Free Essays on Shylock Speech

  1. Was Shylock A Victim Or A Villain

    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...

  2. Critical Essay: 'the Merchant of Venice' by Shakespeare - Shylock Character Study

    Critical Essay: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ - Shylock Character Study Shakespeare’s play ‘The Merchant of Venice’ starts off in Venice with Shylock as a simple money lender. His intentions seem reasonable to begin with, he sounds a nice man then he does a soliloquy saying how much hatred he has for...

  3. Merchant of Venice: Dehumanization of Shylock

    In William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the idea of the “normality” of everyday prejudices comes across in interactions and the portrayal of Shylock, a Jewish moneylender in Venice. Through Shylock’s character, Shakespeare provides a commentary on how his society has viewed Judaism in a dehumanizing...

  4. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Essay, Is Shylock a Victim or Villain? Grade a

    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...

  5. Merchant of Venice Shylock

    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...

  6. Shylock: Victim or Villain

    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...

  7. Pieces of Idea on the Merchant of Venice

    MERCHANT OF VENICE      Author: ilpleut   Supervisor:***      Pieces of Idea on the Merchant of Venice      Key words: Shakespeare, Anti-Semitism, Shylock         Outline:   The History of Jews in England and the Prejudice against Them   The Jews had been discriminated against since they entered...

  8. speech

    Main points - Developed in body of speech 2. Logical (main points of speech) 3. Reasons (main points of speech) 4. Specific (main points of speech) 6. Chronologically Developed in body of speech: -Logical - Reasons -Specific. (example: Why bike to school speech - logical-ecological..., Reasons-its...

  9. To what extent does shakespeare intend the audience to sympathise with shylock in "the merchant of venice"

    To what extent does Shakespeare intend the audience to sympathise with Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" "The Merchant of Venice" is a problem play, because it could be seen as a tragedy or a comedy. The contemporary audience would have mainly consisted of predominantly white males, they are an anti-semitic...

  10. nisrin

    free Antonio from Shylock, so Bassanio is the likeliest candidate. major conflict  · Antonio defaults on a loan he borrowed from Shylock, wherein he promises to sacrifice a pound of flesh. rising action  · Antonio’s ships, the only means by which he can pay off his debt to Shylock, are reported lost...

  11. Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice does portray a prejudiced message. This is first evident in Act one when Shylock openly says to himself, "I hate him because he is a Christian....May my people be cursed if I forgive him!" All throughout the book the Christians are battling with the Jews and neither of them...

  12. Freedom of speech

    The Freedom of Speech or The Freedom of Equality College is a time when most individuals are experiencing major changes and begin to explore new perspectives. The key factors in changing the perspective of an individual are the transition in becoming more independent, creating new insights and peer...

  13. Merchant of Venice

    Shylock - A Jewish moneylender in Venice. Angered by his mistreatment at the hands of Venice’s Christians, particularly Antonio, Shylock schemes to eke out his revenge by ruthlessly demanding as payment a pound of Antonio’s flesh. Although seen by the rest of the play’s characters as an inhuman monster...

  14. Rascist Speech

    On Racist Speech: A Critical Analysis Introduction Charles R. Lawrence III, a professor of law at Stanford University, wrote the article “On Racist Speech” against the growing incidence of racial violence, especially in University campuses in the U.S. A college campus has the status of a “home” for...

  15. The Merchant of Venice - Shylock: Villain or Victim?

    which the play or novel was written. In the ‘Merchant of Venice' it can be argued that Shylocks character undergoes a metamorphosis from villain to victim. However, in this essay I hope to discuss whether in fact Shylock can be defined as either villain or victim and to form an opinion of what Shakespeare...

  16. 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...

  17. Discuss the Relationship Between Jessica and Shylock, Are We Meant to Sympathize with the Moneylender’s Daughter? Does Shakespeare Seem Ambivalent in His Portrayal of Jessica? Grade C

    apparent when Shylock quotes: “She is damned for it...My own flesh and blood to rebel”[Act III, Scene I] After reading this extract I believe Shakespeare is leading the audience to sympathise with both characters. We sympathise with Jessica as it is evident that Jessica's hatred for Shylock is so great...

  18. preparing for a speech

    I. Plan the Speech: Identify the topic of your speech. Choose a single focused message rather than trying to cover multiple topics. Pinpoint your audience. Are you speaking to children or adults? Are you speaking to people who know nothing about your topic or people who are experts on your topic...

  19. Shylocks Speach

    turned into a Jew. Exeunt SOLANIO, SALARINO, and MAN SOLANIO, SALARINO, and ANTONIO’s SERVANT exit. SHYLOCK How now, Tubal? What news from Genoa? Hast thou found my daughter? SHYLOCK Hello, Tubal. Any news from Genoa? Did you find my daughter? 70 TUBAL I often came where I did hear of...

  20. How Far Is Shylock a Character for Whom We Can Feel Sympathy? How Would a Contemporary Audience's Response to Him Differ from That of an Audience in Shakespeare's Time?

    against is Shylock. He is hated for being a Jew and a money-lender, but Shakespeare has not made Shylock a character easy to sympathise with. He appears to be mean and cruel and it seems as though he loves money above all things. However during the play there are moments when Shakespeare gives Shylock speeches...

  21. Reaction Paper in the Movie: the Merchant of Venice

    Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock. He is a Jew, that much we are told in the cast list. But, as the play unfolds Shylock is seen to be the villian. He is protrayed as being cold, unbending, and evil. But is he? Is Shylock really the antagonist in this play or can he also be...

  22. Shylock Mechant of Venice

    An interesting character in the play “Merchant Of Venice” by Shakespeare is Shylock. Shylock is a successful Jewish moneylender. He’s an interesting character in the play because he is a character that people are debating about. On one hand he is described as the Stereotypical evil Jewish and on the...

  23. Reagan Speech Analysis

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  24. Merchant of Venice Rhetorical Analysis

    this opportunity arises for one particular Jew, Shylock. Shylock stirs up a range of emotions in the audience, when giving a speech to support his claim that he is entitled to regard the Christians with the same ill-treatment they have shown him. Shylock, the speaker, is a Jewish moneylender in Venice...

  25. A Not-Quite Happy Ending: Hazard and Love in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

    keeping safe Nerissa’s ring” (5.1.306-7). Venice is widely considered a comedy with dramatic elements. Shylock provides the drama; the intertwining love stories the comedy. But even omitting the Shylock storyline, there is a very deep level of pathetic drama at work. This essay will argue that the undertone...

  26. Shylock

    Jews? 3. How might you feel about someone who regularly bullied or discriminated against you? 4. The main character in The Merchant of Venice is Shylock, a Jew who is portrayed as unkind, money- grabbing and vengeful. Given the historical background, do you think Shakespeare was being anti-Semitic...

  27. Brutus Speech

    funeral speech for Julius Caesar In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the character, Marcus Brutus, makes a speech to the Romans, Countrymen, and Lovers of Caesar, explaining why he killed Caesar, and to prove to them that he did it for the good of Rome. His speech is successful...

  28. nothing

    In looking at the relationship between Jessica and Shylock, we are again forced to walk a fine line between sympathizing with and despising Shylock. For all intents and purposes, the play should label Shylock’s mistreatment by his own daughter as richly deserved. After all, he is spiteful, petty, and...

  29. The Merchant of Venice

    where Bassanio visits a Jewish moneylender, Shylock, and persuades him to lend the 3,000 ducats. Antonio has agreed to be bound for him in case of forfeiture. Antonio and Shylock despise each other: Antonio, because Shylock lends money at interest; Shylock, because Antonio spurns him like a dog and...

  30. relationship between shylock and jessica

    relationship between jessica and shylock . arThere are ABSOLUTELY no membership fees at Brainia.com. We simply request that you donate one paper to the site. Please fill out the form below to join the site. Your account will be activated immediately.e we meant to sym Page Four Everywhere one looks...

  31. The Battle Between Cgristianity and Judaism

    and Shylock despise one another. Money is a motif which interrelates with the religion motif. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. This speech is imperative in the characterization of Shylock. Jews are commonly stereotyped as misers, and Shylock possesses...

  32. Merchant of Venice Film

    opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of someone; and it occurred quite often in this play. Whether it was the racist relationship between Shylock and Antonio or the religious discrimination between Jews and Christian, prejudice always affected the way that people treat and thinks of each other...

  33. Discuss the Moral Issues Raised in ‘the Merchant of Venice’

    running themes throughout the play. The scene takes place immediately after the dukes appeal to shylock to withdraw his bond. It is followed with portia's speech, which outlines the idea of mercy. Shylocks answer to her illustrates his desire for revenge and Bassanio’s comments highlight the issue of...

  34. Merchant of Venice - Casting directors book merchant of venice

    merchant of venice Shylock – In the novel Shylock is portrayed as a greedy Jewish Money lender. He is the father to Jessica and the enemy to Antonio. In act two it is clear that money is very important to Shylock. When Shylock hears about Jessica’s elopement it seems to be that Shylock is more interested...

  35. Discuss the Relationship Between Jessica and Shylock, Are We Meant to Sympathize with the Moneylender’s Daughter? Does Shakespeare Seem Ambivalent in His Portrayal of Jessica? Grade C

    The relationship between Shylock and Jessica is that of a complex nature, we are shown elements of anger and betrayal. I regard the most distinguished of these emotions as betrayal. Jessica surrenders her religion, and in many ways humiliates and abandons her father, the effect of betrayal is...

  36. ‘Shylock Is a Jew in a Predominantly Christian Society Just as Othello Is…Living in a Predominantly White Society. but Unlike Othello, Shylock Rejects the Christian Community as Firmly as It Rejects Him.’ (W.H. Auden, ‘

    Question: ‘Shylock is a Jew in a predominantly Christian society just as Othello is…living in a predominantly white society. But unlike Othello, Shylock rejects the Christian community as firmly as it rejects him.’ (W.H. Auden, ‘The Dyer’s Hand’, 1963. Quoted in ‘Shakespeare’s Comedies’, edited...

  37. 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...

  38. jane eyre feminism

    Venice in which a man of Jewish descent, Shylock, is trying to show to others how he is no different from them. He asks them whether or not a Jew will bleed when pricked, or whether or not they experience emotion, or have dimensions. Just as his famous speech is one for the equality of the races, this...

  39. Why Shylock Is a Complex Character

    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...

  40. Shylock Speech & Analysis

    “Hath not a Jews eyes” (III.i.49-61) Shylock, the main character, is depicted as a weasel who grotesquely demands a "pound of flesh" in the “name of friendship.” Characterized as one who fits the stereotypical Jew; he therefore, in an exaggerated form, loans money and meddles in usury. His portrayal...

  41. The Relationship Between Antonio and Shylock

    towards cross dressing Portia ( Karn Newman) Discuss the relationship between Antonio and Shylock. (James Orrork) In William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, two of the main players, Antonio and Shylock, have an unexplainable hatred for one another. There are many speculations to why these characters...

  42. All the World's a Stage

    Reminiscent of the philosopher Jaque's speech in As You Like It, "All the world's a stage,/And all the men and women merely players," this line is spoken by Antonio in an attempt to explain his recent melancholy to his friends. Gratiano has just opined that this sadness is linked to his worries about...

  43. Merchant of Venice

    The three main characters are named Antonio, Shylock and Bassanio. The title character is the leading merchant Antonio who is a wealthy, respected, and popular man. During the play Antonio asks a Jewish money lender named Shylock to borrow money, Shylock agrees to give Antonio the money but he wants...

  44. Shylock: Victim or Villain?

    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...

  45. My Three Shylocks A study of the character, Shylock

    2, 2001 Paper #3 My Three Shylocks Shylock, the Jew, is the most memorable and controversial character in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. In the course of the four centuries that have elapsed since the first presentation of this work, the portrayal of Shylock has become a mirror of each succeeding...

  46. The Feud Between Antonio Shylock

    Shakespeare has expressed the feud between Shylock and Antonio in the Merchant of Venice. From the character list we can identify factors that will affect how the feud between Shylock and Antonio is portrayed as we learn that Antonio is of the Christian faith and Shylock is a Jew and at the time that the play...

  47. Sympathize with Shylock

    Do you 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...

  48. 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...

  49. How does Shakespeare use language differentley for Shylock and Portia?

    George Mansfield English Essay 22/12/2013 How does Shakespeare use language differently for Portia and Shylock? In the judgement scene of Act 4 Scene 1 Shylocks insistence on the literal implementation of the bond makes him believe that he has more power than the Christians. With Christianity being...

  50. Shylock - Villain or Victim?

    Shylock refuses, as he wants to take his revenge on the Christians who have criticized him because he is a Jew. Again, this shows his ruthless, cold side; he has no remorse. Portia asks to have a surgeon by his side, just in case Antonio bleeds to death. Portia then reads the bond and discovers that...

  51. jessica and shylock

    Lorenzo and allowing him to court her, lying to her father, abandoning him, and stealing from him; she’s hardly the docile, obedient daughter that Shylock takes her for. Although she feels some pangs of guilt (“Alack, what heinous sin is it in me / To be ashamed to be my father’s child! / But though I...

  52. jessica n shylock

    Familial Love (Jessica and Shylock) 1) What forms the foundation of the relationship between the two characters your group has been assigned? (Think about the ties they have with one another, how are they drawn to one another etc.) There is familial love between Jessica and Shylock but Jessica is unfilial...

  53. hello

    proves that Shakespeare was an anti-Semite. Antonio and Shylock, two similar businessmen of Venice, are viewed differently and are treated oppositely because Shylock is not a Christian but a Jew. One example of this is the way Launcelot treats Shylock in Act 2. In act 2, Launcelot is debating with himself...

  54. Shylock - Villain vs Victim

    I agree to an extent. In the "Merchant of Venice", Shylock is portrayed as both a victim and a villain. Christians looked down on him, and he suffered humiliation and prejudice because of his job as a usurer and his race. However, he is also vengeful and cunning, and jumps as every chance to take revenge...

  55. 10 1 Act1 3 Answers

    Questions 1. Bassanio contact Shylock regarding the loan. What are the terms of the loan? What does it mean for Antonio to be “bound” to a loan? The terms of the loan was Interest free The guarantor was to be Antonio If Bassanio did not repay the loan in three months, then Shylock would take a pound of flesh...

  56. Who Is More of a Villain? Shylock or Antonio?

    based around the question, Is Shylock a Victim or a Villain? I will be looking into further detail within the book to decide the most appropriate answer. I will also be giving evidence such as quotes to back up my judgements. Villain: One reason that makes me think Shylock has evil lurking within him...

  57. i am a god orator

    between Shylock and Jessica is that of a complex nature, we are shown elements of anger and betrayal. I regard the most distinguished of these emotions as betrayal. Jessica surrenders her religion, and in many ways humiliates and abandons her father, the effect of betrayal is apparent when Shylock quotes: ...

  58. Shakespeare the Merchant of Venice

    traced to the historical separation between the Christian doctrines and Jewish law concerning charging interest during the middle ages. Antonio and Shylock revealed their similarities and differences through the virtues of loyalty, generosity, and courage. Antonio a Venetian maritime merchant showed...

  59. The Merchant of Venice

    land or have a trade which meant that money lending was all that was available to them. The modern audience may be horrified by the attitude towards Shylock. In the play Antonio, a rich merchant whose money is temporally tied up in his business, agrees to borrow three thousand ducats...

  60. The People

    In William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", there are undoubtedly times when Shylock is hated unreservedly by the audience, and yet at other times he may become a figure of sympathy. Modern perceptions of him are frequently the direct opposite of what would have been expected from the Elizabethans...