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. The Merchant of Venice

    chooses to write about Shylock, who is a Jew and Antonio, who is a Christian as key examples of such a religious battle. The plot involves Shylock, a greedy Jewish money-lender. Shylock, has lost his beloved daughter when she runs off with Lorenzo, who is a Christian. Shylock seeks a literal 'pound of...

  3. Merchant of Venice (Coursework)

    In whatever way we feel sympathetic towards Shylock throughout the play, we are overwhelmed with Shylock's vengeful, punitive and unforgiving attitude to life. The worst aspect of this, in my view, is Shylock's miserly ways and that he would rather his "daughter were dead at my foot and the jewels in...

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

    officially expelled by King Edward I. For some time it was thought that Shakespeare had never actually met a Jew and must have created the character of Shylock of The Merchant of Venice entirely from his imagination, however it is now believed that this was not necessarily the case. Despite what the law said...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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?

    against is Shylock. He is hated for being a Jew and a money-lender, but Shakespeare has not made Shylock a character easy to sympathise with. He appears to be mean and cruel and it seems as though he loves money above all things. However during the play there are moments when Shakespeare gives Shylock speeches...

  12. Merchant of Venice - Modern Humanitarianism

    <center><b>"Modern Humanitarianism has run riot on Shylock." Discuss.</b></center> <br> <br>"The Merchant of Venice" is concerned with two issues that were of importance in the Elizabethan Age: Jewry and Usury. It is generally assumed that the Elizabethan attitude to Jewry was hostile and that the execution...

  13. 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...

  14. Merchant of Venice

    Shakespeare wish us to know the character of Shylock as a man who has contributed to his own distraction? In my opinion Shylock is a human being and also has emotions. In act 1 scene 3 (39-48) Shylock is hurt because of the trickiness related to his religion. Shylock is not his own destruction, he is a victim...

  15. Merchant of Venice

    DO YOU SYMPATHISE WITH SHYLOCK? ...

  16. Shylock

    In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is the antagonist and one of the most confusing characters in all of Shakespeare's plays. On the surface, he is a villain only concerned about money and revenge. But when you dig deep into his character you will sympathize with him because of the tragic things that...

  17. 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...

  18. Shylock vs Aaron the Moor

    Bruce Park October 22, 2012 At the Disneyland entrance, two of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters have a fateful encounter. Shylock: What, cursed trash of this world?! You refuse to let me in despite my generous offer of 10 ducats payment? Ticket booth employee: Look, man, my job is hard...

  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. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. Merchant of Venice

    thousand ducats are all 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...

  24. Merchant of Venice

    Merchant of Venice: Would Shylock have our Sympathy in the Modern World? People have changed the views on people and other races. In particular, because of many events in the past, people around the world have a complete different eye on Jews. Shylock, a merchant in the story of William Shakespeare’s...

  25. 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...

  26. Shylock

    Shylock Deserves Sympathy and is not to blame for his own downfall. Shylock is a complex character and he has suffered, still suffers and is one of a people who have suffered over centuries. However, to what extent should Shylock suffer and does he deserve our sympathy or hostility. Although anti-Semitism...

  27. 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...

  28. Merchant of Venice

    anti-Semitism but attempts to expose it. When the play is first read, Shylock, the Jew appears to be the villain. Upon closer inspection we see that he is a man that has been persecuted all of his life because of his Jewish background. Shylock is not the villain in this story but a victim of his own anger and...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...