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Marchant of Venice

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Introduction

How does Shakespeare develop the character of Shylock in the Merchant of Venice? In Act 1 Scene 3 Shakespeare presents Shylock as a person who is associated with money; for example when Shylock said 'three thousand ducats'. Shakespeare reveals Shylock as a strong traditional Jew, when he said to Bassano 'I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with'. Shakespeare shows us that Shylock is a person' who is friendly to people. For example when Shylock said to Antonio 'this is kind I offer' and 'I extend this friendship', this reveals Shylock as a friendly person. Shakespeare is convincing us to see Shylock as a sarcastic person, when Shylock said 'I cur can lend three thousand ducats?' ...read more.

Middle

Shakespeare again represents Shylock as money obsessed, when he said 'dream of money bags tonight'. In Act 3 Scene 1 Shakespeare presents Shylock as angry and was very disappointed person after Jessica disappeared; he said 'The curse never fell upon our nation'. Shakespeare reveals Shylock as a man, who wants revenge on Antonio; when Shylock said 'It will feed my revenge'. Shakespeare wants us to see Shylock as a person who has been victimised, when Shylock said 'Laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains'. In Act 3 Scene 3 we see Shylock as a powerful man when he said 'The Duke shall grant me justice'. Shakespeare presents Shylock as a proud person in front of Antonio, when he said 'I will not be soft and dull-eyed fool'. ...read more.

Conclusion

He said 'Pay the bond thrice'. Shylock was presented as a desperate man, when he said 'Give me my principal'. Shakespeare also wants us to see Shylock has been humiliated by the decision of the court when he said, 'Take my life and all'. Shakespeare reveals Shylock as a broken man after the decision of the court, when he said 'I'm not well'. Also Shakespeare presents Shylock as resign person after he saw that he cant win his bond; when he said 'I stay no longer questioned'. In conclusion, Shakespeare shows us how Shylock changed compared to earlier, when he was hating Christians and when he refuse to take the money and he was insisting on his bond. But later he changed and agreed to be a Christian and he wanted to take the money. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE Coursework Shakespeare. John Ambwene ...read more.

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