Free Essays on Sympathy For Shylock

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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 segregated...

  5. 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...

  6. 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: ...

  7. 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 of...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. Beginning to Withered Arm Sympathy Essay

    How does Thomas Hardy create sympathy for Rhoda Brook in his short story “The Withered Arm” ? In this essay, I am going to describe how Hardy uses different techniques to manipulate the reader into feeling sympathetic for Rhoda Brook in his short story “The Withered Arm.” “The Withered Arm” is...

  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. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. How Does Wifred Owen Evoke Sympathy from the Readers in the Poem Disabled

    Sophia Chan 10N2 How does Wifred Owen evoke sympathy from the readers in the poem Disabled Sympathy depends on oneself, it varies through different people. The poem Disabled engages its readers with its emotion and depth. Being filled with sadness and loss, one may find themselves sympathizing with...

  16. Shylock the Jew

    Shylock, a miserly Jew is considered a bloodthirsty bogeyman in The Merchant of Venice. However, he is treated disgracefully by the Christians through their mocking his religion, refusing to trade with him and spitting at him on the streets. In the play, he’s insultingly called a “Jew” rather than by...

  17. Merchant of Venice Shylock

    Shylock: Villain or Victim It is without doubt that William Shakespeare’s suspenseful play of The Merchant of Venice evokes complex feelings within a reader. Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as the antagonist, a miserable, cruel and prosaic figure menacing enough to endanger the happiness...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. How Does Peter Medak Create Sympathy for Derek Bentley in the Film "Let Him Have It"

    How does Peter Medak create sympathy for Derek Bentley in his 1991 film “let him have it”. The first point of how he creates sympathy would be the music and the sounds because right at the beginning before any visual except from the credits there is slow quiet daunting music in the background which...

  22. 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...

  23. Analysis of Shylock In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice

    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 of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  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. 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...

  28. Withered Arm -for Whom Do U Giv More Sympathy

    For whom do you feel more sympathy: Rhoda Brook, Farmer Lodge or Gertrude? In this essay I will analyse each of the three main character's circumstances, how they deal with these circumstances, how the character is hurt by the others, coincidences which affect the storyline and whether the character...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. Things Fall Apart: Analysis

    because he faces the truth of his mistakes and dies with honour. This elevates the tragic hero to a position higher in our esteem and wins our unfailing sympathy for the ill-fated hero in question, yet at the same time purging it because the unconquered spirit of the hero lives on in his tragic death. This...

  32. The Merchant of Venice

    in love with Jessica * Portia – a rich heiress * Balthazar – Portia's disguise as a lawyer * Shylock – a rich Jew, moneylender, father of Jessica * Jessica – daughter of Shylock, in love with Lorenzo * Duke of Venice – Venetian authority who presides over the case of Shylock's bond ...

  33. 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: ...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. Does Shylock deserve his punishment?

    “There is no doubt that Shylock is a cunning and vengeful man, but nothing can justify the treatment he receives at the hands of the Christians.” How far do you agree with this statement? Does Shylock deserve his punishment? Shylock is punished by the Venetian court for seeking to end Antonio’s...

  39. 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...

  40. 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...

  41. 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...

  42. 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...

  43. 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...

  44. 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...

  45. Hingley

    MoV Essay In the play The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, Shylock is the victim of neglect and mistreatment who we can feel sympathy for. Shylock is a victim of betrayal, injustice, and prejudice. He is portrayed as a bitter man who has so much hate towards everyone other than himself, however...

  46. Evaluation of Shylock as a Tragic Hero

    Shylock is a monster of cruelty, miser, greedy, suspicious ,cunning , bloodthirsty ,revengeful, mean ,a bad father and a bad master. But it is the circumstances that made him like this. Shylock is a tragic figure, trapped by prejudice and driven to revenge by the treatment he receives He is not cruel...

  47. The Merchant of Venice--Summary and Analysis--Act 1 Scene 1-Act 2 Scene 4

    someone else. Act I, scene iii Summary Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, agrees to loan Bassanio three -thousand ducats for a term of three months. Bassanio assures Shylock that Antonio will guarantee the loan, but Shylock is doubtful because Antonio’s wealth is currently invested in...

  48. A Man of Hostility and Sympathy

    English Honors 2 A Man of Hostility and Sympathy Dante Alighieri was born in Florence, Italy in 1265 A.D. During these years, there was constant strife between the rival parties, the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Because Alighieri was a White Guelph, he was exiled from Florence. During his time of...

  49. 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...

  50. 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...

  51. 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...

  52. How Does Peter Medak Gain the Audience’s Sympathy for Derek Bentley in the Film “Let Him Have It”!?

    biased opinion towards Derek, but in a good way he constantly throughout the film shows his sympathy towards Derek Bentley. This in turn makes the audience also feel sympathy for Derek, he emphasises the sympathy the audience feels towards Derek by exploiting the fact that he has epilepsy and that he has...

  53. 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...

  54. 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...

  55. Steinbeck's Sympathies Go Out to the Misfits, the Oppressed and the Distressed. Discuss with Referance to

    of living. Due to this fact, many people living in those times were poor, distressed and social outcasts. It is evident however, that Steinbeck's sympathies go out to these poor, unfortunate souls. Steinbeck's style of writing depicts these time-bound misfits, the oppressed and distressed as being human...

  56. 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...

  57. 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...

  58. 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...

  59. 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...

  60. Lear Sympathy

    Well we shouldn't have sympathy for Lear. He is a man more sinning than sinned against. His blindness, lack of self-awareness, wisdom and foolishness all led to the position he now finds himself in. If it wasn't for his foolish decision to hold the "love test" he'd still be in power. What is quite ironic...