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In your opinion is Shylock portrayed as a villain or a victim In the Merchant of Venice?

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In your opinion is Shylock portrayed as a villain or a victim In the Merchant of Venice? 'The Merchant of Venice' is a play written by William Shakespeare, and set in a city in the centre of Europe, Venice- were money lending is a key topic, this is one of the many important aspects of the play, which lead to reasons why Shylock, on of the characters in the play the play could be a villain or a victim. The play begins with an introduction to the characters and their background, this is done to give the audience an idea of what to expect from that character and how he will continue to behave. The main theme of the play- money lending is introduced and began by Antonio and Shylock lending each other money. Antonio, a man that care for his friends borrow money off Shylock, a rival in business and religion to him, only for the sake of his friends. Shylock intends to lend his the money with interest, however a deal between the two was made that Shylock will take a pound of flesh from Antonio, only if his money does not come back in time, this is done instead of the interest. ...read more.


He does this, only for the sake of revenge, to only feed his revenge against Antonio's humiliations towards him. Again proven as a villain, as his mercy wasn't present, his mercy was no were to be seen. So eager to get his bond, he even rejected the offer of ten times the borrowed money, "I would have my bond", this again tells us how cruel and eager he is in getting revenge, and that he will take nothing but his bond. Shylock the so-called "Devil" enjoys torturing others, "I'll torture him, I'm glad of it", he proves his evilness by saying these words, even worse he admits that he is happy and glad of it, this is because of his greed for revenge. Antonio however thinks he is worse than horrible. Shylocks name towards Antonio is not visible, but what is visible in his names place is "Jew" or "Devil", this tell us that Antonio is purely against Shylock, because of what he does. This tells us that Antonio's character is not sort of bright as well, but in fact can be cruel. As well as strong evidence of him being a villain, there also is evidence of him being a victim, such as a betrayal from his daughter, when she ...read more.


However I think he is neither a villain or a victim, this is because by looking at his behaviour through out the play and by the equal number of points that prove he is a villain/ victim, and because of these reasons I think of him as I think of the other characters. If I were to direct the play I would start the play with bright lighting in the opening scenery, because it would show that it is a normal bright day, and as the play progresses, I would begin to use dark lighting and give some of the characters powerful speeches, such as, "Your blood and flesh will feed my revenge, your money is of no concern to me any more", I would give this speech to Shylock to say during the court case. During the speech, I would make the scene dark and fogy, this will give the effect of evil in the atmosphere, this would also make the audience think of Shylock as a cruel and evil Jew. With this speech given to him I think that Shylock can and will be seen as an evil character. ?? ?? ?? ?? Miloud Belarbi 11F ...read more.

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