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Paper 1- Topic 7 I am a Jew Hath not a Jew eyes Hath not a Jew hands organs dimensions senses affections passions fed with the same food hurt with the same weapons subject to the same diseases heald by the same means warmd and coold by the same winter and summer as a Christian is If you prick us do we not bleed If you tickle us do we not laugh If you poison us do we not die And if you wrong us shall we not revenge -Shylock IIi58 Throughout history Jewish people have been persecuted and treated in a sub-human manner for their beliefs Now there is no way I can possibly talk about all the history in the next few pages Therefore I have chosen to analyze the bigotry and other forms of mistreatment towards Shakespeares Shylock in The Merchant of Venice These pages address a question that invariably arises in discussions of The Merchant of Venice a question of anti-Semitism Specifically these pages investigate whether there are anti-Semitic elements in The Merchant of Venice and more specifically whether Shylock is the embodiment or expression of some anti-Semitic attitude that is pervasive in Elizabethan society It is necessary to look at a timeline which will show how the Jewish people have The English of the late sixteenth century believed that Christianity was the only true religion and that God ordained the social order The individual who set himself against the establishment could only be a source of disruption or at worst evil Since Jews did not believe in Christianity they were a threat to the social order The character of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice was no doubt drawn from literature not real life The Jewish villain was a stock character in medieval literature To Prove a Villain - The Elizebethan Villain as Revenger Summary of History 1066 - Jews enter England 1144 - first
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