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The Greed of Shylock In the play The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare the character Shylock is mean greedy money-loving Jew He shows these characteristics in the way that he acts through his daily life His character traits are evident in the way he loans money to Antonio the way he acts after his daughter runs away and the way he craves revenge after Antonios ships do not return Shylock shows his hateful nature by the way he treats Antonio when he lends him money When Antonio goes to Shylock to borrow money for Bassonio Shylock is very hateful and rude to both men Shylock says I hate him for he is a Christian I iii 39 Shylock is a Jew so he detests Antonio because he is a Christian Another reason Shylock is mean to Antonio is because he lends out money without charging interest which brings Shylocks rates down Shylock says he hates Antonio because He lends out money gratis and brings down the rate of usance hereI iii 41-42 Shylock is very upset with Antonio because he hurts his business When Jessica Shylocks daughter runs away from home with Lorenzo she steals part of Shylocks money and jewels Upon finding out his daughter is missing Solanio says that Shylock could be heard on the street crying A sealed bag two sealed bags of ducats stoln from me by my daughterJustice Find the girl She hath the stones upon her and the ducats II viii 18-22 Shylock is more concerned about losing his money than about losing his daughter He is so angry with Jessica for taking the money that he says She is damnd for itIII i 30 Shylock has little concern for Jessica and too much concern for his ducats When Antonios ships do not return Shylock will not even consider taking money in place of Antonios flesh He repeatedly says I would have
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