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  • Shylock Diary Entry - 650 Words
    July 28 1601 Today, Antonio and Bassanio borrowed money from me, three thousand ducats. The merchant Antonio is so certain that his ships will come back. It’s like nothing will come on his ships way, ships are just boards and sailors are just men. Anything could come on his ships way like thieves, storms, winds and rocks. After a long debate with myself I decided that I’ll lend them money. The merchant, Antonio and I decided to make a bond just for fun. He thinks proud and...
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  • The Merchant of Venice-Shylock - 669 Words
    Shylock Shylock is presented as a malevolent, sly character; he is the villain of the story simply because of his religion. The opening stage direction is “Enter Bassanio with Shylock the Jew”, he is referred as “the Jew” from this we learn of the religious conflict between Jews and Christians’ in Shakespeare’s time. Shylocks opening line is “Three thousand ducats, well.” Through out this scene he repeatedly mentions ‘Three thousand ducats’ this reveals his obsession with money, also the...
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  • Merchant of Venice - Shylock - 1306 Words
    Shylock is “The Merchant of Venice” In William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice," there are many themes, symbols and words alike which take on a complex and dual nature. Not only can lines in the play be interpreted by the audience in multiple ways, they are meant to have multiple meanings. This duality can be seen in the characters as well. Shylock is portrayed as both a victim and a villain and our sense of him evolves as his character is revealed to us as “The Merchant of...
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  • Shylock: Victim or Villain - 739 Words
    Throughout the play, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare cultivates the idea of “Shylock the Jew” being both a villain and a victim each depending on the reader’s interpretation of the play. 16th century Venice was largely Roman Catholic and Christian. I think in correctly interpreting the play, we have to take a look at what influences Shakespeare may have had in devising Shylock’s character. In 16th century Europe, there was a massive revolt called the Reformation led by Saxon Monk named...
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  • Shylock a Victim or Villon - 528 Words
    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...
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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...
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  • Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil
    Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil? This essay will discuss whether Shylock is seen as the victim or the perpetrator. Whether he is characterized as a feeble man who loses everything or just a sinister old loon. I am ambivalent. I believe that Shylock is all of these things. I think, in one sense, he is able to evoke the audience’s sympathy through a variety of instances yet he causes us to loathe him through his brutal need for revenge and therefore his character. Shylock loathed Antonio,...
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  • Is Shylocks Revenge Justified?
    Is Shylock’s Revenge Justified? Shylock is a major character in the play, most people consider him a villain. He is a wealthy, moneylending Jew who practices usury. He’s revenge is justified for many reasons, these reasons include him being abused for being a Jew and a moneylender at the same time. Another reason is that Antonio prevents him from doing business as he loans money interest free. Shylock was a victim of an unjust trial which leaves Shylock’s will to live demolished as he is...
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  • Shylock a Victim - Merchant of Venice
    William Shakespeare is likely the world's most famous playwright. He is considered a genius for his skill with words, his understanding of people and of human nature, and his sense of what really pleases an audience. In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare uses his great skill in writing to make a character appear as if he is both a villain and a victim. A victim can be defined as an unfortunate person who suffers from a destructive action or through the dishonesty of others....
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  • Merchant of Venice Shylock - 772 Words
    Shylock: Villain or Victim It is without doubt that William Shakespeare’s suspenseful play of The Merchant of Venice evokes complex feelings within a reader. Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as the antagonist, a miserable, cruel and prosaic figure menacing enough to endanger the happiness of Venetian citizens. At the same time, one feels a curious compassion for this character. In the 2004 film of The Merchant of Venice adaptation starring Al Pacino, Shylock is portrayed as a...
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  • Why Shylock Is a Complex Character
    The way a character gets its reputation is affected by the way the reader and other characters view them, and that perspective can change at any point throughout the storyline. In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is presented as the most developed character. Shakespeare purposely creates both an antagonist and protagonist in Shylock, by creating a change in view for the reader throughout the play. He can be viewed as a hated Jew that is often referred to as a villain, a devil,...
    2,402 Words | 6 Pages
  • Is Shylock A Victim Or A Villain Practi
     ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare is a play in which one of the main characters is portrayed as both a villain and a victim. The audience’s interpretation of Shylock oscillates throughout the play. We must also recognize that Shylock has most likely become a villain as a result of being unfairly victimized for having Jewish heritage. During the sixteenth century, when the play was written, mistreatment towards Jews was common; especially in Venice as it was an anti-sematic city....
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  • Comparison of Shylock and Antonio's Character
    Antonio and Shylock are both successful entrepreneurs in Venice but they both have different attitudes and experiences. When Antonio is asking Shylock for the loan he says, “Within these two months – that’s a month before this bond expires – I do expect, return of thrice times the value of this bond.” (1.3.169-170). Antonio and Shylock both are well off and successful businessmen. Antonio, being a man who is treats everyone nicely, lends his good name to Bassanio to woo Portia. Shylock on the...
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  • Shylock: Villain or Victim - 6143 Words
    Shylock: Victim or Villain? He is a Jewish moneylender who earns his living by charging interest on money he loans (like modern banks). He often speaks prose in the play, which marks him out as an outsider. He is persecuted by all the non-Jews he knows: He tells Antonio, "suff'rance is the badge of all our tribe". He is verbally abused and bullied by most characters in the play and is called cruel names including "villain with a smiling cheek, cut-throat dog, bloody creditor, damned...
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  • Shylock: Victim or Villain - 1724 Words
    Shylock: Victim or Villain? Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as many things, both victim and villain, therefore making him an extremely ambiguous character. On one hand, he is a very villainous character as shown when he declares that he wishes his daughter was ‘…dead at my food, and the jewels in her ear.’ This quote clearly shows his desire for wealth rather than love or family. On the other hand, Shylock is shown to be a victim when he claims that ‘Suff’rance is the badge of my...
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  • Shylock and His Victimacy - 426 Words
    Even thought it seemed like Shylock loved his money more than his daughter, it was still a very cruel thing to do to any one. This is because after harsh words like these you can see why Shylock is so driven to want to kill Antonio. The continuos onslaught of comments towards Shylock, makes him a more sympathetic character. Although this was a cruel thing to do, it was not the worst of the trials that Shylock was put through. After the trial between Shylock and Antonio, Shylock was cheated out...
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  • Merchant of Venice - Shylock - 844 Words
    The Merchant of Venice - of Shylock Shylock was mistreated by Christians in particularly Antonio before they entered into their bond. It is understandable that this would be, because Jews were mistreated by the Christians and that's just the way it was during those times. The Jews were segregated and forced to live in a ghetto and were abused by the Christians. It is know wonder that when Shylock was presented with an opportunity to reciprocate, he would. However, Shylock also did his...
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  • Shylock Argumentative Essay - 803 Words
    Kimberly Nguyen Indelicato English 1 Honors 8 December 2014 Is Shylock a Villain or Victim? Shylock is a Victim All villains were once victims. A villain is someone who intentionally hurts someone physically, mentally, and/or emotionally for their own satisfaction and pleasure. A victim is someone who is hurt physically, mentally, and/or emotionally. The Merchant of Venice, a play written by William Shakespeare, is about a man who is pushed to the breaking point and turns ...
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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...
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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 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...
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  • Shylock: Villain or victim? - 908 Words
    Good morning ladies and gentlemen, Our names are Agustin Gonzalez Chaves and Sol Sundblad and we are here to pose the question that has made 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...
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  • Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Victim or Villian?
    Shakespeare Merchant of Venice Essay I have been studying the play The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare. The play genre is drama and it is set in the late 1590s. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. The play is about usury between a Christian and a Jew. The Christian is a man named Antonio, who is The Merchant of Venice. The Jew is a wealthy man called Shylock who is facing a lot of religious rivalry at the time. Antonio’s friend Bassanio comes to him to ask for...
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  • Shylock Is the Villain in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
    Shylock is the Villain 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...
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  • A Closer Look at Shylock vs. Antonio
    A Closer Look at Shylock vs. Antonio The play is set in Venice, Italy. During this time, Venice was full of wealth, royal merchants, luxuriously dressed people, and distinguished culture. An example of this description would be Antonio. Even though the society seemed perfect, there was also a downside to them. The play revealed prejudices of a society that practiced the religious persecution of Jews and Christian dignity and the cruel moneymaking and legal side of Venice. In...
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  • Shylock: a Stage History of Anti-Semitism
    Shylock: A Stage History of Anti-Semitism Part of what makes the works of William Shakespeare so significantly transcendental is that his plays are able to flourish through ever-changing societies. Over the course of nearly 400 years, his plays have remained some of the most beloved in literature because of their ability to speak to audiences of every age, race, ethnicity, class, and gender. By looking at the performance history of a specific play, or a specific character in that play, we...
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  • The Merchant of Venice Shylock Villain or Victim
    Shylock, Villain or victim? The Merchant of Venice June 8th, 2011 In the play The Merchant of Venice Shylock is supposed to be the protagonist, the definition of protagonist is; the leading character or a major character in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text. But the way Shylock is portrayed is more along the lines of being both victim and villain. Shylock is out for one pound of Antonio’s flesh which will in the end kill Antonio and the flesh will do him no good anyway. But...
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  • Merchant of Venice Shylock and Antonio Relationship
    Shylock and Antonio resent and dislike one another. Firstly, Shylock hates Antonio because he is a Christian; secondly, because Antonio is a Christian and therefore not allowed to charge interest, Antonio undercuts Shylock’s business by lending money without charging interest. The fact that Shylock does loan money and charges interest is another reason for Antonio not to like him. As a businessman, Antonio must resent Shylock's ability to earn extra money by charging interest. We know that...
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  • Does Shylock deserve his punishment?
    “There is no doubt that Shylock is a cunning and vengeful man, but nothing can justify the treatment he receives at the hands of the Christians.” How far do you agree with this statement? Does Shylock deserve his punishment? Shylock is punished by the Venetian court for seeking to end Antonio’s life. He is charged under a Venetian law (of Shakespeare’s creation) and he is forced to give up his wealth and to beg the Duke to spare him his life. Viewed like this it seems simple enough; Shylock...
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  • Shylock, a Victim of Himself in "The Merchant of Venice"
    In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock proves, ultimately, to be a victim of himself. Shylock brings about his own demise through his own deeds and misdeeds. Shylock begins to cause his own misfortune when Antonio approaches him for a loan to aid Bassanio in courting Portia. At first, Shylock is wary to lend Antonio the money. "I am debating of my present store...I cannot instantly raise up the gross of full three thousand ducats...Tubal...will furnish me...
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  • Character Comparisons - -Shylock vs. Antonio
    Since antiquity, Christians and Jews were seen as the antitheses of each other. The differences between the two religions were extensive and the people of the time were keen to exploit them. However, beneath the varying practices, Christians and Jews had many subtle similarities. This concept is portrayed in Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” where the conflict between the characters Antonio, a Christian and Shylock, a Jew reveals a likeness never seen before in a play of that time....
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  • The Effects of Money and Religion on Shylock and Antonio
    The Affects of Money and Religion on Antonio and Shylock In The Merchant of Venice money plays a huge role in the lives many of its characters, especially the main protagonists Antonio and Shylock. Antonio is shown as the stereotypical generous Christian and Shylock as a stereotypical moneylending Jew, being greedy and living in isolation. In the play money is used as a means of exploring the characters of Antonio and Shylock’s religion and inclusion within society. Shylock as a Jewish...
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  • The Merchant of Venice Essay (Shylock as a Villain)
    The Villain of The Merchant of Venice We all have a mind of our own and with that we can make the choice to do good or evil. So it is not our enemies that lure us to evil ways. It is our own minds that decide to do so. In the play, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Shylock is a villain because in the play Shylock uses deception and his knowledge of Antonio to exact his revenge, Shylock also shows that anger, revenge and hate has clouded his mind and so he chooses to show no...
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  • The Merchant of Venice: Shylock vs. Portia
    Shylock vs. Portia In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, a Christian merchant, Antonio, is forced to take a loan from a bitter Jew, Shylock, and when it is not repaid, Shylock has the right to take one pound of his flesh, but instead winds up being publicly disgraced by Portia, a wealthy heiress from Belmont. On the surface, in this seemingly anti-Semitic play, the merciless Jew deserved to be harshly punished, making Portia the honest and Christian heroine, saving the merchant’s life and...
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  • The Tragedy of Shylock, a Critical essay on Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
    Raymond Schmit � PAGE * MERGEFORMAT �6� Shakespeare The Tragedy of Shylock I had not read the _Merchant of Venice_ before this class. All of my familiarity with the play was based on hearsay, and for some reason I got the idea in my heads that it was a tragedy. I thought that Shylock_did_ receive a pound of flesh from Antonio, but that it was just skin removed from his back. This gruesome image was what I was waiting for during my entire reading of the play. But I was pleasantly surprised to...
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  • An Analysis of Major Characters; Shylock, Villain or Victim?
    An analysis of major characters: Shylock, villain or victim? Using evidence from act one and act two, it is believed that the revengeful shylock is indeed a villain based on his actions and statements. Firstly, through Shylock’s words, he shows how he is very spiteful. “I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following: but I will not eat with you drink with you, nor pray with you.” (1.3.30-33). In this quote, Shylock mentions to Bassanio how he will do...
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  • Merchant of Venice: Shylock More Sinned Against Than Sinning
    Is Shylock more sinned against than sinning? Many different views can be taken on the Jewish merchant Shylock in the play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ written by William Shakespeare. Although when taking into account the many trials and tribulations that Shylock had to endure, it is forthcoming to say that Shylock was more sinned against than sinning. There are key and defining moments in this play when it becomes more apparent as to why Shylock is acting out against Antonio. From early on when...
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  • How does Shakespeare compare and contrast the characters of Antonio and Shylock in the trial scene?
    Shakespeare portrays the characters Shylock and Antonio in the trial scene to be victims of the trial scene. In my opinion, Shylock is the main victim as he is discriminated for following a different religion to everyone else in the court. Being a Jew meant that the other people in the court were racist against Shylock meaning that they treated him unfairly in comparison to Antonio; who was helped in every way so that he could win the trial and Shylock would not get his pound of flesh....
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  • ‘Shylock Is a Villain as a Result of the Way He Has Been Treated.’ Discuss.
    The way in which discrimination plays a part in the 'the merchant of Venice' is very evident throughout the entire play. The view over the ' Jews' throughout the play is generally negative, this bias nature found throughout the play may influence the villainous and immoral actions performed by Shylock and his decisions which lead to him lawfully having the right to take one pound of Antonio's flesh, which Shylock immorally accepted. The situation arose when Antonio's great friend bassiano fell...
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  • "Shylock's Downfall": Is Shylock responsible for his downfall in Shakespeare's play The Merchant Of Venice?
    Shylock's Downfall: The Merchant of Venice By Raghav Kaushik [KorektPhool] In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock is partially responsible for his own downfall. Shylock is a victim of a society that values trade over human life; he falls foul to a city that regards Jews such as himself as inferiors; and even the intricate details of the law plays a part in his demise. It is true that Shylock feeds fat to the fire by treating the Christians with contempt; and his...
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  • Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Essay, Is Shylock a Victim or Villain? Grade a
    In The Merchant of Venice how does Shakespeare present both Shylock as both victim and villain? Throughout the play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, Shylock reveals many personalities; therefore making him such an emotionally complex and detailed character that shows elements of being both a victim and villain; and to come to my decision to whether Shylock is either of the two, other characters language towards him and his reactions will perceive different ideas from different era’s in time to...
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  • Critical Essay: 'the Merchant of Venice' by Shakespeare - Shylock Character Study
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