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Merchant Of Venice

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In this essay the merchant of Venice, I will discus how Shakespeare makes shylock an unsympathetic character and how people treat and act towards him. I will also talk about how shylocks life changes when he decides to stick to his unusual bond. The action of the play takes place in Venice. The beautiful Italian city is located on the sea coast in the north of Italy. I will support my essay by using quotations as evidence. Shylock is a rich old Jewish moneylender. He and his daughter live alone with Lancelot gobbo as their servant. Shylock is a respected Jew in his parliament. The moneylender is a Jew, a member of a race feared and despised. Shylock cannot engage in any professions, and is forced into the business of usury-lending money for profit. ...read more.

Middle

Shylock is a good hater; "a man no less sinned against than sinning. If he carries his revenge too far, it will comeback to haunt him in the future. He has strong grounds for "the lodged hate he bears Antonio," which he explains his reason. Over daily insults and injuries has crusted over his temper and has hardened him against everyone he loves. There is a strong, quick, and deep sense of justice mixed up with the bitterness of his resentment. Antonio a Venetian merchant of considerable wealth, he makes his money from "ventures", or mercantile enterprises using his fleet of ships. Much liked by his friends, Salanio, Gratiano and Salarino, Antonio is owed money by his friend Bassanio. The title of this play is considered to be from this character as well as the character of Shylock. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is however a catch; if the debt is not repaid, Antonio as security will forfeit one pound of his flesh. It is Shylock who is responsible for the immortal lines, "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not want revenge?" Meanwhile, Lancelot Gobbo, Shylock's servant has a problem; he hates his boss. Bassanio arrives and after some conversation, Lancelot becomes Bassanio's new servant. Jessica, Shylock's daughter plans to elope with Lorenzo against her father's wishes. Jessica reveals her shame for her father to Lancelot. Lorenzo a close friend of both Bassanio and Antonio, Lorenzo explains to his friends Gratiano, Lorenzo, Salarino and Salanio, how they will help him help Jessica run away from her father. I understand Jessica isn't very happy at home. ...read more.

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