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  • Shylock The Jew
    620 words
    William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice contains many examples that insult Jews because they were the minority in London in Shakespeare's time. Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times, Elizabethan audiences found them comical. The majority of London's population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore proves that Shakesp...
  • Only Jew In The Play
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    Does Shakespeare present anti-Semitism in the play, The Merchant Of Venice At the time when Shakespeare wrote the play, The Merchant Of Venice, people's feelings and views towards other races and societies would have been very different to the views in the world we live in today. People would not have been politically correct and they would not have been ashamed of the fact that they were prejudice. A good example of this is when the Moroccan prince talks to Portia for the first time and with th...
  • Barabas The Jew
    973 words
    There can be many similarities drawn to both the character Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, and Barabas in the Jew of Malta. However besides the obvious fact that they were both Jews, and the common stereo-types that were attributed to both of them such as being miserly and conniving, there are gaping differences in the dynamics of the characters themselves. "There are profound differences in Barabas and Shylock. The role assigned to by Shakespeare to his Christian characters is ...
  • Shylock As The Villain
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    The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - Victim or Villain In 1594 the Earl of Essex, an English Nobleman who lived during the Elizabethan period in England, was actively involved in the persecution and trials of Roderigo Lopez. Lopez was a Jew of Portuguese descent, who was wrongly accused of attempting to poison the Queen of England, for reasons never fully explained. Lopez, being the Queen's royal physician, was in no position to defend himself once he was accused. Essex, who provided the evidence a...
  • Shakespeares The Merchant Of Venice
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    The authors achievement is when he is able to leave an everlasting imprint on his Audience. William Shakespeares fictional characters, in The Merchant of Venice greatly influenced the way I view the world and myself. So, how is one of Shakespeares characters related to me Through Shakespeares ability to create multidimensional characters possessing every human characteristic possible, I was not only able to sympathize, but was also able to relate to most of the personages. When reading the play,...
  • Anti Semitic Play
    585 words
    Anti-Semitism in " The Merchant of Venice" Anti-Semitism in "The Merchant of Venice" Throughout the play, "The Merchant of Venice" William Shakespeare portrays anti-Semitism through many of his characters. Audiences today may interpret the play to be offensive, where as people of Shakespeare's time would have accepted the play as part of everyday life. The majority of London's population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there. Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Ve...
  • Christian And Shylock Being A Jew
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    In the two works entitled, The Merchant of Venice, and The Fixer, the reader is thrown into two authors world where antisemitism was apparently prevalent despite the very different times that they were written. The purpose of this paper is to briefly discuss how each of the main Jewish characters are portrayed: how they are alike and different. It will also demonstrate how the characters demonstrate an antisemitic viewpoint. In Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, the Jew in the story is S...
  • Shylock The Jew
    1,483 words
    Anti-Semitism and the desecration of the Jewish population have been in existence for nearly five thousand years. In the Elizabethan era, a question of anti-Semitism invariably arises. In William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, we find that one of the characters is the embodiment and expression of anti-Semitic attitude that is pervasive in Elizabethan society. 'Anti-Semitism was an intricate part in Shakespeare's years. Jews were considered vile and scorned upon. Shakespeare presents Judai...
  • Anti Semitic Wit Shylock
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    How Far Is Shylock's Jewishness Shown By Shakespeare To Be Responsible For His Actions And Attitudes One of the reasons Shakespeare's plays have always been popular is because of their appeal to different audiences. In the Merchant of Venice Shakespeare produces a quite intricate play bringing up the question of racism and morality for some of the more educated members of Elizabethan audience, whereas for others, mainly the ill-educated groundlings, it is simply a tale of an evil Jew who eventua...
  • Negative Views Of The Jews
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    Shakespeare's Portrayal of Jews In Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, there are, as is typical of Shakespeare, several different themes. One that emerges at the beginning and is present throughout the rest of the play is anti-semitism. Many of the people of Shakespeare's time shared the belief that Jewish people were inferior to Christians, a belief reaching far back to ancient times. To these prejudiced people, the Jewish character of Shylock appears to posses the typical negative qual...
  • Jews And Shylock
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    Discuss Shylock as either victim or villain, with reference to his performance in the Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice was written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan period. The play is a tragi-comedy written in his second period. It is set in Venice in the late 15th century. Venice is situated in the north-east of Italy and is known as Queen of the Adriatic for its strong naval power. The play is about Shylock a Jewish money lender trying to make a living and survive in a countr...
  • Shylock The Jew
    669 words
    Shakespeare uses contradictory emotions and beliefs though out the play. He raises many questions about racism and morality. Theses attitudes are relevant to the period the play was written. The play confronts the subject of Christians and Jews. There was great conflict between Christians and Jews, and Shakespeare portrayed this incredibly well thought out his play. Anti- Semitism had been present in England ever since Jews had inhabited the country. Tales were contrived of Jews stealing babies,...
  • Antonio And The Christians
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    The Merchant of Venice The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is about a Jew called Shylock who tries to kill Antonio, a Christian, by lending him money, but if he fails to pay it back on time, Shylock gets a pound of his flesh. Antonio is portrayed as a 'higher's oul basically because he is a Christian. A higher soul is someone who is poetic, likes music, or in the Medieval speech a Christian. Shylock is presented as a 'lower's oul, a lower soul is not poetic, does not have a good taste ...
  • Shylock On The Virtues Of Mercy
    617 words
    In this exciting scene at the court, Antonio came to the trial in preparation for his punishment. The Duke made a long speech in which he urged Shylock on the virtues of mercy. However Shylock was unmoved and was determined than ever to get his bond. Portia amongst all the others at the trial knew that justice was on Shylock's side. But she made a powerful addition to the divine quality of mercy, which brought the play to its climax. Portia was first presented as a young woman still under the co...
  • Shylock's Daughter
    1,421 words
    Shylock Victim or villain? William Shakespeare wrote the merchant of Venice in the Elizabethan period. The play is a tragic-comedy. It is set in a place called Venice in the late 15th century. Venice is situated in the north east of Italy and is known as the 'Queen of Adriatic' for its strong naval power. The play is about Shylock a Jewish moneylender, who is trying to make a living in a community and a Country that despises him and alienates him! At the time when the Merchant of Venice was writ...
  • Bond Between Shylock And Antonio
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    "The Merchant of Venice' was written by William Shakespeare almost certainly between 1596 and 1598 and was first performed at The Theater, London, in 1597. The play is classed as one of the sixteen comedy plays but it is also a "problem' play due to the tragic elements woven throughout the intricate plot. It was performed in front of a xenophobic, Elizabethan audience who were not particularly well educated or literate but they understood the complexities of the issues being raised in the play a...

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