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In the Merchant of Venice, not all villain wear Jewish gabardines Do you agree with this statement?

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"In the Merchant of Venice, not all villain wear Jewish gabardines" Do you agree with this statement? In my opinion, I agree that in the merchant of Venice, not all villains wear Jewish gabardines. By the phrase of "Jewish gabardines", it actually specifically refers to the Jews in the Merchant of Venice. The Jews were actually subjected to the religious discrimination from society, which actually mainly comprises of Christians in the Merchant of Venice, giving them a common misconception that they are villains. However, even though the Jews may be villains in a certain way, but they could be the product of their environment. In addition, it is also unnoticed that the Christians are villains themselves and in this essay, we would use Portia and Antonio. Firstly, let us look at the most prominent "villain" in the Merchant of Venice -Shylock. He is seen as a villain as he is an cunning person who manages to trick Antonio into falling into his elaborate trap to "feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him". ...read more.


Not only that, we can actually see Shylock as a victim from his "Hath not a Jew eyes?" speech that gives us reason to believe that he is actually a victim the Christian persecution thus in my opinion, it actually allow us to sympathize with his actions and make it seem like he is the victim instead. However, let us now look at the Christian villains themselves. Antonio is a villain as he shows a great deal of religious discrimination against the Jews. Antonio was actually digging his own grave as he repeatedly insults Jews, most prominently Shylock. First of all, he treats the Jews no better "curs". Also in Shylock "Hath not a Jew eyes" speech"; it is plain to see his unreasoned abuse. Besides that, it is not just a single occasion, instead "many time and oft, in Rialto you have rated me" and he even confessed that he is unrepentant and even mentioned that "(he is) as like to call thee so again". ...read more.


This is not seen openly as she only reveals it to her maid, Nerissa or mentions it subtlety to herself. This can be seen in the arrival of the Prince of Morocco where she immediately judges him without even seeing his behavior. After all, she mentions that "If he have the condition of a saint and the complexion of the devil, I would rather he shrive me than wive me". She even subtlety insults him by saying that "let all of his complexion choose me so", that practically shows her disgust of the dark-skinned people and hope that she does not marry such people. This brings out the "blind spots" of Portia and shows that she is not the person of public opinion but instead has colour discrimination which is a type of villainy. Thus, she is also a non-Jewish villain. In a nutshell, through the characters of Portia and Antonio, I do not think that the Jews were the only villains in the Merchant of Venice. Besides that, we should actually consider the fact that they are actually victims in the Venice's society as they are a product of Christian persections. ...read more.

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