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In the Dukes opinion Act iv Sc1 Shylock is an inhuman wretch Do you agree Do you feel that Shylock receives justice at the end of the playThe Merchant Of Venice was written by William Shakespeare between 1596 and 1598 It was first published in 1600 Although this play is described as a romantic comedy there is an underlying plot of moral dimension in the development of Shylocks characterShylock is a Jew and at this time Jews were the focus of much racial prejudice and repression In fact the Jewish community in the middle ages suffered huge prejudice Jews were associated mainly with money lending as Christians could not lend money at interest to other Christians Shakespeares portrayal of Shylock and Tubal is based on common prejudice and ignorance tempered by his own liberal tolerance This racial prejudice is relevant within the play because is justifies the behaviour of shylock It is this prejudice that sets the plot and is a major theme within The Merchant Of VeniceAntonio who is supposed to be a hero is portrayed as a self- righteous prig at times Portia who might be expected to play a timid heiress is in fact shown as a strong-minded woman and Shylock is represented as a tragic outsiderShylock is a moneylender He follows the Jewish religion and has a house in Venice He lives with his daughter and is a widower It is not easy to see Shylock as a straightforward villain though despite the fact that when we first meet him this is what he appears to be The Duke calls Shylock an inhuman wretch The Dukes greeting for Antonio is warm but he damns Shylock with great forcefulness What The Duke does here is enforce the audiences views of Shylock Notwithstanding his jaundiced view of Shylock the Duke tries to reason with him and attempts to play upon his feelings of comparison and mercy for a fellow human being Everybody including
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