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Shylocks downfall Shylock in the play The Merchant of Venice is partially responsible for his downfall The trickery of the Christians the legal savvy of Portia and the highly technical nature of the bond were all major factors contributing Shylocks demise which as evident in the play could not have been avoided by Shylock Shylocks hunger for revenge his un-planned arrangements in regards to the legal proceedings and his dealings with the Christians and his stubbornness in taking the ducats all contributed to his defeat and were all avoidable It is however particularly noteworthy in the text that for as many factors which worked against Shylock and were avoidable there were far more factors put in play by the Christians which were effective in his down-fall The third major cause which heavily influenced the outcome of the play was society The primary cause of Shylocks downfall to which the Christians were responsible was the trickery which they employed in the court case The use of Shylocks hunger for revenge could see Portia as the sole liability in Shylocks demise however the factors underlying the face of the problem shine more light on the Christians and Shylock himself The first point to consider is that Portia was very much within her rights to seek legal advice and it should have been nothing but anticipated that she do so in such a situation The understanding which Shylock must have had was that the Christians would have acquired legal advice and under this understanding it would have been a very logical step to seek some legal advice himself The fact that Shylock did not seek legal advice should indicate strongly to the responder that he should also share the blame The second point to consider is that the Christians had no more legal knowledge than Shylock and whatever they could have done could have been achieved by Shylock as well In fact Shylocks intelligence is shown many
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