Shylock wanted Antonio dead no matter what Shylock was offered. Shylock refuses to take the money and wants Antonio dead. Shylock is described very little physically, and is instead, referred to by the characters as the devil or a beast. Walley, was his ability to make each key character act like a real, rational person. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Probably the most important and emphasized characteristic of Shylock is his vindictive and cruel nature — his desire to take revenge at any cost.
Writing this play that negatively views Jewish people, Shakespeare not only propagates the prejudicial view of Jews, but he invites all interpreters and adaptors to do the same. But critics are divided on their opinion on how to interpret this character — Is he really that bad? Throughout the play he has been very much a victim, but has also been quite a villain in parts of the play, and to some of the. All this because he is a Jew. Shakespeare never seriously defined or condemned a group through the presentation of an individual; he only did this for the purposes of comedy by creating caricatures in miniature for our amusement. Here, Salerio implies as classed system in which Antonio's stately ships are better than all of the poor merchants's ships.
This is powerful stuff, but we should also point out that, elsewhere in the play, Shylock himself tends to emphasize the differences between Jews and Christians. Bassanio gives a story from childhood about archery. The purpose of this essay is to discuss the character of Shylock in the play and also introduce the uses of that name throughout history down to the present day. Unlike other clowns, who mock the high born characters by cleverly twisting their logic and rhetoric, Launcelot is a bad clown who makes the audience laugh with his dim witted attempt to be clever. Stoll says that Shylock is the villain in The Merchant of Venice because he hates Christians, and he attempts to kill Antonio, by taking his heart. He does not seem to acknowledge the possibility that this scheme could fail. His ships sink, leaving him unable.
The Christians thought the Jews were the devils because they killed Jesus Christ. This quote creates sympathy, as the audience feel sorry for shylock as he gets treated unfairly because of his religion. Antonio is a kind hearted man, proud of being a Christian and slightly full of naivety. The first question one must ask is whether the play is Anti-Septic or not. Discuss the relationship between Jessica and Shylock. Throughout the play the main question is whether or not Shakespeare wanted the audience to feel that Shylock deserved his punishment. Apart from Jessica who converts to Christianity, he is the only Jewish character and it feels he is somewhat ganged up on by all of the other characters.
Antonio agrees, mistakenly perceiving the bond to be in jest. There was such a figure available from the literature of the time, one man who could fulfill both functions: this man would be a usurer, or moneylender, with a beautiful daughter that he held onto as tightly as he did his ducats. The central characters in the drama are two friends Antonio and Bassanio pitted against a Jewish and cunning villain Shylock. During this time the Church also wanted the Jews out of the country. Spices and silks from Asia became important commodities in the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
Shylock is addressed both politely and impolitely by other characters in The Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare tries to make it an anti-Semitic play to attract more attention and make more money by selling more tickets. Antonio courageously speaks and stands against it. The Christians believed the Jewish people were the ones that killed Jesus Christ and that is why they were hated and treated differently. Shylock asks Bassanio if he would free his slaves and then Shylock says no one would free their slaves because the slaves are theirs. Unlike Antonio's friends who seem to have few beliefs, except for the belief in the power and importance of money, Shylock believes in his religion over money. However, her privileged position as a Christian heiress makes this statement both condescending and ignorant to the plight of marginalized, and systemically powerless, people such as Shylock.
Shylock had in the past been seen as evil for his miserly love of money, but now he insists on much more. In turn, during the play we are able to sympathise with Shylock and to fear him. All these quotes will create sympathy for Shylock as he is arguing for social and religious equality. Character Analysis Examples in The Merchant of Venice: In claiming that the world is a stage, Antonio highlights the affected nature of his sadness. In sharp contrast to these elements, however, Shakespeare also presents Shylock, a degraded old man who has lost his daughter and is consumed with a bloody greed.
Shylock learns that his rebellious daughter runs away and elopes with a Christian. Sinfield portrays Shylock as static and unchanging. While it is clear that he was an oppressed man, no reader of Shakespeare would shed a single tear for poor Shylock. By that point it is obvious to all that Shylock is consumed with evil and will stop at nothing to have his revenge, and the trial is both a condemnation of Shylock and a hope of reform for him. At the end of the scene Shylock is talking about Antonio to Tubal. The villain that we see in Shylock is the greedy moneylender.