William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay

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You can decide your fate. This general idea is carried out through the story of WIlliam Shakespeare 's comedy playwright, The Merchant of Venice. Mainly by the character who could be considered unmerciful, Shylock, who is a jewish merchant. Even though Shylock was discriminated by the christians, Shylock’s fate could have been avoided if he had a more positive attitude towards Christians, if his relationship with his daughter was better, and if he was more thorough in his bond.
The negative attitude that Shylock gave towards everybody shaped his fate. Towards the beginning of the story, Shylock said to Bassanio: “You call me misbeliever, cutthroat dog. And spet [spat] upon my Jewish gaberdine. And all for use of that which is mine own. Well then, it now appears you need my help.” (1.3.109-112) Shylock still brings up the negative ways people used to treat him. This may be to set guilt upon Christians but this action take its downturn when he was forced to be a Christian, this all ties back to his negative attitude. If he simply helped Bassanio, his very fate wouldn’t be as much as a high rate. Another example would be when Shylock received news that Jessica ran away from him with Lorenzo. Shylock said a comment about Antonio, “I 'll plague him I 'll torture him” (3.1.115-116). Shylock’s mind on the group of Christians are nothing but evil and resentment, Shylock isn’t assessing the situation calmly. Shylock is thinking in a very blunt manner, only increasing the chance of…

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