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You are Shylock - Write about your thoughts and feelings at the end of the play.

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You are Shylock. Write about your thoughts and feelings at the end of the play. I do not believe what just happened to me, it was all going so well. But those heartless, vicious Christians stood in my way. Stood in the way of one man getting what he deserved, what was fair. I hate all Christians. I will not become one of them! I actually thought the judge was on my side, on the side of the law. But I should have known better than to think a Christian would treat anyone fairly. Especially me. I had lost the case a thousand years before. From the first day I met Antonio I knew he was trouble. I gave him the benefit of the doubt, I helped a friend when he was in trouble. When he needed help, I was there. I disregarded how he would, "call me misbeliever, cut-throat dog, spit upon my Jewish gaberdine". ...read more.

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But he deserved what he was about to get. The next I heard of Antonio was the news that his ships had sunk. I was overjoyed. I felt I could kill the worthless brute at long last. My bond was still intact. It meant the world to me, and meant death for Antonio. What a nicer place the world would have been without that waste of space! Such malicious, hard-hearted Christians are a blot on the landscape of a beautiful world. My feelings for Antonio became known that day. I astonished that scumbag, Salarino, for actually proving Jews have hearts, feelings, and affections too. I spoke for the first time openly. My grief had built up since he "disgraced me, hindered me, laughed at my losses and mocked my gains". I had to speak from the heart to try to let those Christians know the depth of my feelings. Of course, they would not understand, for themselves being cruel, heartless liars. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then, just as I was about to cut that well-deserved pound of flesh, the judge twisted the bond. "He shall have nothing but the penalty" he spoke as he tried to "catch me upon the hip". Why, I ask, didn't they say beforehand that he not "doth shed one drop of Christian blood". How unjust! How unfair! They knew all along what they were going to do. Crooks! Cheats! That hell raiser, Antonio made my position even worse. His smug expression infuriated me. "Presently become a Christian," he ordered. Become a Christian! A Christian! I will still be Shylock to them. Shylock the Jew in a Christian's disguise. What is the point in changing my religion? It will not change the person I am. I will still be mocked. I will still be picked on, victimised, taunted... I will not change. I cannot change. I shall not change. They cannot deter me, I am who I am, regardless of who does or does not like it. I will stay as I am. I am Shylock. The Jew. Sophie Gigg 10E 1 ...read more.

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