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Merchant of Venice

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Essay Merchant of Venice Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare is the story of a man who wishes to wed a woman, in order o do so he needs to borrow money from his good friend. The play is that of an anti-semitic one. The play is an anti-semitic one because the Jews are looked upon as evil and untrustworthy. For the entire play the Jew is never meant to look as a good person, and he is abused by almost everyone in the play. When the Jew does have his sympathetic lines, they were actually meant to be comedic. Only because of his religion is he discriminated against, people of this time would have found this amusing. Through the way that Jews are looked upon as the racist ones, Jewish people are only care of wealth; which makes them materialistic, Jewish people can suddenly turn Christian overnight, abuse should not cause hate from the Jews, the Jew suffers great loss in the end. The Jews in the story are looked upon as the racist ones. ...read more.

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The Christian lends out money because he cares for another person, he lends to friends and wishes nothing in return. The Jewish person lends out to enemies or acquaintances and also friends in order to make a fortune from them. He treats them all the same, which tells us he only has friends through religion, so he does not really care for them. They are only his friends because they help him in his business, to make him more money. Shylock notices some jewels missing and is deeply upset by this because they were stolen by his daughter (p.62). Shylock cares more for his jewels departing from him than he does his own daughter! A Christian would not do this, when Bassanio is about to lose Antonio he tells him that he would give up everything to keep him alive (p.100). Jewish people can simply change to Christian overnight, showing that they are not true to their religion such as the Christians. Jews are not true to their religion because they are not making sure their children are content with it, but all the Christian's are content, none of them convert in the story. ...read more.

Conclusion

All evil is triumphed over in the end, their wickedness washed away in the end of the book. This shows everyone that is bad to be a Jewish person; you will just lose in the end and turn Christian anyways. It looks as though the Christians have saved him in the end, he has no reason to feel bad, he is off to heaven now, and will not be damned in the end. The Jew loses all of his wealth and heritage to Christians in the end of the play, to the town of Venice, composed of Christians, and to Antonio, the Christian (p.104). He would have rather killed himself than to do this if he were true to his religion, like the Christians were. Greed only done by Jews showing they have no feeling, Jews being looked at as the racist ones, conversion, not being allowed to hate, and great loss all cause The Merchant of Venice to anti-Semitic. Only modernization of the people may make it look not that way, the play has not modernized itself, just the way people perceive it, but in true form Shylock was meant to a clown not to be taken seriously. ...read more.

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