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60 Free Essays on Shylock

  1. 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 attempti

  2. The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - an in-Depth Character Analysis

    The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - An in-depth character analysis Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity, with a lust for Antonio's life. Through a more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding me

  3. Shylock Is the Villain in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

    Shylock is the Villain in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice In Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterization o

  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

  5. Merchant of Venice - Is the Shylock "A Man More Sinned Against Than Si

    There are many sides to this argument. The first is that Shylock does not sin at all, the second is that all the characters sin as much as each other, the third that Shylock is the only one who sins, the fourth that they all sin, but Shylock sins the most making the above statement false, and the fi

  6. 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 multi

  7. 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

  8. 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 the

  9. 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?

    Throughout William Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, there is a strong theme of prejudice. Portia has to deal with prejudice against her sex, the Prince of Morocco has to deal with prejudice against his race but the character that is most discriminated against is Shylock. He is hated for b

  10. Shylock, a Victim of Himself in "The Merchant of Venice"

    In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, the character of Shylock proves, ultimately, to be a victim of himself. Shylock brings about his own demise through his own deeds and misdeeds. Shylock begins to cause his own misfortune when Antonio approaches him for a loan to aid Bassanio in courti

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

    Many people are villainous in the way they behave. Their villainous acts may be attributed to their desire to destroy others and in turn elevate themselves to a higher financial or social level. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have endured at the han

  12. Merchant of Venice - Shylock

    The Merchant of Venice - of Shylock Shylock was mistreated by Christians in particularly Antonio before they entered into their bond. It is understandable that this would be, because Jews were mistreated by the Christians and that's just the way it was during those times. The Jews were segrega

  13. Timeless Elements in the Merchant of Venice

    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice contains many themes and elements that could be considered timeless. The first major theme in the play is the Christian majority's prejudice against the Jewish minority. The second and possibly most important theme of the play is the romance and the loyal

  14. The Feud Between Antonio Shylock

    In this essay I will aim to explore how 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

  15. 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

  16. Who Is More of a Villain? Shylock or Antonio?

    This essay will be 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

  17. Shylock

    Shylock is the most vivid and memorable character in The Merchant of Venice, and he is one of Shakespeare's greatest dramatic creations. On stage, it is Shylock who makes the play, and almost all of the great actors of the English and Continental stage have attempted the role. But the character of S

  18. Merchant of Venice - Antonio and Shylock

    William Shakespeare shows how two tradesmen can have completely different lives when others view them differently in the play The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Bassanio, Antonio's friend, needs money to pursue his love. They seek a loan from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender in Antonio's name. The co

  19. 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

  20. Shylock

    Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a Russian novelist, once said, "Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity." In The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, Shylock, one of the main characters, receives harsh punishment and injustice in court. Shylock is a

  21. Sympathize with Shylock

    Do you sympathise for Shylock? - Give reasons for your answer Should Shylock be shown pity or did he deserve how he was treated? Ever since Shylock was shown as a character by William Shakespeare in the Merchant of Venice there have been many interpretations about him all throughout history. So

  22. 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.

  23. Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice Essay, Is Shylock a Victim or Villain? Grade a

    In The Merchant of Venice how does Shakespeare present 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

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

    Shakespeare Merchant of Venice Essay I have been studying the play The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare. The play genre is drama and it is set in the late 1590s. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. The play is about usury between a Christian and a Jew. The Christian is

  25. Shylock

    SHYLOCK Shylock hates Antonio “for he is a Christian” while Shylock himself was a Jew. His hatred for Christians in general can be seen when he says, “ I’ll go in hate to feed up on the prodigal Christian”. Shylock could not even stand the thought of having a simple meal with a Christian,

  26. The Relationship Between Antonio and Shylock

    Compare Jessica’s attitude 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 a

  27. 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 malignan

  28. 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 mo

  29. 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 dow

  30. 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 re