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In this scene Shylock is portrayed as a hateful man He wishes death on Antonio preferring to accept a weight of carrion flesh to three thousand ducats Previously in Venice he wished that his daughter were dead at his foot and that his jewels were in her ear He is also portrayed as an unmerciful person After Portia asks him to render the deeds of mercy he replies that he is not compelled to do so and refuses to Earlier in the play he is unmerciful to his daughter cursing her for converting to Christianity He wishes that she were hearsed at his foot and the ducats in her coffin Furthermore he is presented as a hypocrite While he refuses to show mercy to Antonio he begs for mercy falling upon his knees when Portia reveals her trump card the vital flaw in his argument He is also seen as materialistic and greedy He seems concerned about his money as shown from the way he demands for Portia to give him his principal and let him go after Portia reveals the flaw in the bond That not one drop of Christian blood could be shed while shedding blood would be inevitable in cutting the flesh This money-mindedness of his is also shown when he is more concerned about his ducats than his daughter after she ran away with his money He talks endlessly about his diamond gone that cost him two thousand ducats in Frankfort his precious precious jewels hardly sad at the loss of his daughter He is pictured as crafty and opportunistic He makes use of his power to decide Antonios fate as he has sworn on his holy Sabbath to have the forfeiture of his bond Earlier in the play he makes use of Antonios need of a loan He sets the terms of his bond wagering Antonios very life if he defaults However in some instances
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