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SHYLOCK The JewAn in-depth character analysisOften The character Shylock in Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice is portrayed as a beastly monstrosity with a lust for Antonios life Through a more careful examination it can be determined that Shylock was an upstanding member of his community who endured abuse forgave easily and upheld the customs and law Shylock endured much of Antonios abuse overt a long period of time This can be seen by the sheer volume of disgraces he has bore A good example is in Act 3 Scene 1 beginning with line 52He hath disgraced me half a million laughed at my losses mocked at my gains scorned my nation thwarted my bargains cooled my friends heated mine enemies-ShylockShylock had such a magnanimous spirit that he even offered Antonio who had abused him terribly a loan free of interest Shylock was willing to loan money to one who totally ruined him in public on terms that were nicer than his normal business terms This kind forgiving heart can be seen in Act 1 Scene 3 beginning with line 148Why look how you storm I would be friends with you andhave your love forget the names that you have stained me with supply your present needs and take no doit of usance for my moneys and youll not hear me This is kind I offer-ShylockOften this quote from Act 3 Scene 1 line 83Why there there there there A diamond gone cost me two thousand ducats in Frankfurt The curse never fell upon our nation till now I never felt it till now Two thousand ducats in that and other precious precious jewels I would my daughter were dead at my foot and the jewels in her ear portraying Shylocks treatment of his daughter after she ran away is manipulated to make Shylock seem beastly But within the Jewish culture and the time period his response was appropriate After his daughter ran away she
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