Free Essays on Shylock Speech

  1. Shylock Presnation

    How is Shylock presented in Act 1 Scene 3 in Shakespeare’s play, and in the performed version? Shylock is a character who is looked down upon by the society of Venice and Antonio is no exception to this. Antonio ‘spits’ on him and gives the ‘leg’ which is a kick in modern English. This was because...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: Was Shylock a Victim or a Villain?

    Such is the kind of racial discrimination toward Shylock, the Jewish character in "The Merchant of Venice." Some believe that the character as a greedy, coldhearted villain, which is not the case. In Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice," Shylock was a victim of years' struggle against discrimination...

  5. "The Merchant of Venice" What is Shylock shown as? Why is he made to seem this way? Is he good or Evil?

    Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant Of Venice", the character of Shylock is portrayed mainly as an evil Jew. He is based on the typical stereotype of a Jew from Shakespeare's time. They were despised and mocked in most places. However at times Shylock can be pitied. Shylock's evil is emphasised with the repetition...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. How does Shakespeare compare and contrast the characters of Antonio and Shylock in the trial scene?

    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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. How far can Shylock be understood as a 'Comic Villain'?

    How far can Shylock be understood as a comic villain? A ‘comic villain’ is a character in a play or novel who constitutes an important amoral agency in the plot, in a comedic or entertaining fashion. Many aspects of Shylock reflect this definition such as: his greedy lifestyle, and dismissive attitude...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. The Merchant of Venice-Shylock Analysis

    In Shakespeare’s edgy and suspenseful play, “The Merchant of Venice”, the character of Shylock may evoke complex feelings within the reader. Shylock is clearly a villain in the sense that he takes repeatedly takes advantage of people in vulnerable economic situations and makes a handsome living in this...

  24. 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...

  25. ‘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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. How Far Is Shylock a Character for Whom We Can Feel Sympathy?

    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? Shylock isn't a character for whom we can feel much sympathy for because he always seems to be thinking about himself and his money...

  29. The Merchant of Venice-Shylock

    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...

  30. 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...