As a Jew, Shylock too faced such discrimination. Although the genre of both these plays is so different, characters that are strikingly similar dominate both plays. Shylock from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and Barabas from ‘The Jew of Malta’ are both wealthy, money minded, materialistic Jews. In The Bible, Barabas was a Jewish murderer and revolutionary who was set free at the time Jesus was crucified. Barabas, from ‘The Jew of Malta’ is named after him.
Judaism, born in the deserts of Israel, placed monotheistic religion on the map over three thousand years ago. As some of the oldest practitioners of faith, Jews represent a culturally and ethnically diverse people spanning across the world. Several works of literature feature Jews at the forefront as reflections of the people’s impeccable work ethic, humor, and religious devotion. Often times, writers skew the image of the Jewish people, however, by employing stereotypes such as greediness, the unmistakable “Jewish Nose,” or, to the extreme, the “perceptions of the Jew as a completely dehumanized diabolical being, sorcerer, poisoner, murderer of children, traitor, and more” (Arkel 196). Authors Arthur Miller, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William
One of Shakespeare’s many renowned plays, ‘’The Merchant Of Venice’’ represents two social groups, Jews and Christians. The play shines a light upon their differences and creates a sense of contrast. They are separated by two factors, religion and wealth, Jews being less valued due to their religion. Through characterisation, they are represented dependant on their social status as well as what social group they are classified within. 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.
She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up bad habits and learning Lord-knows-what” (Lee 301). This statement shows that she believed the Finch family would look bad if she allowed Scout to play with someone like Walter. This statement also causes the readers to collate her with Hilly when they realize that they both treasure the reputation of their family. In conclusion, Hilly and Aunt Alexandra both value their status in the towns they reside in and wish to maintain it.
Several people may assume that selfishness is both unhealthy and wrong. A selfish person usually puts his own needs before the needs of other people. Selfish people need to be able to draw the line between when they need to worry about themselves, or when they should be concerned about other people. In The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the view of Tom Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, it is evident that the nature of man is showing selfishness through cruelty, greed, and manipulation. Cruelty is just one way that the nature of man shows selfishness.
She left a note saying “I left you because I needed too.” Yankel lost the love of his wife, but Brod filled that void. She became everything Yankel ever needed. He protected her and wanted her to have the happiest life possible. He decided to keep the secret that Brod was not his real daughter from her. He knew that knowing that she could lose her sense of identity.
‘Iago is such a disturbing villain because he seems to have no real motives for his evil.’ How far and in what ways do you agree with this view? Iago is nothing more than a devious mastermind and Machiavellian of the Shakespearean tragedy, Othello. Whilst Iago does try to communicate multiple reasons for his motives in wanting to destroy Cassio and Othello these are mere rationalisations and excuses to provide justification for his evil actions and can only be accepted when analysing Othello on a surface level. Looking into Othello further we can see that Iago is a power thirsty character that dwells in his corruption and evil which makes him such a disturbing villain. Iago gives a sheer numbers of excuses to try and prove his ulterior motives, conveniently adding new reasons for his hate every time he needs to encourage Roderigo to do something for him.
The specialty of investigation all alone rejects the basic simple clarifications yet rather bargains in the mind boggling actualities. In spite of the fact that Iago is the regular disturbance and accordingly the conspicuous awful person, his fate is to make the disaster that this play later moves toward becoming. A protracted thought notwithstanding a receptive outlook will demonstrate the reality of the situation. Othello is the real miscreant. Despite the fact that he at first does not have any vindictive considerations and thoughts, he in the long run becomes a murderer due to emotionally untrustworthy and jealousy.
At the beginning of the novel we as the audience get to know him as the culprit. Antonio yells at Shylock, spits on him and calls him a dog and discriminates against Shylock because he is a Jew:” You call me a misbeliever, cut throat dog, and spit upon my Jewish gabardine”, (Shakespeare, I.iii.103-104:25). Shylock, also regards himself as the victim because of the way that Antonio treats him. As the play progresses the role of the victim and the culprit starts to change. Antonio needs money and borrowing money from Shylock is his only option.
And this may relate to why Hamlet professed his madness as the sperate entity, because he lacks the control over it. His madness is guided by what his memory and lack of memory dictates. But it could be argued that Hamlet did possessed a certain means of control over his memory. During the excerpt, Hamlet stated, “I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records” (1.5.99). This quote raises the question of which memories did Hamlet not find trivial and foolish, and worth maintaining.