60 Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. Merchant of Venice

    towards Jews in 17th century England through the use of a commonly known stereotype during the time, the racial tension between Jews and Christians. Shylock is the focal point of the play, and acts as the traditional stereotype of the Jew in Elizabethan times. He is comically pictured as a greedy Jew and...

  3. Rabindranath tagore

    Shylock Although critics tend to agree that Shylock is The Merchant of Venice’s most noteworthy figure, no consensus has been reached on whether to read him as a bloodthirsty bogeyman, a clownish Jewish stereotype, or a tragic figure whose sense of decency has been fractured by the persecution he endures...

  4. Merchant of venice

    Jewish moneylender Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and most famous character. Antonio has already made an enemy of Shylock through his outspoken antisemitism, and also because Antonio's habit of lending money without interest forces Shylock to charge lower rates. Shylock is at first reluctant...

  5. Tragic Elements in M of V

    remembered for its dramatic scenes, and is best known for Shylock and the famous "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech. Also notable is Portia's speech about "the quality of mercy". The title character is the merchant Antonio, not the Jewish moneylender Shylock, who is the play's most prominent and most famous character...

  6. 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...

  7. Merchant of Venice Essay and Outline

    In the play The Merchant of Venice Shylock, a rich Jewish moneylender in Venice agrees to loan Bassanio three thousand ducats on Antonio’s guarantee. Shylock is made to be the villain in the Merchant of Venice because of some of the things he does. But even though he may not have been the only one in...

  8. Merchant of Venice Questions Act 4

    Duke assume Shylock will do (4.1.15-33)? What is Shylock's response? Why is Shylock unwilling to show mercy? How does he respond to the Venetians and their call for mercy (4.1.88-99)? What is his ultimate claim (even "threat") in demanding justice (4.1.100-101)? The duke summons Shylock into the courtroom...

  9. ‘Shylock Is a Villain as a Result of the Way He Has Been Treated.’ Discuss.

    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 in love...

  10. 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...

  11. Justice and Mercy in the Merchant of Venice

    Christians and Shylock, unlike mercy. Shylock is unable to feel any remorse for Antonio and the Christians because of the hate he has for them. Stubbornness and hatred can cause misfortune; the morally superior have a right to justice. As the trial scene begins, the Duke speaks about Shylock as an inhuman...

  12. Merchant of Venice

    Shylock, a rich Jewish moneylender who harbors a secret hatred for Antonio, has agreed to lend Bassanio three thousand ducats for three months, on Antonio's bond. Foregoing his usual high interest rate, Shylock demands instead that if the day for payment falls due and the money is not returned, he may...

  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. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. The Merchant of Venice Essay (Shylock as a Villain)

    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 forgiveness or mercy towards Antonio. Finally Shylock manipulates others...

  17. 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...

  18. The Merchant of Venice

    is Shylock who is a Jew and is an outcast in his city. He also gets treated like filth by the Christian people. In my essay I will be deciding if Shylock is a victim or villain in the play. The first words Shylock says in the play is ‘Three thousand ducats’ which tells the audience that Shylock is a...

  19. 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...

  20. Shakespeare's the Merchant of Venice

    the play The Merchant of Venice two fathers attempt to impose strict rules on their daughters. The characters that were affected by their fathers’, Shylock and Portia father were Jessica and Portia. Both daughters had two different personalities in terms of their behavior patterns. In contrast, Portia...

  21. Shakespeare and Anti-Semitism in the Merchant of Venice

    actively working to subvert spread of Christianity. The religious grounds of this anti-Semitism means that if a Jew converted to Christianity, as Shylock is forced to do in The Merchant of Venice, then all will be forgiven as the repentant Jew is embraced by the arms of the all merciful Christian God...

  22. Jessica and Portia

    Jessica and Portia- two female characters portrayed in Merchant of Venice Jessica is Shylock’s daughter but hates living with him. Since Shylock and his daughter are Jews, he carries a huge amount of hatred for all Christians and his hatred for them causes Jessica to have hate for her own father since...

  23. 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...

  24. Merchant of Venice Summary

    Character List - Spark notes 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...

  25. The Merchant of Venice

    Explore and explain the ways in which Shakespeare portrays Shylock as both a victim and a villain in “The Merchant of Venice” Looks closely at Shylock’s key speeches in Act 1 scene 3, Act 3 scene 1 and his treatment in the trial scene. Comment on the likely responses to his portrayal of an Elizabethan...

  26. The Virtuous Shylock

    The Virtuous Shylock For contemporary readers of The Merchant of Venice, it can be confusing how Portia is depicted as a virtuous character, even after her humiliation of Shylock while, defending Antonio in court. Portia uses the legal system in a deceiving and purposely misleading way, which...

  27. Kjjjlh

    disloyalty, and neglect. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender who has lent three thousand ducats to Bassanio. There is a bond created between the two, which states Bassanio is to pay back in three months or Antonio looses a pound of flesh to Shylock. During the three months, Shylock suffers from recurrent ridicule...

  28. Shylock the Jew

    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...

  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. 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...