William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay

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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 was "I am as like to call thee so again, to spit on thee again, to spurn thee too"(1.3.383947389). If Antonio would have apologized, it is likely that Shylock would not have made the deal for a pound of flesh. Shylock is a victim of Shylock 's disrespect and humiliation in front of Bassanio. Shylock actually spoke well of Antonio before he came in the scene to Bassanio. Shylock referring to his business history says, "my meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient"(1.3.374892). This furthers the notion that Shylock does not have an issue with Antonio and he just wants an apology for their pervious quarrel.

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