Shylock In The Merchant Of Venice English Literature Essay

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Anti-Semitism  Elizabethan interpretation, (use original note sheet).

Introduction  Shakespeare, what the play is about, views expressed, when the play is set, prejudice, Venice being a big trading centre, issues and themes, views (getto) Groups of characters in play who have attitudes towards Jewish people, evidence that he is mistreated and out to get revenge

Villain  Quotes  critical analysis, familiarity in the text, use specific words. Analyse characters.

Victim  Court case (VERY CAREFULLY) missing his wife, analyse quotes and characters (shylock), consider what others say about him, victim of circumstance, joy at discovering Antonio's suffering with the ships, intention to kill, showing no mercy, Antonio spitting on shylock, overall treatment (anti-jews),

Venice perfect setting discrimination

Venice became a trades centre venice is located on the coast the structure main distribuston easily aceesable neighbouring cuntrees.

In Venice of the Sixteenth Century, the setting of The Merchant of Venice, Jews even had to live in a ghetto, separated from Christian-kind.

The merchant of venice is set in 16th century venice. It is the perfect setting for discrimination towards the jews to occur as they had to live in a ghetto, separated from Christian kind. Being a jew, Shylock had very few career choices with the only option as a money lender open.

In the 16th century venice became a trade centre as it is located on the coast, surrounded by a large mass of water, because of this structure distribution of goods

Very few career choices, money lended defenitiion victim , villain, however we also see him as a ..

Hubris!!!!! In a greek tragedy

Relate to characteristics

Aspects of both victim & villainy

Shylock as an evil man, victimised man

Shows how shylock has been treated sub-human

Been treated racially on a daily basis.

Shows the attidute towards a jewish man which would seem humerous.

As a modern audience we see him as a human , with a plea for equality

"hath a jew not hands" questions why racial hatred is tolerated.

Shylock is a victim of theft from his daughter "here catch this casket"

Jessica still takes more ducats Lia (wife) ring

Tubal has exchanged for a monkey.

Bible shows that

We see shylock becoming

An Elizabeth audience would find his suffering humerous as

Rerferred as a Jew,

Trial, broken man,

Then one again for being victimided for being a jew.

That he turns into a Christian, we see him as a truly broken man, social outcast in the eyes of the jews

Although constantly vicitimised he also shows a great deal of villainy

Formulation of the bond

Emphasis.

Revenge seeking villain.

Hatred towards Christian

Furthermore treaterment to Jessica shows that he is an unloving

Locked Jessica up from the world he has chosen to live in.

Shows love for ducat hatred for Jessica, showing that he is heartless and unloving

Hunger for antonios flesh becomes more apparent

He sharepens the knife shows every intention of killing Antonio

Showing no mercy .

Shylock shows villainy greed & heartlessness . . he wants bond instead of money

He craves for the bond to receive,

No intention on leaving the court with

Colclusion

Conversion of his religion, although it shows

Overall I think that

Can be explained for treatment

Victim of circumsrtance.

Does not equate to taking someones life

CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Include metaphors , detail

His play speaks to a modern audience.

Focus on trial scene it proves that evil is dominant in his thoughtat theat given time.

Page 16 act 1 scene 3,

Shylock is a Jew so he is treated badly by the Christians because of it the jews don't lend money without interest.

He treats his daughter "Jessica" horribly and the house hold of shylock is very tense and is not a happy place to live in.

All Jews have to wear red caps when they go out and also they are locked in a ghetto at night.

Shylock was spat on in act one scene

When Antonio went past shylock, Antonio spit on him.

He tries to act really nicely to Antonio "rest you fair, good signor".

He treats his daughter "Jessica" horribly and the house hold of shylock is very tense.

When he hears that there is a party he says "what, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica: lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum and the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd fife, clamber not you up to the casements then, nor thrust your head into the public street to gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces, but stop my house's ears - I mean my casements - let not the sound of shallow foppery enter my sober house. By Jacob's staff I swear I have no mind of feasting forth tonight; but I will go. Go you before me, sirrah; say I will come."

In the shylock house Lancelot is just about to exit and he passes Jessica and quietly says something about how she will escape that night with Loren

bassanios mind shylock is a villain

act 2 scene 5

ENGLISH - ACT 2 SCENES 5 - SHYLOCK VILLAIN OR VICTIM?

Villain:

"Hear you me, Jessica: Lock up my doors" Shylock is portrayed as a villain he is ordering Jessica about, almost like a slave.

"To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces"

This quote shows that shylock is being a villain, he doesn't want Jessica or even the house to listen or watch the carnival, he is attacking the Christian way of life as he doesn't want his daughter to have a good time.

"But yet I'll go in hate, to feed upon The Prodigal Christian."

He is criticising the Christians, the word "prodigal" refers to a bible story which Jesus used.

Victim:

"The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder; Snail-slow in profit, and he sleeps by day more than the wild cat."

Shylock has been cheated, his slave is literally eating his money as he is sleeping on the job, and over-eating.

"Farewell; and if my fortune be not cross'd, I have a father, you a daughter, lost."

As the reader, I feel very sympathetic towards Shylock at this moment as his daughter is leaving him. She says to him if her plans do turn out right, she will leave her father forever.

He is a Jew so he is treated badly by the Christians because of it.

All Jews have to wear red caps when they go out and also they are locked in a ghetto at night.

When Antonio went past shylock, Antonio spit on him.

He tries to act really nicely to Antonio "rest you fair, good signor".

He treats his daughter "Jessica" horribly and the house hold of shylock is very tense.

When he hears that there is a party he says "what, are there masques? Hear you me, Jessica: lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum and the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd fife, clamber not you up to the casements then, nor thrust your head into the public street to gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces, but stop my house's ears - I mean my casements - let not the sound of shallow foppery enter my sober house. By Jacob's staff I swear I have no mind of feasting forth tonight; but I will go. Go you before me, sirrah; say I will come."

In the shylock house Lancelot is just about to exit and he passes Jessica and quietly says something about how she will escape that night with Lorenzo and

CHRISTIANS ARE THE REAL VILLAINS IN THIS PLAY!!!!!!!!

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