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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. Pieces of Idea on the Merchant of Venice

    for the oppressors and sympathy for the oppressed." I don't agree to this opinion. Let's see the process of trial in Act IV, Scene I.    Shylock: Most learned judge! A sentence! Come, prepare! (302)     ...    Shylock: I take this offer then: pay the bond thrice, And let the Christian go. (316-317...

  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. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. Shylock Mechant of Venice

    main characters in this romance comedy are having a happy ending. Shylock got his ducats all taken, betrayed by his daughter and even got forced to give up his own religion and become a Christian whom he hates. From readers’ point of view sympathy is created because of all the unfair treatment...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. The Feud Between Antonio Shylock

    with us in Venice." This is a very revealing comment by Shylock, as the fact that he confirms he has religious grudges towards Christians may change the way the readers feel sympathy towards him, as before we knew this, we would have maybe presumed that as Shylock is a Jew and he is forever...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  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. 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...

  23. The Merchant of Venice

    —double the amount owed—from Portia. Antonio could not pay the debt on time and is brought to court by Shylock. Although Duke feels sympathy for Antonio, but since there is a written agreement hence the Duke of Venice cannot bend the rules, and Shylock will not relent. Does Shylock succeed in his...

  24. Merchant of Venice

    some sympathy for Shylock as ultimately Shylock betrays himself by being forced to become a Christian. Important themes Prejudice hatred, greed, mercy, Humiliated and mocked,...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. The Merchant of Venice

    Doctor when he believed he was winning the case. It seems as if the Christians are getting their own back and the modern audience may feel sympathy towards Shylock because of this. Elizabethans would also regard arrogant and foolish people being brought down as funny. An example of...

  30. Reaction Paper in the Movie: the Merchant of Venice

    for a monkey. Shylock's lamentation for his lost turquoise ring that he had "of Leah when I was a batchelor," shows us that indeed he does have sentimentality in him and he wouldn't have parted with that ring "for a wilderness of monkeys." Here Shakespeare attaches a small snippet of humanity to a character seen as i! nhuman for the most part. Howev er, our sympathy for Shylock does not reach its heighth until the famous speech...