If you prick us, do we not bleed? Unfortunately she did the worst possible thing she could, ran off with a Christian. Among the spending was a ring that Jessica sold for a monkey. Shakespeare shows Shylock to be a new, triumphant man that can show no mercy towards Antonio. Even though she despises his manners, Jessica still loves her father, but her father loves her not. I think that even though a misunderstood character he is still a very cruel man.
Shylock was the father of Jessica, whom left him for a Christian husband. In Act 2: Scene 5 we see Shylock and Jessica alone. Shylock never becomes heartless or cold. The Christian is a man named Antonio, who is The Merchant of Venice. I say this because he wanted revenge in one man for cultural reasons and religion for what had happened to him in the past. Also when he is given the option to have a surgeon at hand. He refuses, as it is not in the bond.
Bassanio then offers himself instead of Antonio. However we later find out that money is not the only thing on his mind but his longing hatred for Antonio. And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? Generally, it would be better to answer this question as so lest readers will fall into this whirling circle of controversy. Being a Jew in these times in Venice was hard due to the harsh discrimination that was placed against the Jews. The play was written as a comedy, but has become a serious drama. Well its unimaginable to everyone else but necessary for him, to him he is only giving back what he has taken in the past. One last reason to argue that Shylock is a victim is when he learns of how Jessica is spending the money she stole from him.
Shylock is a major character in the play, most people consider him a villain. I think Shakespeare tried to display him as a villain, but wanted him to suffer for every misdeed he carried out. Act I Scene iii ;br; ;br;He points out that while they spit on him and call him? Hear you me, Jessica, lock up my doors… let not the sound of shallow foppery enter my sober house. This caused a lot of ill feeling towards the Jewish people and gave them a reason to become anti-Semitic. The ending is also often viewed as anti-Semitic; Shylock loses his daughter and his ducats, and is forced to convert to Christianity.
He shows he is jubilant that his bond taking place nicely and Antonio, a Christian, will go into ruin. He speaks in a condescending and scornful manner towards Shylock. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the character of Shylock in the play and also introduce the uses of that name throughout history down to the present day. In the ring plot involving Portia and the caskets the first Prince is from Morocco, who was black, chose the gold casket but it was not the correct one. Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? He seek the life of any citizen? Shakespeare shows that Shylock has a sensitive side and that he is a sentimental person who should be treated with respect.
Act1, Scene3 Here Shylock agrees to lend out a loan, but will not charge any interest. Bonds that exist between people, revenge, the sea and law versus justice. This makes us feel compassionate for Shylock and we feel that he has been done an injustice so as a result he is seen as a victim. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have endured at the hands of others. Shylock, being a Jew, was given a hard time by, essentially, anybody and everybody in Venice.
Shakespeare instantly gives us the impression that his only interest is money. From this point I think that Shylock is a victim, because he is trying to make a good understandable point about the Jews and Christians but he knows that no one will take his point n consideration. Shakespeare makes Shylock ruthless and cold in this act, which makes us think he truly is the villain of this play. I feel that Shakespeare intended Shylock to be victim, he was created to challenge the pre-conceptions and ideologies of the Elizabethan era. Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? We no longer think of him as a victim alone, he has shown us through his speech and actions that he has a villainies way about him. Why sweat they under burdens? Shylock is begged by everyone to show Antonio mercy. Launcelot wants to start working for Bassanio.
People would squash into the globe to see the performance, and feel part of the action; cheering and clapping away. Shylock is clearly portrayed here as the villain as he is refusing every offer Bassanio is throwing at him. The play genre is drama and it is set in the late 1590s. I believe it is wrong to play god. Wanting to go as far as killing a man for revenge is what Shylock wants to do.
These two sides, victim and villain of the play, present themselves frequently in the play. The first scene where we see Shylock is when Antonio comes t. I think he feared the most what others would say; they would mock him even more once this news had spread. Furthermore it reveals all the relationships that Shylock is involved in, his relationship with his daughter, Christians and Tubal who is a Jew. From your reading of the play is Shylock supposed to be a villain or victim or perhaps a bit of both? There are many themes in this play that link all characters.
Salerio and Salanio are gossiping about how they have seen Lorenzo and Jessica on a Gondola escaping. In 1190, 150 were killed for the same reason. Firstly and most importantly he has not been returned the money he is owed on time and so Antonio has forfeited the bond, Shylock has taken him to court to claim his so called justice. In short, they have been taught villainy, rather than it being an integral part of their personality. Another reason to support the view that Shylock is a victim is in the court scene.