Free Essays on Shylock

  1. Merchant of venice; Shylock character Study

    sympathetic Portrayal of Shylock? Is this consistent with Elizabethan attitudes towards Jews? The anti Semitic message which plagued Europe throughout the Middle Ages has spawned many thought provoking, controversial plays. Its complex main character, the unforgettable Shylock expresses true emotions...

  2. 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...

  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. Shylock: Villain or victim?

    pose the question that has made us wonder many times while reading the Merchant Of Venice. Is Shylock really a victim or a villain? At first, we weren’t quite sure about the answer as throughout the play Shylock is portrayed as being both victim and villain. However, after reading and analyzing the book...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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: ...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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: ...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. The Merchant of Venice and Shylock Offering

    Shakespeare, shylock, the money lending Jew, is seen more like a villain then a victim. Shylock is a villain because he cares more about his money then he cares about his daughter, he is not merciful towards shylock and hewants a pound of flesh from Antonio for hi revenge. First of all shylock is a villain...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. Shylock Essay

    another one of Shakespeare’s plays, “Merchant of Venice”, the antagonist, Shylock, is often labeled as a complex character as well. He works as a Jewish moneylender in the predominantly Christian, Italy. During this time period, Shylock and his fellow Jews are treated as second-class citizens. In one of...

  38. 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...

  39. 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...

  40. 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...

  41. Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Victim or Villian?

    is about usury between a Christian and a Jew. The Christian is a man named Antonio, who is The Merchant of Venice. The Jew is a wealthy man called Shylock who is facing a lot of religious rivalry at the time. Antonio’s friend Bassanio comes to him to ask for money. Antonio agrees, but now has to borrow...

  42. 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...

  43. 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...

  44. 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...

  45. 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...

  46. 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...

  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. 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...

  49. 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...

  50. 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...

  51. 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...

  52. 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...

  53. 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...

  54. 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...

  55. 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...

  56. 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...

  57. 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...

  58. 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...

  59. Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil

    Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil? This essay will discuss whether Shylock is seen as the victim or the perpetrator. Whether he is characterized as a feeble man who loses everything or just a sinister old loon. I am ambivalent. I believe that Shylock is all of these things. I think, in one sense, he...

  60. 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...