Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Merchant of Venice Shylock Stu

    This character sketch will be on Shylock, describing his physical and personality traits. Shylock is an older, Jewish money lender who has one daughter named Jessica. Shylock is introduced into the novel when Antonio’s friend, Gratiano needs money in order to impress a girl. Antonio at the time...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. The Merchant of Venice - Shylock: Villain or Victim?

    which the play or novel was written. In the ‘Merchant of Venice' it can be argued that Shylocks character undergoes a metamorphosis from villain to victim. However, in this essay I hope to discuss whether in fact Shylock can be defined as either villain or victim and to form an opinion of what Shakespeare...

  8. 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...

  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. 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...

  11. The Merchant of Venice

    reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play "The Merchant of Venice". Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot. <br><br>The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by...

  12. Merchant of Venice

    counterpart, Shylock, is the most noteworthy figure in Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice. No consensus has been reached on whether Shylock is a tyrannical villain or a tragic victim. Shylock, in my opinion, is a bloodthirsty villain. In the following paragraphs, it will be shown that Shylock is a...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Victim or Villain

    The Merchant of Venice: 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...

  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. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. Merchant of Venice

    they also lie with Shylock &#8211; Pitying him for the way the Christians treat him, the loss of his daughter and his money. Act 4 Scene 1 p115 The Duke&#8217;s palace in Venice In this scene there are seven characters. To begin with it is Duke, Antonio and Salario, Shylock enters later. In...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. Comparative Literary Essay

    Comparative Literary Essay- The Merchant of Venice- Antonio and Shylock are both villains In the play, The Merchant of Venice, written by William Shakespeare, the character Antonio is shown as the protagonist, and Shylock is shown as the antagonist. Although this is how the author wanted the audience...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...