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60 Free Essays on Sympathy For Shylock

  1. The Merchant of Venice

    sympathy. I do not think Shylock is deserving of sympathy in Act 1 Scene 3 because Shylock states that he hates Antonio on the ground of Antonio’s religion. Shylock states to himself, “I hate him for he is a Christian.” Shylock is choosing Antonio’s religion as a reason to hate him because he may not...

  2. 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...

  3. Merchant of Venice (Coursework)

    between them, and so more sympathy is felt. The most Sympathy is felt when Shylock and us are told of Shylock's dead wife's ring that was sold for a monkey, to which Shylock says that he "would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys". This quotation shows that the ring was very precious to him...

  4. Christian Prejudice and Racial Discrimination of Marginalized in the Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

    compel him to become a Christian. At this point no one speaks a word of comfort to him. Such punishment might not have moved the Elizabethan audiences but it moves our sympathy for him. We feel that he is a victim of Christian harassment. Shylock receives our sympathy when the Christians of Venice...

  5. Merchant of Venice

    Jewish, many critics of those films are Jewish, and many Jews have reached the high society of the American Dream. From this, it is assured that, if Shylock was presented in the modern days of our lives, we would have much sympathy for Shylock. Finally, most people around the world are alerted...

  6. Why Shylock Is a Complex Character

    different side of him when he demands for flesh. This reflects Shylock’s speech in act three scene one, where Shylock stands up for himself and creates sympathy for the reader opposed to the impression of Shylock we gain from other characters’ point of view. THESIS...

  7. Merchant of Venice

    crucial moments in the play which stimulate audience empathy, sympathy and concern. This leaves the audience to question and consider their own moral values and relationships. Shakespeare displays Shylock, one of the main characters in the play The Merchant of Venice in his relationships with...

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

    court Shylock is defeated because of his selfishness. Shakespeare also shows the human qualities of Shylock throughout the play. Shakespeare brings out these human qualities by causing us to feel sympathy for him. After the loss of his daughter Shylock ran through the streets crying "My daughter! O...

  9. Is Shylock Tragic or Merely Evil

    , he is able to evoke the audience’s sympathy through a variety of instances yet he causes us to loathe him through his brutal need for revenge and therefore his character. Shylock loathed Antonio, and for good reason, how can one be expected to like another when they are constantly dragged down...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. shylock as avillian in merchant of venice

    sympathy for him.  After the loss of his daughter Shylock ran through  the streets crying "My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!" as children  followed him, mocking him.  This causes us to feel sympathy for Shylock,  even though we may feel him to be a villain. Besides the loss of his...

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

    sympathy for Shylock, and rightly so as in most respects he is correct, yet the Elizabethan audience never gave the Jew a chance. Reading the play its as if Jews are completely different to Christians, as if they are aliens. Here Shylock mentions this as he says: “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If...

  14. 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...

  15. Merchant of Venice

    him. Shakespeare also shows the human qualities of Shylock throughout the play. Shakespeare brings out these human qualities by causing us to feel sympathy for him. After the loss of his daughter Shylock ran through the streets crying "My daughter! O my ducats! O my daughter!" as children followed...

  16. 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...

  17. The Sympathetic Embodiment of Evil

    were given the opportunity to have control over the portrayal of Shylock in a production of the Merchant of Venice, I would most certainly force the audience into feeling the utmost sympathy for him. Yes there are endless arguments explaining what Shakespeare truly intended, and I do believe that...

  18. Merchant of Venice - Modern Humanitarianism

    revenge into a plea for equal treatment. His cause might win our sympathy but the ferociousness of the means loses it. <br> <br>However the humanity of Shylock as seen here is an unconscious byproduct of the Shakespeare's dramatic genius. It is an example of the interplay between technical craft...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Merchant of Venice

    only child ignores his way and beliefs, but on the other side this may only be because she has been so poorly treated by shylock. Equally, Jessica’s selling of her mother’s wedding ring for something as ridiculous as a monkey inspires sympathy for a man who has nothing left of his wife. But back in...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. Shylock vs Aaron the Moor

    flesh will suffice. But enough about me, what brings you hither? Aaron: Me? To see what further evil I may exact upon these children. Like you, I was shunned but only for my darker complexion. “A barbarous Moor” (2.3.78) they called me. Shylock: Poor soul, you have my sympathy. Aaron: Sympathy? Ha...

  27. I Am a Jew

    could argue that the Merchant in the title is actually Shylock and not Antonio. Unfortunately, this does not stay true to Shakespeare’s original vision for his play. It is important that the audience feel some sympathy for the character in order to connect to him; however he must remain the...

  28. Merchant of Venice

    not his own destruction, he is a victim. I think Shakespeare is trying to show that even if Shylock might seem evil, you must still feel sympathy for him. In act 2 scene 5, Shylock is a controlling, strict parent. He might do this to protect his daughter, but his daughter might not like it and so...

  29. Does Shylock deserve his punishment?

    essential to acknowledge that his complexities prevent us from making a black and white answer. As the play progresses, so our sympathy for Shylock ebbs and flows. Shylock is a human being and he suffers during the course of the play, but he creates suffering. He seems devoid of love, yet he feels...

  30. Shylock

    that happened to him in the play. Shakespeare portrays Shylock as an evil villain but with humane qualities as well so that we can feel sympathy for him. And because Jews were not thought of sympathetically in Shakespeare's time, so Shylock was portrayed as a villain. For being more concerned with his...