Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Character Analysis in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

    Shylock builds up all the tension as well as Portia however Portia and her loyal serving girl Nerissa, use a great amount of dramatic irony. Even though the audience knows that both these characters are actually Balthazaar and his apprentice, Bassanio, Antonio and Shylock don't. This creates a brilliant...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Project

    loan is paid back. The Jew, Shylock, has no liking for Antonio, because Antonio has often insulted him for being a Jew, and because the Christian has on occasion lent money freely whereas the Jew always charges interest, and has consequently lost business. However, Shylock agrees to lend Bassanio money...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. Shylock a Victim - Merchant of Venice

    others. Although Shylock is viewed by Christians in the play as a cruel man, Shylock is a victim because he is mistreated, betrayed and his possessions, culture and dignity are taken away from him, all because he is a Jew. Shylock is a victim of the play because he is mistreated. Shylock is being abused...

  16. 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...

  17. nothing

    Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Redeemers The Revenge Of Shylock The revenge of Shylock Shylock: I shylock feel that Antonia has over the years spit in my face, kicked me, chastised my Jewish religion and beliefs and then has the nerve...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. Merchant of Venice Shylock Analysis

    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 considered evil for doing so. The Merchant of Venice...

  28. "Shylock's Downfall": Is Shylock responsible for his downfall in Shakespeare's play The Merchant Of Venice?

    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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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: ...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

  39. 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...

  40. 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...

  41. 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...

  42. Character Comparisons - -Shylock vs. Antonio

    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. Shakespeare first introduces Antonio with the line “In sooth I know not why...

  43. Merchant of Venice - Shylock

    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...

  44. 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...

  45. 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...

  46. 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...

  47. 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...

  48. 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...

  49. 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...

  50. merchant of venice

    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: ...

  51. Brief Summaries of the Merchant of Venice Plots

    visits Shylock and asks about the deal and Shylock questions why, because Antonio has mocked and insulted Shylock in the past. Antonio then arrives in his sombre state and Shylock ends up talking Antonio into stitching his own life into the bond, if Antonio or Bassanio is unable to repay Shylock within...

  52. 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...

  53. 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...

  54. History in the Malking

    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...

  55. reaction paper

    his ships from sea, so he borrows the money from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender whom he has previously insulted for his high rates of interest. Shylock lends the money against a bond whereby failure to repay the loan on the agreed date will entitle Shylock to a pound of Antonio's flesh. Portia's father...

  56. Merchant of Venice - Shylock

    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...

  57. 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...

  58. 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...

  59. Villain or Victim

    Villain or Victim Shylock is a character from William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is a Jew and through the middle ages Jews were shunned and removed from Venice, some Jews stayed in Venice as moneylenders that made money through interest. Although Shylock had been wronged...

  60. 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...