William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay

1721 Words Mar 4th, 2015 7 Pages
People are always quick to judge those who are in the minority, and usually look down on them, even though they may have quite a bit in common, it is the little details, such as skin tone, religion, orientation, that cause a divide. William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice demonstrates the struggles of a Jewish moneylender, Shylock to get justice while his world crumbles as bonds and relations disappear before his eyes. The play is filled with much anti-semitism expressed by the majority of Christian citizens of Venice towards Shylock. The Merchant of Venice challenges the widespread anti-semitism of the time by demonstrating how similar events impact both Jews and Christians in the same way. When a person is wronged by another, the desire to strike back at them is very common among all humans, no matter what religion, gender, or age. In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock, a Jew, and Antonio, a Christian, both express a desire for revenge when they have been wronged. Shylock, after learning that Antonio will not be able to repay his loan of three thousand ducats, is understandably angry. The bond made by Antonio and Shylock states that if Antonio cannot pay back the bond, he will forfeit one pound of his flesh. This may not seem like a very logical or useful item to be forfeited, considering it cannot be used for anything, but Shylock, defends this decision, saying that it will “Bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge.” (III.1.49-50).…

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