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William Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice contains many examples that insult Jews because they were the minority in London in Shakespeares time Although many parts of the play could be interpreted as offensive in modern times Elizabethan audiences found them comical The majority of Londons population at the time was anti-Semitic because there were very few Jews living there Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice supports anti-Semitism actions and thoughts and therefore proves that Shakespeare was an anti-Semite In the second act Launcelot is debating with himself whether or not he should seek a new employer Launcelots problem is that he works for Shylock who is Jewish Launcelot persuades himself that Certainly the Jew Shylock is the very devil incarnation 2224 Eventually Launcelot convinces himself that he would much rather run away than be ruled by a Jew Launcelot presents this argument to his father I am a Jew if I serve the Jew any longer 22104 Before Launcelot accepts a new job with Bassanio as his master he is reminded that Bassanio is much poorer than Shylock His reply to Bassanio was You have the grace of God sir and he Shylock hath enough 22139-40 Lorenzo insults Shylock behind his back when he tells Jessica Shylocks daughter that if Shylock ever makes it to heaven it is only because Jessica converted to Christianity Lorenzo said If eer the Jew her father come to heaven It will be for his gentle daughters sake 2436-7 When Lorenzo says this he is implying that Shylocks faith and his Jewish heritage is not strong enough to get him into heaven Lorenzo says that if Shylock is saved it is by his Jessicas sake because she has chosen Christianity over Judaism This statement implies that Lorenzo believes that Christianity is the religion that is powerful enough to admit one into heaven therefore Lorenzo is biased against anyone that is not a Christian such as Shylock the Jew Later
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