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In William Shakespeares play The Merchant Of Venice the character of Shylock is portrayed mainly as an evil Jew He is based on the typical stereotype of a Jew from Shakespeares time They were despised and mocked in most places However at times Shylock can be pitied Shylocks evil is emphasised with the repetition of the evil Jew which is said by several other characters throughout the play This is well used as it constantly reminds us of the evil Jew all the way through the play From the commencement of the play Shylocks strong disgust of Antonio is shown We are first told of this hatred when Shylock says I hate him for he is a Christian I iii L39 This unambiguous and straightforward statement not only tells us that Shylock hates Antonio but it simply tells us the main motive of many for his hatred of Antonio I feel that Shylock cannot be blamed for his strong loathing towards Antonio I think this because Shylock says Fair sir you spat on me on Wednesday last You spurned me such a day another time You called me dog and for these courtesies Ill lend you thus much moneys I iii L123-126 This dialogue clearly states with the use of a simile the reasons why Shylock feels so much disgust towards Antonio When Shylock is introduced into the play Antonio is attempting to borrow money from Shylock to allow his friend Bassanio to go to Belmont and try to win Portias hand in marriage Bassanio requires Three thousand ducats Antonio intends to repay Shylock with the money from his fleets of ships he hath an argosy bound to Tripolis another to the Indies I understand moreover upon the Rialto he hath a third at Mexico a fourth for
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