My opinion is that Shylock has been victimized so much he chooses to be a villain in retaliation. He was made to look like a villain but all he wanted was revenge. For no reason, Jews are looked down upon for what they believe in. People like Antonio stop him from making money. The fact that he is bullied, commanded to stand out from the crowd so they can recognise him as a Jew, makes people understand why he would have wanted his bond so badly. One is that Shylock is a two-dimensional villain, a man who is a stereotypical, one-sided man with no true motive for his actions… actually bad or the other way around.
Again in this act Solanio and Salerio are deliberately being heinous towards Shylock. Antonio was one of the people that always messed with Shylock and Shylock had enough of it. The ending is also often viewed as anti-Semitic; Shylock loses his daughter and his ducats, and is forced to convert to Christianity. Why sweat they under burdens?. However, his life is spared and he is allowed to keep half of his money. However the candidate could have improved this essay by including facts gathered from independent research, for example it would be appropriate to mention how people of Jewish faith were treated at the time this play was written. Merchant of Venice: Is Shylock a Victim or Villian? A contemporary play, The Jew of Malta, shows a disgustingly stereotypical Jewish character who is everything Shylock is and more.
Eddie Carbone is a complicated character, some say he is a villain due to the actions that he takes, others sympathise with him, saying that he is a victim. He speaks of how he would never sell it as it means so much to him. The next powerful statement that Shylock makes is one which causes us to feel sorrow for Shylock. People to this day have acted because of the way they have been treated or how they have been bought up. And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? From this point I think that Shylock is a victim, because he is trying to make a good understandable point about the Jews and Christians but he knows that no one will take his point n consideration.
Hath not a Jew eyes? Antonio only agrees as he is completely sure his ships will reach the shore first. Shakespeare gives a clear message about Justice against Antonio for all that he has done towards Shylock; he wants to get his revenge within the law hence the bond. If he was a bad father, would he care to tell Jessica to avoid the wild parties when he knows how dangerous and immoral they can be. Doing it like this would mean as an audience we would also be influenced by the joking atmosphere and therefore feel less sympathetic towards Shylock. Just as some Christians hate cats, pigs, and rats, Shylock hates Antonio. Launcelot wants to start working for Bassanio. Shylock does not show mercy towards anyone, and therefore does not earn mercy towards himself.
The Merchant of Venice was 1st performed at the globe all those years ago and is still being performed today. It is clear none of the characters feel any sympathy towards Shylock, simply because he is a Jew. For example, in Act 1: Scene 2 we learn that Portia must marry whichever man chooses the right casket. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have endured at the hands of others. Middle Shylock is a victim of unprovoked and vicious mistreatment from many different places. These two words are the total opposites of each other.
In this essay, I must come to a conclusion on whether I see Shylock as a victim or a villain, using the metaphoric scales of judgement to outweigh the good with the bad, or visa versa. He had also been depicted as a Villain in the way he expressed hate and loathing towards Antonio, repeatedly showing him no mercy and indirectly and directly wanting to kill him. Lorenzo is a Christian and Jessica is a Jew. This identification leads Shylock to religious persecution every time he is to leave the ghetto to conduct day to day business, and his nights are to be confined within the ghetto walls. Shakespeare fills your mind with suspicions, theories and questions but only your emotions and thoughts can decide whether Shylock was a victim or a villain. He was tried, condemned and hung, drawn and quartered.
In such instances, revenge can be a key motivator in inspiring them to act in a villainous way. I believe it is wrong to play god. It takes a special character to withstand a bombardment of abuse. Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website! We are first introduced to Shylock in Act I Scene iii where we learn of his usury. Although this could be seen as part of his plan to lure Antonio in. Later Jessica goes of with Lorenzo and Salerio to leave for the party. Antonio seems to be the one that Shylock focuses his anger on though a lot of other people behave in the same way towards him, for example Salerio and Solanio.
At this point we class Shylock to be a victim, left with no money, between lending to Antonio and his daughter thieving off him, he is ruined. If Shakespeare had really wished to deride Jews, this is what Shylock would look like. The tables have turned and he is so near to his revenge and Antonio is now so helpless under Shylocks new power. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. Jessica is planning on sneaking ut and seeing Lorenzo, the Christian. Shylock is begged by everyone to show Antonio mercy. Hath not a Jew eyes? The creature is an unwanted person.
The inevitable happens but was this, the turning point for Shylock. Attitudes in the sixteenth century towards Jews meant that any Jewish character would have been expected to conform to a stereotype, like Marlowe's Barabas in The Jew of Malta, a conventional comic play. He lets his emotions out many of the ideas used have been taken straight from the teachings of the Christian church. He often speaks prose in the play, which marks him out as an outsider. A reason to believe Shylock is the victim is when he goes to dinner with Bassanio, Act2, Scene5 and is completely clueless that his daughter is about to elope with a Christian. Shylock was made a laughing stock of and is ridiculed by the Christians because he was Jewish.