Christians looked down on him, and he suffered humiliation and prejudice because of his job as a usurer and because of his race. The contract is for three times the value of the bond in three months or else Shylock cuts off a pound of flesh from Antonio. Later on, Antonios source of money, his ship, is reported sunken in the English Channel, dooming him to the loss of one pound of his flesh. In contrast, Belmont is a city in which people flee to in order to get away from the realities of commerce. Shylock is often noted as the most important character in the play, so the way he is performed can change how people interpret the play itself.
Antonio approach Shylock, a Jewish money-lender, who agrees to the loan only if Antonio undertakes to give him a pound of his flesh if he is unable to repay the money. The play is set in this time, in Venice, Italy. Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Shylock wants revenge for the loss of his daughter through the fulfillment of the bond. By providing Shylock with a motive to hate Antonio, Shakespeare rejects the notion that all Jews are inherently evil. This shows that he is not normal that he wants the pound of flesh.
Also Venice was very wealthy at the time. Character Study of Shylock and our feelings for him as the play progresses 1 He is seen as a mercenary money-lender approached by Bassanio for the loan of 3000 ducats with Antonio as the guarantor. Shylock charges high interest rates and when he is not repaid he insists on revenge. We have seen a hatred for the Jews since Shakespeare's time with Hitler's attempt to wipe out the Jewish race, but people in Shakespeare's day were unlikely to have met Jews who had not converted to Christianity as they had already been banned from England for three hundred years. England was going through a Christian reformation that had caused friction between Christians and Jews. However, to what extent should Shylock suffer and does he deserve our sympathy or hostility.
This separation has been outlined throughout history. Shylock is in 5 scenes in the play. Shylock can be seen as both the villain of the play and as a man who is very human. This plot is probably the most intense story-line in this Shakespeare play. They have suffered exile, torture, conversion, been massacred and even had their land Israel taken by the Turks. The Jews came over to Britain with William the Conqueror in 1066, and in 1217 they had to wear yellow badges to distinguish them.
Walley, was his ability to make each key character act like a real, rational person. He has a deep-seated hatred for Antonio. But the character of Shylock has also been the subject of much critical debate: How are we meant to evaluate the attitude of the Venetians in the play toward him? For example, Venice is a city of hustle and bustle, while Belmont is more placid. In addition to evil from Antonio, Shylock is despised by the Christians. The play is about Shylock a Jewish moneylender, who is trying to make a living in a community and a Country that despises him and alienates him.
By that point it is obvious to all that Shylock is consumed with evil and will stop at nothing to have his revenge, and the trial is both a condemnation of Shylock and a hope of reform for him. He has made a bond with Bassanio and Antonio that if his ships do not come back then he would take a pound of his flesh due to the debt of 3000 ducats. This testimony given proposes that Shylock is more of a deceitful character than what the Christian colony wants us to comprehend. A victim is someone that 'we' in general should, or may, feel sorry for and attempt to sympathise or empathise with. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? In the play, Shylock didn't adhere to these and was obviously hated by Antonio and the other Christians.
This time, however, Bassanio urges Antonio to loan it one more time while Bassanio will bring the latter hazard back again. It is oddly never ques. However, the play shows both Christian and Jewish characters in an equally bad light. Are you uncomfortable that he places so much importance on money? In the past, Antonio has also personally treated Shylock with contempt. In this play I will be analysing whether the character of Shylock is classed as a villain or victim. Shylock handles his business straightforward and charges interest because it is his job, although being a very high amount and if it isnt carried out, Shylock gets his payment of one pound of flesh.
A modern audience is more likely to sympathise with Shylock, as discrimination and racism, though it still exists, is deemed politically incorrect and consequently frowned upon. He makes Shylock both a Jew and a money lender, both of these things were despised by many Christians at the time this was written. He now takes on the dual roles of grief-stricken father and duped-miser, though it is almost entirely the latter10. In The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare uses the settings of Venice and Belmont to represent opposing ideas. Shakespeare wanted to contrast liberality against selfishness — in terms of money and in terms of love. Throughout the scene, Shylock continuously denies offers of ten times the amount of ducats he lent to Antonio.
To garner this pity, the audience must be fully aware of the oppression that Shylock has endured during his lifetime, merely because of his religion, and no reflection on his character. It was also said that some of their feature were to resemble that of the devil because of this an original audience would have seen the play as a comedy. Not only can lines in the play be interpreted by the audience in multiple ways, they are meant to have multiple meanings. Shylock is a bad example for the people of Venice: he is a very selfish, he is evil, he has no mercy for anyone and he will do anything to have Antonio dead. It is so unfair for Shylock that he actually loses his own trail even though he is the prosecution. The closest thing Shylock has to a friend is his daughter Jessica, who betrays him for a Christian and even his servant leaves him. The most outright demonstration of evil by Shylock is his insistence on the pound of flesh at the trial scene.