scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 894
The Many Faces of Shylock Throughout history people of the Jewish faith have been persecuted for reasons none other than their religion This ever-present Anti-Semitism was obvious in the Elizabethan period when William Shakespeare wrote his plays One of his works which focuses greatly on the negative bias against Jews is The Merchant of Venice which opened sometime in 1596 In the story Bassanio a young man infatuated with a wealthy heiress named Portia borrows money from his friend Antonio Antonio in turn borrows money from a Jewish banker Shylock When Antonio forfeits the loan Shylock is eager to take the pound of Antonios flesh that was agreed as punishment Portia however uses the law to prevent Shylock from doing so and through trickery forces Shylock to give up his possessions and convert to Christianity Throughout the story Antonio is blatantly condescending to Shylock which has lead many critics over the centuries to give many different interpretations of Shylocks character Three of the most common interpretations include a Shylock that is totally evil one that is fully pitiful and a Shylock who can be both tragic and comedic at the same time One way many people interpret Shylock is as a man who is completely evil and vengeful Critics prove this characterization by pointing out that although Shylock loves his family he loves them merely as possessions like his money Webster 123 For example when Shylocks daughter Jessica elopes with a Christian and sells Shylocks ring many critics would argue that Shylock was more upset about losing the ring than he was about losing his daughter because he runs about screaming O my ducats O my daughter IIviii15 In addition he was extremely quick to name the violent terms of the deal with Antonio for his revenge Iiii145 Shylocks forced conversion to 2 Christianity was simply to keep him from trying to kill someone like Antonio again therefore he doesnt deserve pity Shylock they say
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA