William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice Essay
All stories have an array of characters, with usually at least one clear and evident villain. Shylock is undoubtedly one of the most memorable characters in the play, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. He is also the subject matter of the argument as to whether he is or is not a merciless villain. Shylock has the villainous qualities of being vengeful and merciless which are portrayed when he demands a pound of Antonio’s flesh, and when Antonio cannot pay the bond. Evidently, Shylock is also greedy and materialistic, and shows these qualities when he appears to care more about his ducats and jewels than his daughter, Jessica, who runs away to marry a Christian. Shylock also tends to obstruct true love by interfering with all three couples in the play. By examining story details, events, and important quotes from the play, it is clear that Shylock was a villain, even by Elizabethan era standards.
Shylock consistently shows what an appalling villain he is throughout the play. In Act I Scene III, after Shylock recognizes that it is Antonio who he will be distributing the loan to, he says,
“(aside) How like a fawning publican he looks! I hate him for he is a Christian, but more for that in low simplicity he lends out money gratis and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. He hates our sacred nation, and he rails, Even…