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  • Acts Villainous Towards Launcelot
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    Many people are villainous in the way they act, and their villainous acts may be rooted in the desire to destroy others, or in the hopes of elevating themselves. Many people may only act 'villainous' in reaction to the way they have been treated in the past. Shylock the Jew is the villain or antagonist in the play The Merchant of Venice. Shylock mistreats Antonio the Christian, his daughter, Jessica and Launcelot. The first person Shylock mistreats, is Launcelot. He mistreats this servant by com...
  • 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...
  • Shylocks Daughter Jessica
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    How does Shakespeare present and develop the character Shylock The character Shylock is first introduced to us in Venice in act 1 scene 3 talking to Bassanio about the loan of 3000 ducats. Shylock is a moneylender who is a wealthy Jew and charges interest for the lending of his ducats. Even thou Shylock dislikes Antonio he still agrees to loan Bassanio the money on a bound of that if he does not pay back the 3000 ducats in the three months Shylock can cut off I pound of flesh from were he please...
  • Money From Shylock
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    Villain of Venice People often find security and self-assurance in acting evil towards other people. They may be out to destroy others, or improve their own social status. However, at the same time, the 'villain'; may also be out for revenge. Shylock, from William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, has each of these motives as he takes on the role of the antagonist in this play. Shylock, the Jew, manages to mistreat almost everyone in his life. He especially acts as a villain towards Lancelet...
  • Act 3 Scene 1
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    The Merchant of Venice: Shylock - An in-depth character analysis Often, The character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity, with a lust for Antonio's life. Through more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding member of his community, who endured abuse, forgave easily, and upheld the customs and law. Shylock endured much of Antonio's abuse, overt a long period of time. This can be seen by the sheer volume of disgra...
  • Shylock In The End Of The Play
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    In Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice there is a clear clash of opinions between Antonio and Shylock. Most of the characters in the play are definitely against Shylock because he is Jewish. But is the message that Shakespeare is putting across saying that all people should hate Jewish people I think that it could well be for these reasons. Firstly in the basic structure of the play, Shakespeare will always make subtle differences in the way he writes dialogue for each character. This being tha...
  • Audience's Sympathy For Shylock
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    How far is Shylock a character for whom we can feel sympathy? How would a contemporary audience's response to him differ from that of an audience in Shakespeare's time? Shylock isn't a character for whom we can feel much sympathy for because he always seems to be thinking about himself and his money rather than other people around him. Through most of the play he seems selfish, and it seems in some parts of the play as though he doesn't care about his daughter. He also has a very strict religion...
  • Shylock's Speech About Antonio's Abuses Towards Shylock
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    The Merchant of Venice: Hath not a Jew Mercy? Kevin Jacoby Many of William Shakespeare's plays have sparked controversy. Probably the one that has sparked the most controversy is The Merchant of Venice, which many intellectuals have dubbed an anti-Semitic play. The character that this discussion centers around is Shylock, the rich moneylender Jew. The problem with most of these anti-Semitic arguments is that they lack the perspective of the sixteenth century audience. Throughout Shakespeare's Th...
  • Human Qualities Of Shylock Throughout The Play
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    In Shakespeares Merchant of Venice the antagonist of the play is Shylock. Shylock is a wealthy Jewish moneylender. Shylock is probably the most memorable character in the play because of Shakespeares excellent characterization of him. Shylock is the antagonist in the play because he stands in the way of love, but this does not necessarily make him the villain of the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human. The villain that we see in Shylock is the...
  • Little Sympathy For Shylock
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    A Jewish moneylender in 16th Century Venice named Shylock was badly treated by Venetian society. This does not entitle him to any sympathy, as much of his treatment he brings upon himself. His thirst for revenge and his harshness to other characters in the play are proof of this. The main thing wrong with Shylock is his love of money. His makes readers unsympathetic towards him. We first meet Shylock in Act one scene three. His first words were 'Three thousand ducats'; this is a message from Sha...

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