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Shylocks Downfall The Merchant of Venice By Raghav Kaushik KorektPhool In Shakespeares play The Merchant of Venice the character of Shylock is partially responsible for his own downfall Shylock is a victim of a society that values trade over human life he falls foul to a city that regards Jews such as himself as inferiors and even the intricate details of the law plays a part in his demise It is true that Shylock feeds fat to the fire by treating the Christians with contempt and his strong determination to dispose of his rival Antonio ultimately backfires upon himself However one does feel that the antagonists attitude and behaviour towards the Venetian populace reflects the very treatment he receives from the Italians The Jewish antagonist is Shakespeares most believable character in all his plays Unlike other villains in the literary genius other works Shylock is not to be passed as a rogue fully responsible for his demise at the end instead many factors affect his collapse and these issues are deeply rooted in the themes of The Merchant of Venice Shylock is an unfortunate scapegoat of a city that treasures business over human life In Scene 3 of Act 1 the bond that eventually leads to Shylocks ruin is made It is a ploy to do Antonio harm If I can catch him once upon the hip I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him Shylock explains a few lines earlier that this resentment towards Antonio was because the latter was depriving the usurer of business by lending out his monies gratis It is apparent from that scene that a fiery personal dispute has emerged from a business matter This illustrates that fact that Venetians are prepared to do anything for the sake of trade In this circumstance Shylock portrays a Jekyll-and-Hyde type of personality he is prepared to lend his enemies money charging no interest but in the court-case scene four
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