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merchant of venice- shylock character analysis

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Oral assessment: merchant of Venice 1) In this play even though the title highlights Antonio, shylock is a strong character in the sense that the other characters are anti-Semitic. Shylock also has emotions however, is labelled "the Jew" because of his beliefs. To begin with, shylock had no intention of lending Antonio money as he despises him and feels he has been treated unjustly, "you called me dog; and for these courtesies, I'll lend you thus much moneys." Shylock lends the money with reluctance, hoping Antonio won't repay the bond therefore, ensuring a chance to inflict pain upon him. "if you repay me not on such a day, in such a place, such sums or sums as are, expressed in the condition, let the forfeit ........... an equal pound, of your fair flesh to be cut off and taken, in what part of your body pleaseth me." This quote by shylock highlights his hate for Antonio and Christians thereby, thinking he will have fulfilled his revenge. ...read more.


From this we can see that shylock cares more about his wealth rather than his love and affection towards his daughter. In this effect shylock is wise in his wealth but lacks to show feelings and love for Jessica. Shylock, the Jew, is portrayed as a fiend who wants revenge against a Christian. Shylock wants a piece of Antonio's flesh due to a forfeited bond. Bassanio, Antonio's friend offers to pay off the debt and even too give extra money on top. Shylock refuses and poses the question to Bassanio; he asks whether he would free his slaves and Bassanio says no explaining they are his. Shylock reaffirms this by saying he wants his flesh, he bound to have a pound of his flesh and wants it. "You will answer 'The slaves are ours'. So do I answer you. The pound of flesh which I demand of him is clearly bought. Tis mine, and I will have it". Bassanio offers shylock six thousand ducats, "For thy three thousand ducats here is six." ...read more.


This shows anyone could bend the rules but, her effectiveness and intellectuality allows her to make the law work for her. Here we can see how much power Portia had to use at no expense whilst she was dressed as a man and how society's attitude towards women, and jews were at the time. Also, we can see the similarities between shylock and Portia where shylock is fully aware of Venetian law, "I stand here for law" and how he is abiding by it. However, Portia arises to show her intellect by putting shylock into a predicament. These two characters also have great wealth and are both mindful of it but ironically a bond of money being shylock's downfall whereby, he is forced to convert to Christ; this is where we see the nature of anti-semitism. We know both characters experience strong feelings. Shylock shows his consideration for his daughter in act2 scene5 also we know of portia's feelings towards Bassanio as she calls for music to be played which creates atmosphere and sets the mood for Bassanio's decision showing how much consideration she has for him. ?? ?? ?? ?? Hassan Alli Eng lit ...read more.

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