Evaluation of Shylock as a Tragic Hero Essay

1153 Words May 31st, 2011 5 Pages
Shylock is a monster of cruelty, miser, greedy, suspicious ,cunning , bloodthirsty ,revengeful, mean ,a bad father and a bad master. But it is the circumstances that made him like this. Shylock is a tragic figure, trapped by prejudice and driven to revenge by the treatment he receives He is not cruel by nature. He is human in inner-self as the Christians are. He is therefore the most injured man, insulted, abused and disgraced by the Christians and even by his own daughter,

His cruelty is made by centuries of insult and outrage which the Christians inflicted upon the Jews race. Shylock became hard and savage by long and cruel oppression.
He suffers immensely. Shylock’s humiliation and sufferings can only be measured by someone who
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Shylock, the Jew has hatred against the Christians in general but Antonio, the merchant of Venice in particular .He has strong reasons for it. The reason of his such revengeful attitude towords the Christians and in particular towards Antonio is Christian’s abhorrence towards him and his race which is the false belief of the Christian’s that the Jews murdered Jesus Christ and therefore in league with the devil and this the Jews were actively working to subvert the spread of Christianity .this belief was driven by the early church. In Merchant of Venice Antonio abhorred Shylock because of this inherited belief. Antonio’s treatment of Shylock is most unfriendly and insulting. He hates the Jews in general and Shylock in particular.He has publicly condemned Shylock.He has been spitting on him at the Rialto in the past and abusing him.He has called him a mis-believer and a cut-throat dog .He has often spat upon his Jewish gabardine. He has been heaping disgrace and insult upon him. Even when he seeks for loan from Shylock from his friend Bassanio Shylock recites the various insults and injuries he has received at Antonio’s hands Antonio haughtily replied “ I am as like to call thee so again.To spit on thee,to spurn thee too.” Naturally how can Shylock forget this humiliation he has received at the hands of Antonio.He is constantly abused by others as well.Gratiano calls him “inexorable dog” in the court infront of the Duke,and

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