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Should I Feel Sympathy For Shylock Carstens denied doggiejoy's structuration idea.

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Should I Feel Sympathy For Shylock Carstens denied doggiejoy's structuration idea. This question could be answered in many different ways; Shylock is indubitably the most complex character in 'The Merchant of Venice' in my opinion. The name of the play 'The Merchant of Venice' is derived from the character of Antonio, (a merchant from Venice), who many consider to be the lead part in the play; I however do not think that the play has a lead role, but rather there are many large parts including Antonio and Shylock. b1AP Visit coursework dd in dd fo dd for dd more hypothesis dd Do dd not dd redistribute b1AP 'The Merchant of Venice' is split into four separate parts: the bond between Shylock and Antonio (the pound of flesh), the winning of Portia by Bassanio, the elopement between Jessica and Lorenzo and the rings (the love test). These last two, however, are not exactly large parts of the story. Shylock is only a part of the bond section with references and small appearances in the elopement section. Carstens enveloped doggiejoy's marxism idea. As I mentioned earlier, Shylock is a complex character, at some points it is difficult to feel any sympathy at all for him, but at other times you cannot help but feel at least a little sorry for him. The main theme of 'The Merchant of Venice' appears to be the prejudice that the Christian religion had on the Jews. The Elizabethan audience would have seen this play as hilarious and that Shylock was undoubtedly a villain, however a modern audience would see it as a play showing how strong prejudice is. People are still unsure whether this was what Shakespeare had intended and that he was vastly ahead of his time.coge ger segegew orge gek inge foge ge! Many directors have used different interpretations of Shylock; some have seen him as a downright villain and others have seen him as a fairly humane person. ...read more.

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We work very hard to create this website, and we trust our visitors to respect it for the good of other students. Please, do not circulate this paper elsewhere on the internet. Anybody found doing so will be permanently banned. Shylock has one of the most powerful speeches ever in any Shakespearian play, which shows just how bad prejudice can be and why it should not be. This is one of the main reasons why so many historians whether Shakespeare was just a good playwright or was he vastly ahead of his time? doggiejoy, please do not redistribute this cours. We work very hard to create this website, and we trust our visitors to respect it for the good of other students. Please, do not circulate this cours elsewhere on the internet. Anybody found doing so will be permanently banned. "I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? 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 revenge?" This paper from www.coursework.info By this point shylock has managed to transform a beautiful and moving speech into a motive for revenge, this shows how low he is. At this point I could feel a fair amount of sympathy for Shylock due to the speech; however if it were not for the motive for revenge, I would be inclined to feel more sympathy for him. Shakespeare's use of repeating rhetorical questions in this speech portrays sentiments common to society, this repetition creates a powerful cumulative effect thus in many ways Shylock is representative of us all.cocg cgr secgcgw orcg cgk incg focg cg; Shylock also mentions in another speech in this scene that Jessica ran off with a diamond that cost two thousand ducats. ...read more.

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This proves yet again how important money is to Shylock, he would rather die than lose his wealth. Not even Antonio, who is supposedly a good man, shows mercy for Shylock, in fact Antonio gives Shylock a far worse punishment,cogf gfr segfgfw orgf gfk ingf fogf gf! "He presently become a Christian;" LgY from LgY coursewrok LgY work LgY info LgY This would have been dreadful for Shylock as he is very strong in his faith. I do not believe that Antonio passed this act out of prejudice but rather due to the deep loathing he has for Shylock as a person, and Antonio knows that to turn Christian would be the worst punishment thinkable for Shylock. Shylock grudgingly accepts his punishment and we do not hear about him for the rest of the play. This hypothesis from www.coursework.info Throughout the play there is a great use of epithet, especially by Gratiano. Shylock gets referred to many a thing, such as, 'dog', 'cur', and 'devil'. These are used many times as they are seen as the ways to describe Shylock.cofc fcr sefcfcw orfc fck infc fofc fc: Many people have different opinions as to whether they should feel any mercy towards Shylock. Whilst some say they have no sympathy for Shylock and that he deserved everything he got, others may have complete sympathy for him and it is in fact Antonio who should have no sympathy. I however do feel an amount of sympathy for Shylock, however it is not that great.cocc ccr seccccw orcc cck incc focc cc: Speeches such as 'Hath not a Jew eyes?' and so forth do give me great amounts of sympathy for Shylock, but he ruins a beautiful speech by using it as a means for revenge. Finally I do not feel that much sympathy for Shylock, not because he is a Jew, but rather because he is a downright unspeakable villain, who may not have deserved everything he got, but did deserve something. d ...read more.

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