Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. Merchant Of Venice By William Shakespeare

    In the Dukes opinion (Act iv, Sc.1) Shylock is ?? an inhuman wretch.? Do you agree? Do you feel that Shylock receives, ?justice? at the end of the play? The Merchant Of Venice was written by William Shakespeare, between 1596 and 1598. It was first published in 1600. Although this play is described as...

  3. 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...

  4. 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  ShylockShylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the  most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent  characterization...

  5. The Merchant of Venice Is a Play About Love and Hate. Discuss.

    prominent aura revolving around the themes of love and hate. It is understandable that during the latter part of the play, Shylocks daughter, Jessica, contradicting her father Shylock, is in love with a Christian man named Lorenzo, a friend of Bassanio’s, whom takes Jessica from her father’s home and escapes...

  6. merchant of venice

    Shakespeare Antonio has entered into a bond with Shylock. In return for 3000 ducats which he wants for his friend Bassiano, he agrees to repay the money within three months or allow Shylock to cut a pound of flesh from anywhere on his body. His plan fails and Shylock claims his forfeit. Antonio is arrested and...

  7. Shylock - Victim or Villian

    January 21, 1994 Shylock-Victim or Villain In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez. Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. merchant of venice

    Question 1 Essay question: The Merchant of Venice The outcome of the trial of Shylock versus Antonio doesn’t reach an apt conclusion at the end of the play. In the preceding essay I plan to demonstrate the factors that influenced my decision to object to the verdict that concludes this play. I believe...

  11. Pride in Being Prejudice and Lawful Vengeance

    ENG 2D1 March 25, 2013 Pride in Being Prejudice and Lawful Vengeance Shylock was the antagonist in The Merchant of Venice. He was a Jewish moneylender who was hated by most of the other characters in the play. Shylock loaned money to Bassanio under Antonio’s name and secured their bond with the...

  12. How the Merchant of Venice Could Be Called the Jew of Venice

    revolves around Shylock and Antonio’s bond. With Bassanio owing Shylock money, Shylock goes out of his way to make sure that his bond is paid in full with either money or Antonio’s flesh. The title The Jew of Venice, would be a great title for this work because of the role that Shylock plays throughout...

  13. Summary

     Book Report Merchant of Venice Characters: Shylock Lorenzo Portia Nerrisa Antonio Graziano Jessica Bassanio Despite being written in the late sixteenth century, Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is a timeless piece and provides great themes to be analyzed for...

  14. 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...

  15. The Merchant of Venice Long Essay

    character that has a strong view of Antonio is that of the Jewish moneylender, Shylock. This view differs greatly to that of those who know Antonio well, as to most he is an incredibly generous, popular person. First of all Shylock hate Christians, when he meets Antonio the first time he says; "I hate him...

  16. 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...

  17. Merchant of Venice

    Shylock in the play was treated very bad by the Christian people. All the people in the play all said hateful things to him and spat on him. For his "un-Christian" behavior he was called a dog Jew by everyone he doesn’t even know. Shylock was fed up with Christians hating the Jews, so he made a bond...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. justice of jew

    Justice. For the Jew. Or not? Yesterday, a trial was held. Shylock, the Jew & Antonio, the merchant & Christian, attended at court by their bond. The merchant, Antonio, had leant some money of three thousands ducats from Shylock to help his dear friend; Bassanio married a fair woman, Portia in...

  21. Merchant of Venice Critical Essay

    In "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare, Shylock is portrayed as an attractive villain. It is the relationship between Shylock and Antonio, Shylock and his daughter, Jessica, and his selfishness through his attitude to material possessions that make him an attractive villain, he is portrayed...

  22. 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...

  23. Shakespeare Analysis: Antonio and Shyloc

    Nyesha Nicole Trusty ENGL 403 Final Paper The Merchant and the Jew: Examining the bond between Shylock and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the use of oaths and exchange often help to forge personal bonds. For instance, Bassanio’s marriage to Portia...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. Shylock: The Question of Sin

    Shakespeare portrays conflict between two noteworthy figures, Shylock and Antonio. Shylock is a Jewish moneylender who is viewed as an outcast due to his religion and job. Antonio, on the other hand, is a Venice merchant who enters a contract with Shylock in order to assist Bassanio's (his friend's) romance with...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...