When a daughter is taken away from a father, this is one of the worst pains a man could ever go through. The play is about usury between a Christian and a Jew. 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. Shylock is victimized throughout the play and is portrayed as a greedy, deceitful individual due to his Jewish heritage. Especially this bond which is made between a Christian and a Jew. At the time of the play, the sixteenth century, there was a huge abhorrence against those who were not Christian.
But the way Shylock is portrayed is more along the lines of being both victim and villain. Shylock realizes that he does not have the money on hand to lend to Antonio, and instead of turning Antonio down for the loan, he plans to borrow the money from another. Jews back then were treated badly. I believe it is wrong to play god. Shakespeare Merchant of Venice Essay I have been studying the play The Merchant of Venice written by William Shakespeare. At first, Shylock is wary to lend Antonio the money.
The first demonstration of Shylock as a victim is when he is continuously spit on by Antonio. First of all shylock is a villain because he cares more about his ducats then his daughter, Jessica. Shylock is known to be a very upstanding member in the Jewish society in Venice. He seemingly does not care about loosing his daughter, but cares more about the 2,000 ducats she stole from him. He was seperated by the rest of the popluation by having to wear a red hat.
Shylock is a Jewish moneylender, father to Jessica, enemy to Antonio, and one of the most complex characters of The Merchant of Venice—and arguably of all of Shakespeare's works. Throughout the play, Shylock is portrayed as the antagonist, a miserable, cruel and prosaic figure menacing enough to endanger the happiness of Venetian citizens. He had just come from synagogue. Summary: Shylock from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was more victim than villian. It is clear none of the characters feel any sympathy towards Shylock, simply because he is a Jew.
At the time, everyone was keen on religion and Anti-Semitism; Shakespeare decided that everyone would like to see a play which involved these elements. He refuses, as it is not in the bond. 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. I cannot instantly raise up the gross of full three thousand ducats. He shows he is jubilant that his bond taking place nicely and Antonio, a Christian, will go into ruin. But then again you can also say that Shylock got what he deserved for being so cold-hearted. I think Shakespeare tried to display him as a villain, but wanted him to suffer for every misdeed he carried out.
And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? He has also been sentimentalized as a wronged and suffering father nobler by far than the people who triumph over him. He is hated also because he is a money lender and the Christians think that it is wrong to lend money and charge interest. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. He did not care about the fame 3. He wanted to take control for once and not be the victim.
Lorenzo believes that Christianity is the religion that is powerful enough to make anyone go to heaven. Shylock is a victim of the play because he is mistreated. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeare's excellent characterization of him. In this quote Shylock is definitely a victim. All the more cruel, then, that Shylock ended the play forced to convert to a Christian, respect and protection not included. He hopes to earn her hand in marriage by correctly guessing which casket gives her fathers acceptance; gold, silver or lead.
Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Finally, everyone ends up in court and Shylock is confident that he will get his pound of flesh. In this essay, I must come to a conclusion on whether I see Shylock as a victim or a villain, using the metaphoric scales of judgement to outweigh the good with the bad, or visa versa. Victims of Their Will: The Impact of Controlling Characters Control is an inevitable aspect of our everyday life. A second reason to argue that Shylock is a villain is in Act3, Scene1. Unfortunately he still manages to become the victim at the end of the play. The Christian is a man named Antonio, who is The Merchant of Venice. And farther on into the play Shylock is betrayed by his own daughter who stole from her father and became a Christian.
Public hero at the end a. Shylock knows that Antonio relies on his ships for income. Langdons lack of concentration a. In The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, there appears Shylock - a Jew. In many ways this is because he is both a victim and a villain.