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  1. Shylock of “Merchant of Venice”

    Shylock of “Merchant of Venice” Spring 2010 Contents I. Introduction I.1. Plot Overview “The Merchant of Venice” II. Character Analysis III. Shylock: Villain or Victim? IV. Shylock is Shakespeare V. Shakespeare and the Jews VI. Conclusion References I...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Shylock

    Shylock is the Jewish merchant of Venice, father to Jessica, enemy to Antonio, and one of the most complex characters of the play – and arguably of all of Shakespeare’s work. Shylock’s character is largely dependent upon how one chooses to read or portray his words. Productions have varied in their choices...

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    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...

  6. merchant of venice essay

    Is shylock portrayed as the villain or the victim in the play? The play ‘Merchant of Venice’ is about a man called Bassanio who needs another loan of his good friend Antonio. He guarantees a loan of the Jew, Shylock. Shylock is both the villain and the victim in this play. He is the villain when he...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. Merchant Of venice

    Shylock – Money-minded/materialistic To a large extent, Shylock is a villain because he is money-minded/materialistic. “I would my daughter were dead at my foot, and the jewels in her ear! Would she were hearsed at my foot, and the ducats in her coffin! “(Act 3, Sc 1) According to the stated evidence...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. Merchant of Venice

    Parrin Shakespeare’s famous play “The Merchant of Venice” is predominately about Shylock, the protagonist in the play, and you would assume that he is the Merchant of Venice, however it is in fact Antonio. Shylock the Jew’s relationship with the Christian Antonio, is filled with racism, hatred and...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. Merchant of Venice

    “Oh Shylock, you villainous, poor, comedian” In the play Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare, the main character, Shylock is a wealthy, local Jewish man who goes about his day like any other Jewish man in Venice. He makes a living by loaning money to the Christians in need, but then...

  29. Merchant of Venice

    they also lie with Shylock – Pitying him for the way the Christians treat him, the loss of his daughter and his money. Act 4 Scene 1 p115 The Duke’s palace in Venice In this scene there are seven characters. To begin with it is Duke, Antonio and Salario, Shylock enters later. In...

  30. 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...