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Antonio a Venetian merchant complained of melancholy his friend Bassanio asked for a loan to court Portia Antonio agreed to help him and he approached Shylock a Jewish moneylender to ask for a loan Shylock was reluctant to lend his money to the Venetian Merchant Antonio and agreed only after the merchant staked a pound of his own flesh as guarantee Antonio agreed and soon after the deal was done Later Shylock was delivered a painful blow when his daughter Jessica left him for the warm embrace of her Christian lover stealing his money in the process Disgraced by what he saw as an insult to his pride and integrity Shylock was hungering for revenge After Bassanio got the money he met Portia and courted to her successfully At the same time Antonios loan was due to pay but he couldnt repay the money so Shylock charged him to the court in demanding his right of cutting a pound of flesh in Antonio Portia disguised herself as a male lawyer to go to the court to help Antonio She used her wit to persuade Shylock that according the contract he had a right to cut Antonios flesh but if Shylock made Antonio breed he should be arrest for shedding a Christians blood At last Shylock had no choice but to lose gave half of his wealth because he attempted to cut Antonios flesh In this play many people always regarded Shylock as a miserly and malicious Jewish moneylender People usually thought Shylock was so cruel to be a moneylender in order to earn money he could do anything He didnt give any mercy to Antonio and insisted to get Antonios flesh it could show how cold his heart In my view I thought people should understand that Shylocks bad behavior was caused by the society and peoples bias towards Jews I thought Shylock was a tragic character and he was totally created by the society
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