Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. The Merchant of Venice, The Trial Scene, A Commentary

    and many more of the Christians feel resentment towards Shylock the 'alien'. This is partly because of the trap that he has led Antonio into and partly because he is different. This seemingly unaccounted for dislike is shown particularly by Shylock who comments: 'I hate him for he is a Christian' (act...

  3. To what Extent Is Shylock Responsible For His Downfall In The Play The Merchant Of Venice

    Shylock's Downfall In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, the Jewish money lender, is only partly responsible for his own downfall. In fact, he is responsible perhaps to a lesser extent than the other parties. It is true that Shylock set the terms of the bond that was to eventually destroy him...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. A Closer Look at Shylock vs. Antonio

    A Closer Look at Shylock vs. Antonio The play is set in Venice, Italy. During this time, Venice was full of wealth, royal merchants, luxuriously dressed people, and distinguished culture. An example of this description would be Antonio. Even though the society seemed perfect, there was also a downside...

  8. The Role of Prejudice in "The Merchant of Venice"

    was an examination of hatred and greed. The premise deals with the antagonistic relationship between Shylock, a Jewish money-lender and Antonio, the Christian merchant, who is as generous as Shylock is greedy, particularly with his friend, Bassanio. The two have cemented a history of personal insults...

  9. Merchant of Venice

    is tired of frivolous activities and tends to be reflective. His early cruelty towards Shylock is partly evened out by the mercy he later shows the man. He has every desired virtue of nobility. | | Shylock A Jewish moneylender in Venice. He is shown as being oppressed by his private torments...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. Merchant of Venice

    Shakespeare’s use of language, structure and dramatic techniques to present the relationship between Shylock and the Christians at different points of the play. I will first look at Act 1 Scene 3, where we learn that Shylock has suffered mercilessly at the hands of the Christians and now harbors an almost sadistic...

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    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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. Shylock: Victim or Villian

     Shylock: Victim or Villain? In the Merchant of Venice play written by William Shakespeare the character Shylock is highly debated as victim or villain. Throughout the play Shylock is mistreated by everyone. Shylock is physically, emotionally and mentally abused. By the end of the play Shylock has...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  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. Shylock Merchant of Venice

    The Merchant of Venice In The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare portrays Shylock as a covetous Jew. Shylock charges interest to those who borrow money from him when they are in need. Shylock is mercenary. Shylock’s love for objects overweighs his love for his own daughter. This character trait...

  22. Study of Shylock in Shakespeare's 'The Merchant Of Venice'

    Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a wealthy Jew is one of the main characters. During the play his merciless and uncompassionate nature is revealed. He seeks the life of another man because all he wants is revenge. I do not feel sorry for Shylock at all because of his selfishness and disregard...

  23. 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...

  24. "The Merchant of Venice".

    the character of shylock, Shakespeare attempts to explore the many issues of indifference, justice, accountability and social discrimination. The play can be interpreted in many ways, as can the character shylock and his plight with Venetian society. The question as to whether shylock himself is a positive...

  25. 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...

  26. Shylock Analysis

    Venice_. For interpreters of the play differ greatly in their attitude toward Shylock - and their attitude toward Shylock influences greatly, as a matter of course, their attitude toward the other characters of the play. Shylock is, indeed, according to the exposition of many learned judges, in reality...

  27. Merchant of Venice

    the duplicity of human nature but also to have his audience question their original assumptions. In a first part, I will analyse the character of Shylock and how Shakespeare’s staging of this convoluted character has baffled so many critics. In a second part, I will show how Shakespeare staged his characters’...

  28. 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...

  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. 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...