The Merchant Of Venice Shylock Analysis

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In William Shakespeare 's "The Merchant of Venice," religion plays a big part in early 1600s venetian society. The antagonist, Shylock, is an extremely religious man who lets his vengeance get the better of him. Throughout the play Shylock was constantly being treated badly because of his religion. Shylock is viewed as the villain in the play because he is a Jew but is actually the victim because of negative actions done onto him by others.

When negotiating a deal with Antonio, Shylock gives him the opportunity to apologize for calling him dog and spitting in his face. This is evident because he brought up the event, not to make Antonio feel bad but to seek an apology. Antonio 's response after Shylock brings up his wrong doings
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Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge(3.1.3423423). At this point, Shylock has lost a large amount of money and his daughter and he is furious so he turns to revenge. The man feels betrayed by Christianity because his daughter converted to a Christianity. He argues that he 's going to take revenge on someone who wronged him because that’s what a Christian would do. He might sound harsh implying that Christians are revengeful people but later on in the play Portia and Antonio take revenge on him.

COURT After Shylock did not receive the money that he rightfully deserved, he took his bond to the duke to get his pound of flesh. Shylock had multiple opportunities to accept thrice the ducats instead of the flesh. This is something that can turn Shylock 's character from a victim to a villain but with the constant mistreatment it is understandable the reasons why he would want revenge over money. He demonstrates his lack of compassion, forgiveness, and his inability to come to a sensible agreement by not taking the money. Portia disguised as a doctor of law, determines Shylock can take the pond of flesh: "A pound of that same merchant 's flesh is thine: The court awards it, and the law doth give it" (4.1.23). As he goes to take it, she says he is attempting to murder a Christian and is therefore punishable. This is villainous of Portia to setup Shylock only to take everything he owns. She
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Antonio decision was "He presently become a Christian"(4.1.43). It is well known by Antonio that Shylock cherished his religion and lived by it strictly. This punishment is just salt in open wounds after Shylock lost everything. Forcing a religion on someone is inhume. Religion is faith and a change in faith at an old age takes everything Shylock knew throughout his life and says its wrong. Antonio gains absolutely nothing from changing another man 's religion but satisfaction. One might argue that Antonio truly wanted to save Shylock 's soul by converting him. There is no evidence that supports Antonio 's missionary work or him caring about Shylock 's soul. Recalling the beginning of the play, Antonio spit in his face and called him dog therefore Antonio does not care about him or saving his

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