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Shylock Coursework

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Shylock Coursework Shylock is the topic of this piece of coursework. He was a character in the merchant of Venice which was written by Shakespeare. The play was first printed in 1600 and was first seen as a copy of the play "Jew of Malta". One of the reasons Shakespeare chose Venice as the setting for his play was that Venice had many cultures and religions in it. Also Venice was very wealthy at the time. Shylock is in 5 scenes in the play. The part he plays is very important to the whole play. The first scene he appears in is act 1 scene 3. He is a money lender. He is approached by Bassanio to lend his friend, Antonio, three thousand ducats (the currency) for the span of three months. After a while of thought Shylock decides that he would like to speak to Antonio. ...read more.


This scene made me feel a bit sympathetic for Shylock because his own daughter has just stolen all of his money and he hasn't done anything wrong. The third scene Shylock plays a part in is act 3 scene 1. Shylock is delighted in the fact that there is a rumour spreading that Antonio's ships have been wrecked. These ships contained all of Antonio's wealth. Shylock is happy now because he can kill Antonio, as he hates him. I think Shylock isn't a bad man or a lawbreaker; he just wants revenge as Antonio calls him and makes fun out of him. Shylock tries to explain to Antonio that he is still human and deserves to be treated like a human. The penultimate scene Shylock is involved in is act 3 scene 3. Shylock has the duty of taking Antonio off to prison; this is so that the duke can decide on Antonio's fate. ...read more.


After deciding that he would not lose all his possessions he decides that his only option is to convert to Christianity. This scene was very important and shows that Shylock is a wealthy man because he would have lost his estate to Antonio. It also shows that he is more bothered about his money than anything else. An important quote that Shylock said in 4:1 is "what judgement shall I dread, doing no wrong?" this means that he believes he has done nothing wrong and that he followed the contract. Another important quote is in 1:3 and it said "cursed by my tribe, if I forgive him." This means that if Shylock was to drop the bond then the Jews that he knows will hate him. Overall I think that Shylock can be misjudged for an evil person who doesn't show any mercy. I think that it is present in some of his scenes as he just wants to kill Antonio, whereas he does have a human side to him. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sam Toplis 10C ...read more.

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