Essay William Shakespeare 's The Merchant Of Venice

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If a supposed villain were to lose all he worked hard for, be abandoned by loved ones, and be forced to give up his identity after being oppressed by other civilians with strong religious beliefs, would this individual remain as villainous as intended to be? In The Merchant of Venice, a play written by William Shakespeare, a dramatic plot was set in an era where the judgement and persecution of Jewish people was acceptable. Respectively, Shakespeare chose to characterize the villain of the play to be a Jewish moneylender named Shylock. Although Shylock’s service was commonly detested by Venetian citizens, two Christian Renaissance men named Antonio and Bassanio proceeded to request a loan from Shylock. In making this deal, the plot began to reveal a multitude of dimensions to Shylock’s character. Admittedly, Shylock may possess intentionally villainous motives or values such as the desire for a pound of Antonio’s flesh as a consequence of a late reimbursement. However, he remained a sympathetic character throughout the play because he had been robbed of his valuable possessions and his identity while also being personally victimized by Christians due to his religion.
Indeed, Shylock’s desire for a pound of flesh from another individual was a rather wicked ambition. In fact, the exact condition that Shylock placed on Antonio and Bassanio when they came to him for 3,000 ducats was this: “Expressed in the condition, let the forfeit Be nominated for an equal pound Of your fair…

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