In short, they have been taught villainy, rather than it being an integral part of their personality. The last major case of anti-Semitism was during Hitler's reign as. Throughout The Merchant of Venice, it is easy to see why one would think of Shylock as the symbol of the devil, but perhaps William Shakespeare intended for Shylock to be portrayed as the misunderstood victim. Shylock is a victim of the play because he is mistreated. Additionally, his speech is further heightened by the references towards death to create suspense. Antonio signed that bond and promised that money, Shylock has been wronged; he has had his money stolen from him by his daughter and Lorenzo. It existed because the Jews were originally seen as 'Christ killers' so therefore the hatred between Christians and Jews has existed ever since then.
How can one not feel pity for Shylock in this instance? Because it is a play, an audience in Shakespeare's time may well have thought the same and, indeed, may have been expected to do so. He is now in danger of death or destruction. I agree with this assumption, but only to a certain extent. However, Shylock is offered three times his money back and he still demands his pound of flesh; this moves him into the realms of villainy. William Shakespeare wrote 'The Merchant of Venice' in about 1597. It depends on his portrayal as to how much an audience has sympathy for his position and character as to how much he is judged at the end of the play.
To some extent, I believe that Shakespeare had intended to portray him as a victim also since the character was meant to undertake the Christian law and society of the Elizabethan age and confront some certain prejudice and intolerance. It is set in two cities Venice and Belmont. When Antonio couldn't pay Shylock his money back, it was Shylock's turn to mess with Antonio. The change at the beginning of Act One, Scene Three, allows Shakespeare to create more of a dramatic impact, it causes tension within the audience and helps to intensify the impact of Antonio's entrance. In the first place, these other villains see themselves as evil, and while they may try to justify their own villainy, they also revel in it, making asides to the audience and self-consciously comparing themselves to the Vice character of medieval morality plays. Their villainous acts may be attributed to their desire to destroy others and in turn elevate themselves to a higher financial or social level.
At the beginning of the play, Antonio asks Shylock to loan him money. We already know that the Duke is going to be biased against Shylock. His justification is purely given in terms of his hatred for Antonio. Shylock had a low-status as a Jewish character but does speak in verse on occasion during the play. At the end of the play some of the audience may felt strongly that Shylock is a victim. While we understand his motivation, we cannot excuse the endless perpetuation of such villainy.
His views of himself and others are rational, articulate, and consistent. He plays an important role in the story as it is he who first lends Antonio money and the story spiralled from there. He doesn't seek revenge personally against Antonio, but against the Christians that have jeered at him and his religion for so long. Shylock is expecting Antonio would come to him for a favor sooner or later because Shylock knows Antonio lends money without interest. One last reason to argue that Shylock is a victim is when he learns of how Jessica is spending the money she stole from him.
Especially this bond which is made between a Christian and a Jew. This essay will look at whether shylock is a villain or a victim. Shylock refuses to eat with the Christians: A modern audience may find these lines insulting. Shakespeare tries to portray Shylock in a number of ways however I believe his main focus in the play, is on his villainous side. A Jew, he reasons, is equipped with the same faculties as a Christian, and is therefore subject to feeling the same pains and comforts and emotions. Shylock was also backstabbed by his own daughter, who stole from him and ran away with a Christian.
Shylock realizes that he does not have the money on hand to lend to Antonio, and instead of turning Antonio down for the loan, he plans to borrow the money from another. Shylock can easily be assumed to be the antagonist in this play or, after careful research and study, he can also be viewed as persecuted individual who resorts to revenge as a last resort after he has been pushed too far. Introduction In 'The Merchant of Venice' in Act 1 Scene 3, Shylock is described as being 'the devil' by Antonio. However, it is difficult to view Shylock as anything other than a devious, bloodthirsty and heartless villain in the majority of the play. The Duke calls Antonio by his name but calls Shylock 'Jew'.
Must Jessica convert to Christianity in order to be accepted by Lorenzo and his friends? The Merchant of Venice is a play written by William Shakespeare that takes place in Venice during the time of anti-Semitism. He can be played as a merciless old miser or as a persecuted bitter old loner. Soon after Shylock's daughter runs away from home with Lorenzo, a Christian, and takes her father's ducats with her. I don't think that I would class him as neither a villain nor a victim, as he is a Jackal and Hyde sort. Although Antonio may have been abusing Shylock there are also numerous occurrences where Shylock is abusing Antonio.
These two words are the total opposites of each other. There are a few points in the story where he can be viewed as victimised, as most Jews were at that time, but Shakespeare… 1866 Words 8 Pages present both Shylock as both victim and villain? Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare uses his great skill in writing to make a character appear as if he is both a villain and a victim. Ridiculing a stereotypical Jew was fashionable in Elizabethan drama because it reflected the commonly held view that Jews were to blame for everything from economic problems to child murder and the plague. The play revolves around a Christian character named Antonio and a Jewish moneylender named Shylock. Still have I borne it with a patient shrug For suff'rance is the badge of all our tribe. However, the root cause of their villainy may be a response to the treatment they have endured at the hands of others.