The Merchant of Venice:
This malevolent side of Shylock is often brought about through thought of his money being lost, and is not a pleasant side at all. In this statement he is clearly a villain, because of his quite blatant racism. The next powerful statement that Shylock makes is one which causes us to feel sorrow for Shylock.
When Shylock asks for usances he is turned on by the very men who asked for his help, they argue to be held with no interest. The interest is the way Shylock gains his money and to deny him this would take away the only incentive he had originally, so rightfully he argues his case in a moving and powerful speech.
In this quote Shylock is definitely a victim. But yet, after such a heart felt and genuine statement, Shylock turns again and becomes pitiless, blood-thirsty and brinks on inhuman. It seems that Jessica has a difficult life with her father and she abhors his rules and religion as she has fallen in love with a Christian that her father would never let her marry.
As a last resort she decides to run away with Lorenzo, her lover. This alone would be hard for a father to come to terms with, but she steals his money also. 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.
Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions, fed by the same food, hurt with the same weapons. If you prick us do we not bleed? If you poison us do we not die?
And if you wrong us shall we not revenge! Later news of a ring which his wife had given him when they were courting comes to Shylock, it had been sold by his daughter for a monkey.
In the final instances where we see Shylock we are given two feelings about him. 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.
At the court Shylock presses the case whole-heartedly and his passion for the forfeit is blood lust. His desire to kill Antonio is shown in this quote. This shows that he would have actually gone through with the punishment, when the tables are turned.
Here Shylock is despaired, and he is shown finally as a victim. In conclusion, though Shylock has suffered deeply, all the problems he is subject to other than the racism of the Christians, is brought upon himself.
His unrelenting callousness is enough to convict Shylock of villainy as he attempts to persecute those who have wronged him in the most terminal of ways, death.
In this I feel Shylock is a villain. How to cite this page Choose cite format:Professor English 30 September Paper 1 In the play Merchant of Venice, Bassanio asks Antonio for a loan in order to become a contender among other wealthy suitors for Portia’s heart.
Writing an essay on The Merchant of Venice will be easy once you understand the story well enough.
For English literature students, The Merchant of Venice is one of the most important parts of their literature education. Christian audience. The play is set in Venice because Venice is known as a wealthy and splendid city it is obviously know to be a mans world, with money lenders (eg Shylock) and Merchants (eg Antonio).
The Duke tried to reason with Shylock, he begged Shylock to show mercy towards Antonio and abandon the bond. He said Ã Â And where thou now exacts the penalty, which is a pound of this poor merchantÃ Â s flesh, thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture but,4/5(1).
Shakespeare's Presentation of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice This essay is an analysis of how the character of Shylock, in the play 'The Merchant of Venice', is presented to the audience, by Shakespeare, in different ways.
Oct 11, · Shylock demands his pound of flesh in court, but at the last minute the disguised Portia argues that the contract between him and Antonio doesn't allow for the spilling of blood, which makes removing Antonio's flesh leslutinsduphoenix.com: Resolved.