In William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, the Christian population subjugated and mistreated the Jewish population. Antonio, a Christian, seeks a loan from Shylock, a Jew, to allow his friend Bassanio to travel and marry a wealthy maiden. Later, when Antonio fails to repay the money, Shylock asks for one pound of flesh, to not only repay for his debt, but for vengeance due to the way Antonio has treated him. Shylock, who represents the Jewish people, is portrayed as greedy and vengeful, reflective of the rampant anti-Semitism present during Shakespeare’s time. However, Shylock is also portrayed as compassionate in order to challenge the Jewish stereotypes throughout the play.
As at this point, Antonio has taken EVERYTHING Shylock has. The audience at this moment is looking at Shylock as a victim of Christian laws. And makes Antonio looks like a villain. This I think is the main reason why Shylock is presented as a victim. Shylock Through his acts and what he says I think is because of his obsession of getting back to Christians.
This humanizes Shylock by showing to audiences that he is capable of feeling the same emotions: anger, sadness, and joy. By showing Shylock in these different states of being, it is made clear that he holds the same humanity as any other character in the show and that the only thing setting him aside is the fact that he is Jewish. In showing Shylock’s reactions to different situations, Shakespeare works against stereotypes placed on the Jewish community. Stereotypes about Jews are both proved and disproved in The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. Ways in which they are proved are by characterizing Shylock as greedy and vengeful.
Shylock’s daughter even runs away with a Christian man who she ends up getting engaged and then finds out that she doesn’t even love him. Shylock is constantly being left alone during the play which provides even more reason to sympathise for him. Even his servants betray and leave him to go to richer Christian families/men. Breaks stereotype: Shylock also breaks the typical stereotype of being a Jew because when we find out that his daughter stole her mother’s ring that meant a lot to Shylock, Shylock says “I wouldn’t trade it for a wilderness of monkeys”, this gives the sense of him loving something even more than money. The ring may also hold a lot of memories of his wife when she was alive.
Shylock who’s a Jew has an anger to Antonio for he spitting his face at the contrary of Jews and he also is a well-known moneylender and has a young daughter named Jessica who fell in love to Lorenzo, one of Antonio and Bassanio’s friend. Jessica whose Shylock 's daughter and also a Jew, she was run away with the man he loves, Lorenzo and also took all of Shylock’s money
In the society of Venice, Shylock is completely isolated and left out in the society because he is a Jew and usurer. He can be described as a 'Jew', 'heretic' and 'evil'. However, the opportunity comes to him which is the bond. The purpose of the bond is to take Antonio's flesh if Antonio cannot repay the
Is Shylock a Villain or a Victim? In the Merchant of Venice Shylock is a Jewish man that has constantly been teased and discarded because of his religion by the christian men around him. He has been looked at as an underclass man because of his religion. In the Merchant of Venice Antonio, a highly respected christian businessman has made a deal with Shylock and Shylock has taken the opportunity of Antonio being in his need of a loan to use it to his advantage. Shylock made a deal to where if the money that he loans Antonio didnt get back to his possession in time that instead of paying a higher interest he has proposed the idea that antonio would have to pay him with a pound of Antonio’s own flesh.
The play is indicative of an identity, which defines jews and christians through different social positions and classes, aiming to please the Elizabethan audience that attended Shakespeare's plays. We encounter Shylock, a character that is in many ways presented as a villain through his actions and other character’s perception of him. Although, one can question if this is due to a prejudice through their eyes based on religion, and one is left in a villain or victim dilemma. Other characters also depict that Jews could only be accepted if a conversion occurs to Christianity. Through Shakespeare’s characterisation with the use of diction and dialogue throughout the play, there is a contrast developed between Jews’ and Christians’ status and power, this gives us an insight of how
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This refutes the claim that Shylock strictly only cares about material things. His reaction reveals that he is pained by Jessica’s actions. Shylock takes the loss of the ring so seriously because it was a gift from his dead wife, Leah. Shylock’s